The most successful stars in the world aren’t necessarily the best or
even the most famous. They’re the ones who’ve maximized
their profit potential, monetizing their celebrity into a string of paid club appearances, presold baby photos, and endless freebies. A
cost-benefit analysis of the new celebrity economy. By Mark Harris
On the Cover: Photo-illustration by Darrow.
The Republican candidate has been running for president for half a decade, but familiarity has done nothing to dispel his mystery. And it’ll stay that way as long as he refuses to discuss his driving passion—his faith. By Frank Rich
Omar Calhoun is the best 18-year-old basketball player in the city. His sister, 15-year-old Sierra, might be even better. And through all the hype, they’ve stayed grounded, a rare thing in a high-school hoops culture that gave the world Stephon Marbury.
By Chris Smith
Across the street from shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital, a tiny park could
become the city’s first major AIDS memorial. And after reviewing 475 entries, the organizers of the project have chosen a winning design—unveiled
here for the first time.
By Justin Davidson
Sometimes even $400 zillion trillion in taxpayer bailouts isn’t enough to keep your industry out of the ditch.
Coughlin: adequate, brilliant.
Enviros play rough, nicely.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Jury strategizing for fat cats.
Loading up on carbs and discussing Alinsky with the soon-to-be Norma Rae of the runway.
The press loves drama and hates a front-runner. So guess who they are rooting for.
Crane’s compact heater, a down scarf, and more.
“I have to use a very strong gel. And then I spend like twenty minutes with the drying machine, mix in more gel, then put on some spray to make it look straight.”
Less grime and crime means more greenery and revelry.
Lace-ups made for wearing to the office, the market, the bar, or the park.
At La Promenade des Anglais and Mas (la grillade), a pair of high-end chefs go down-market in an attempt to suit the times.
In the midst of winter-citrus season, this cocktailian take on the screwdriver dusts off the old relic by employing bitters and an Italian citrus liqueur.
After twelve hours in the kitchen, all they want is a good workout.
Lana Del Rey overreaches, charmingly, on her debut album.
Eleven stars are born (or reborn) at Sundance.
The details of her origin story.
In this chilly gray season, four new films that don’t do uplift.
Writing guru Ben Marcus has finally learned an important lesson. His own.
On trying to like Philip Glass, again and again and again.
Readers sound off on Americans Elect, the Oscars, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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