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March 5, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The Lost Party

This was supposed to be the Republicans’ election to lose. What happened? By John Heilemann
On the Cover: Rick Santorum supporters waving signs at traffic outside a campaign event for Newt Gingrich in Florida. Photograph by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine.


2012 or Never

And if the GOP can’t win this one, what does that mean for its future? The real reasons behind the party’s existential panic. By Jonathan Chait

Whitewashing Gay History

The hard-won celebration over same-sex marriage shouldn’t obscure the fact that many of its liberal champions—Andrew Cuomo and Bill Clinton among them—spent decades on the wrong side of the gay-rights struggle. By Frank Rich

Björk’s Big Bang

The Icelandic pop singer’s latest incarnation: world’s most otherworldly music teacher. By Nitsuh Abebe

Those Fabulous Confabs

The TED conference has turned the wonky eighteen-minute presentation into a populist intellectual movement. But if everyone is now a smart-talk guru, can the talk really be all that smart? By Benjamin Wallace


The Diet-Drug Underground

A gray market of thinness has emerged, with medication for all sorts of maladies taken for their purported slimming side effects.

Lucky Bounces

Jeremy Lin is a good basketball player. But Linsanity wasn’t about skill.

Duck, Cover

War reporting while female.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Tyranny of Yuks

The social pressures of a comedy-obsessed generation.


The Best Bet

Otter wax, a half-pipe desk, and a coffeemaker.

The Look Book

“I draw on my clothes—little doodles and stuff.”

The Boom Boom Apartment

At adman Richard Christiansen’s Chinatown loft, every night is Saturday night.

Underground Gourmet Review

Jack's Wife Freda reimagines gefilte fish, breakfast shakshuka, and other tokens of the Jewish-food diaspora.

In Season

The crisp and bitter radicchio, first cultivated in the Veneto region of Italy, can play the lead.


Awesome Guys, Great Job!

Tim and Eric made a movie for their stoner fans and asked them not to download it for free. Amazingly, they listened.

The New Mayors of Old Macdougal Street

The Coen brothers channel 1961.

The Movie Review

Wanderlust takes a weary idea (city slickers move to a commune) and somehow gets new laughs.

The Last Pitcher Show

Danny McBride takes the mound for one more season of Eastbound & Down.

Hell on Wheels

Mike Kelley’s copy of his childhood home survives him, at the Whitney Biennial.


Comments: Week of March 5, 2012

Readers sound off on Nicki Minaj, Tory and Christopher Burch, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 5, 2012

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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