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March 26, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Listening to Xanax

Xanax is to 2012 what Prozac was to the nineties: a much-used, much-craved pill that has come to define our national mood. But are we really in love with anti-anxiety drugs or with anxiety itself? By Lisa Miller
On the Cover: Illustration by Ward Sutton.


The Paul Clement Court

Conservative lawyer Paul Clement is the toast of the Supreme Court, before which he’s arguing seven cases this term, including the repeal of the health-care law. He insists his work is far more intellectually driven than politically motivated, but if he succeeds, he could end up knocking down key pillars of the Obama presidency. By Jason Zengerle

Becoming Johnny Ramone

In an excerpt from his forthcoming posthumous autobiography, the Republican rocker talks about his angry image (“I tried to make sure I looked like that”), Phil Spector (“I’m surprised that he didn’t shoot someone every year”), and the punk competition (“They were junkies, so I knew they wouldn’t last”). By Johnny Ramone


Sex Tapes: Where Are They Now?

Following celebrity sex-tape litigation.

Goldman Is Rubber

Its critics are glue. And its clients don’t care what they’re called, so long as the returns are good.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.


Rating on a curve.

140 Minutes With Ross Douthat

Eating, praying, and drinking with the Times’ conservative wunderkind.


The Santorum Scenario

Could he get the nomination? Science says yes—with a little help from a certain being he’s very close to.


The Best Bet

Nautical doormats, Aire opens in Tribeca, and more.

The Look Book

“They will have [class], but I’ll be hung-over and sleeping.”

The Achievables

Three evolving neighborhoods that strike the perfect balance between affordable and desirable.

The Restaurant Review

Danny Meyer’s North End Grill doesn’t rise to destination level.

In Season

You might think the Greenmarket in late winter to be bereft of leafy greens, but in fact it’s a veritable salad bar.

Spring Forecast

Thai by way of Oregon, Baltimore lake trout, Wisconsin-style pizza, and parsley-root sundaes for dessert: a guide to what New York will be eating next.


Butts Below the Border

Will Ferrell brings his comedy (and unlikely body-image crusade) to Mexico.

The Theater Review

A staggering new Salesman goes back to the source.

Eight Hours at the Comfort Inn

The zingiest art fair of the season was a one-day affair in a Lower East Side motel.

Why Not Me?

It was 1957, and a teenager from Brooklyn already had her eye on the top of the charts.

Do You Live in a Former Brothel?

The author of Island of Vice lifts the city’s skirts for a look.

Home for the End of Days

Degenerate King Abel Ferrara tackles DSK and the apocalypse.


A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside Some Sausage

The Toucan and the Lion joins the Scotch-egg craze.


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