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April 2, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

It’s Different for 'Girls'

Lena Dunham, 25, has turned her imperfect body, drab romances, and love of oversharing into perhaps the most radical show on television, an upcoming HBO comedy about four women trying to make it in New York that’s as raw and bruised as Sex and the City was aspirational. By Emily Nussbaum
On the Cover: Photograph by Autumn De Wilde for New York Magazine. On the cover: Styling by Shirley Kurata. Hair by David Gardner. Makeup by Jenn Steichen. Shirt and skirt by Louis Vuitton. Sunglasses by Mercura.

Features

Stag Party

It would be easy to dismiss the recent rows over contraception, ultrasounds, and Planned Parenthood as fallout from this overheated primary season—but it’s nothing new. For the last three decades the Republican Establishment has been waging war on women for its own political gain. By Frank Rich

Pictures From a Battlefield

Twenty-five years ago this month, the slogan SILENCE = DEATH galvanized a group of aids activists to launch ACT UP, and photographer Bill Bytsura was there to document the movement’s leaders and foot soldiers. Here, portraits from the early days, with Chris Anderson’s updated pictures of the survivors. By David France

When Did Young People Start Spending 25% of Their Paychecks on Pickled Lamb’s Tongues?

Food blogs, downscale fine dining, and bad-boy chefs have transformed foodie-ism from a fusty hobby of the white-tablecloth set into a defining status symbol of millennial cool. By Michael Idov

Intelligencer

The Intern's Burden

Our interns surveyed 100 other New York interns about the apprentice’s life.

Too Much Tebow

Why Timsanity drives true fans nuts.

The News at NBC

Ratings pinch gives Lauer power.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Conflicts Spread

The politics of hummus.

109 Minutes With Candice Bergen

Pre-show spritzers with television’s onetime (reluctant) comedy queen, now braving (reluctantly) the Broadway stage.

Strategist

Best Bets

Don Saddles’ upholstered bicycle seats, Zimmermann opens in Soho, and more.

The Look Book

“I was born with curly red hair. My mom dressed me up as Shirley Temple when I was 2.”

Bossy Pants

Louder, brighter, busier britches.

You’ll Want to Take the Stairs

Up to the roof, anyway. Architect Andrew Franz builds a modernist pied-à-terre in Soho.

The Restaurant Review

The man behind Freemans and Peels ventures across the river for Isa.

In Season

Upland cress is often relegated to garnish duty, which is a shame since it’s delicious as a salad green.

Your Brain on Food

Calling a dish “crack” can come off as false advertising at best, poor taste at worst. We test the claims.

Culture

The Vulnerable Age

Why do some child prodigies flame out when others soar? At 17, Conrad Tao knows he could go either way.

The Music Review

Madonna gets lost on her latest return to the dance floor.

The Movie Review

Hollywood dials back the horror in The Hunger Games, turning it almost comfy.

The Movie Review

Bully may not be art, but it's wildly effective documentary.

Buckets Over Broadway

Tug Coker wears short shorts as Larry Bird in Magic/Bird.

The Theater Review

Once, the indie-rock movie that tried not to be a musical, charms its way onto a Broadway stage.

The Carson of Cable Access

Comedian Chris Gethard throws a party on the public airwaves.

Where the Radiant Baby Was Born

In a basement on St. Marks Place, Keith Haring became Keith Haring.

Agenda

Tacos in Dumbo

What to eat at Gran Electrica, opening next week in Dumbo.

Departments

Comments: Week of April 2, 2012

Readers sound off on Xanax, Goldman Sachs, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 2, 2012

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

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