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May 14, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The Maturation of the Billionaire Boy-Man

Mark Zuckerberg always had sharp business instincts—and bad boss skills. Now, with Facebook set to go public, the biggest surprise isn’t its valuation but that the 27-year-old whose business card used to read “I’m CEO, bitch” has figured out how to run a $100 billion company. By Henry Blodget
Plus: The Brooklyn computer geek who made Mark Zuckerberg; what Wall Street learned from the IPO courtship; why Facebook is now AT&T.
On the Cover: Photograph by Paul Sakuma/AP.


“I Want to Be Like Jesus.”

Cornel West sees himself as much more than a scholar—he’s a champion for social justice, Christian values, and speaking the truth at all costs. But as he departs Princeton for New York’s Union Theological Seminary, he’s more controversial than ever. Does it matter if a prophet doesn’t always practice what he preaches? By Lisa Miller

The Big Gulp

The bodega is a venerable New York institution, but with 7-Eleven planning to have well over 100 stores in Manhattan by 2017, it could go the way of the pay phone. By Willy Staley


The Banker’s Lament

One sign that the economy is no longer completely in the tank: More people are quitting their jobs than at any point since 2008.

Newt Gingrich, Founding Father

His campaign was a disaster—but the GOP is still his party.

Succession Failure

The real cost of the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

We are the ???

Occupy’s identity crisis.

63 Minutes With Gilbert & George

A greasy-spoon breakfast with the “living sculpture” duo.


The Mooch Is His Own Aflac Duck

Anthony Scaramucci helps the medium-rich invest in hedge funds. Attracting clients takes some creative effort.


Best Bets

The Vapur anti-bottle is sturdy when full, but rolls or folds flat when empty.

The Look Book

“Our culture has the idea that people have a shelf life. You can be in your sixties and have a lot of fun.”

The Underground Gourmet Review

San Matteo Panuozzo and Taboonette spinoffs leave the bread oven behind.

In Season

Ramps may be the first to arrive at the party, but nothing says spring is in the air like asparagus.

The Sixties Shift

Short, simple dresses—no Spanx required.

Not the Hamptons

Forget Rhinebeck, East Hampton, and Long Beach Island: In these six towns, you actually can get away.


Baby Steps

Where does modern art history start? The Met’s predynastic-Egypt show reveals the beginning of everything.

The Movie Review

I Wish, Girl in Progress, and a pair of other movies in which kids can’t catch a break.

Clarification: Superhero Movie or Kosher Dog Food?

A look at The Avengers.

The Pop Music Review

In his new opera, Blur’s Damon Albarn channels Queen Elizabeth’s angel whisperer.

When the House Is the Yard

At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, landscape architecture mingles with the steel-and-glass kind.


A Cookie With a Salty Side

Brenna White's chocolate chip cookies at Smile to Go.


Comments: Week of May 14, 2012

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

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