No one wants to wake up on Labor Day thinking, Oh, man, summer is gone. I’m so lame, all I did was watch House reruns! That would be awful! So turn the page, and plan for summer joy, with: water fun, from yachting to nudism; barbecue meats fit for a five-star kitchen; the big blue new bike-share cycles; five seasonal-delight specialists, from a bouncy-castle inflater to a synchronized swimmer for hire; road-trip itineraries that Jack Kerouac would envy; kiddie fantasies made real; chef-devised picnic spreads; slushy booze; and entertaining, culturally uplifting, or otherwise compelling activities for every day of the season.
Is tingling. She knows you’re watching her. By Jessica Pressler
Hiding out with Fiona Apple, musical hermit. By Dan P. Lee
If PETA had its way, these racing pigeons would be grounded—instead of starting a 250-mile, four-hour, magnetically enhanced (scientists think …) trip back to New York. By Molly Langmuir
The banter auteur is back on the small screen after a sojourn in Hollywood. And in talking about television, he just can't contain himself. By Mark Harris
Barack Obama’s critics have decried his negative campaigning against Mitt Romney for undermining his message of hope and change. But if the president is serious about getting reelected, he needs to ignore those Beltway wisemen and study up on the nastiest political attack of them all—Lyndon Johnson’s “Daisy” ad. By Frank Rich
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Our roundup of news from around the city.
But Louis Stokes lost.
A hot plod through Soho with the Olympics-hosting, Samuel Johnson–quoting mayor of London. (Who also happens to be a native New Yorker.)
Cleary Gottlieb attorney Lee Buchheit knows how to fix what ails Greece and Spain and Italy—though creditors may not want to hear it.
How Beasts of the Southern Wild (and its 8-year-old star) became a film-fest phenomenon.
“Most of what I saw at Documenta is weak stuff. But then I got a glimpse of art’s future.”
Brave, starring Pixar’s first female lead, casts a spell.
Dance music is mainstream, raves are filling stadiums, and concert promoters are salivating with wallets open.
Girls star Adam Driver turns on the charm (eventually).
The new-catch Holland herring is in, and importer Russ & Daughters has added a sandwich to its roster.
Readers sound off on Bloomberg, Peter Beinart, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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