If there’s one sentiment that unites our divided populace, it’s that America
ain’t what it used to be. But is our country really entering its twilight, or are we
just in the midst of yet another declinist panic? By Frank Rich
Reflections on the celebrity projection screen known as TomKat: Did an American sweetheart mount a daring escape from the clutches of her wacko husband? Or was Tom Cruise really the dupe all along? By Benjamin Wallace
With a new book, Lionel Asbo: State of England, and new home, Brooklyn, the British novelist holds forth on money, porn, Hitch, and the end of postmodern fiction. Interview by David Wallace-Wells
When the president of a liberal-arts college brought an at-risk Rwandan scholar to campus, his good intentions were challenged in ways he could have never imagined. By Sanford J. Ungar
There have been at least 125 fatal mass shootings in the United States since Columbine.
The story lines that redefine tragedies.
Marissa Mayer and the lessons of Sarah Palin.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
It’s Grindr’s fault.
Bagging batteries and playing matchmaker with the geek darlings of public radio.
Why does Mitt Romney have such a hard time talking about what matters most to him?
Vrac Rosé from Provence, a computer brush, and more new stuff in stores.
“I study American history. That’s what I’m passionate about.”
A pair of beloved West Coast restaurants, one Thai, the other Chinese, open outposts in New York.
At each stage, Poona kheera is sweet and juicy and about as crunchy as Honeycrisp apple.
With an increasing number of restaurants growing their own, we compare the crops.
The classic shape in all sorts of sizes.
Masked superheroes, buzzy bookstores, technorati food trucks.
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Is Gina Gershon the queen of NC-17?
The Kodak Colorama, back in Grand Central.
Batman gets an overstuffed send-off in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Film critic vs. art critic on Christian Marclay's The Clock.
Murray’s Cheese Bar is a 56-seat restaurant serving fromage in all its sharp and stinky forms.
Readers sound off on Spike Lee, Reddit, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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