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August 27, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Fall Preview 2012

Movies: Amy Adams joins Paul Thomas Anderson’s cult; Marion Cotillard pretends to be legless. Pop: David Byrne and St. Vincent team up; Gwen Stefani rejoices at No Doubt’s reunion. Theater: Katie Finneran prepares for Annie; Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Jessica Chastain: another Broadway movie-star season. TV: Adam Scott sifts through his past; Connie Britton learns to sing for Nashville. Books: Junot Díaz wises up for his new story collection; Michael Chabon checks in on State Senator Obama. Art: Richard Artschwager finally indulges his nostalgia; a MoMA garage sale. Classical & Dance: Thomas Adès brings his opera to the Met. Food: The Torrisi trio takes on a mid-century Italian kitsch; old-school bagels get more old-school. Stores: Fifty-one proprietors pick their favorite new merchandise; Madison Avenue goes downtown, Soho goes uptown. Nightlife: A jungle juiceria, a Texan booze-and-movies palace, and nine other new spots to lounge; bartenders predict a mezcal invasion. Plus: In every section, what our critics are really itching to see, hear, read, and eat, and a cultural calendar to fill every day from September through November.
On the Cover: Matt Rourke/AP (Jay-Z); David Livingston/Getty Images (Streisand); Jason Merritt/Getty Images (Bieber); Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images (Dylan); Patrick McMullan (Adams, Diaz); Gregg DeGuire/Filmmagic (Phoenix); David James, SMPSP/© DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. (Day-Lewis as Lincoln); Ali Goldstein/Courtesy of NBC (Fey and Baldwin); Theo Wargo/WireImage (Pacino); Steven Mark Needham/Envision/Corbis (Spaghetti and Meatballs); Nino Munoz/Courtesy of Fox (Spears, Cowell) ; Chris Haston/Courtesy of NBC (Crystal the Monkey)


Nora’s Secret

When Nora Ephron died of cancer in June, it caught nearly everyone—many of her closest friends included—completely off-guard. Ephron had always made her life an open book. So why did she decide to hide her illness? By Frank Rich

Game Time

Barclays Center opens in Brooklyn on September 28 with eight sold-out Jay-Z concerts, a middling basketball team, and a lot of super-premium branding. Will that be enough to make it a success? By Will Leitch

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Is on Your Screen

Two decades ago, conservatives howled that Hollywood was engaged in a propaganda campaign to spread liberal values across America. For better or worse, they were exactly right. By Jonathan Chait

Please God Stop the Rain

The residents of Prattsville, a Catskills town of 700, were used to riding out floods. But when Hurricane Irene hit a year ago, they were faced with a deluge like they’d never seen. By Josh Dean


From: Barack Obama

His campaign e-mail subject lines, selectively excerpted, show a candidate who, though ahead in the polls, is still straining to recapture the old spark.

The Life of the Pity Party

Jennifer Aniston’s strange run as America’s favorite spinster next door.

Paris Is Yawning

Shrug, shrug, shrug at the home team.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

A Stomach for Politics

Precedents for Ryan-ab intrigue.

112 Minutes With Kreayshawn

At a Hello Kitty emporium with Oakland’s semi-Harajuku YouTube rap sensation.


If It Were Me Shopping ...

Fifty-one proprietors on the new merch they're most excited to carry.

The Torrisi Boys Go Old-School

Newfangled mid-century Italian on Thompson Street.

Eleven Reasons Sleep Is Overrated

Boozy cinemas, baroque nightclubs, and other wee-hour enablers.


Amy Adams's Spiritual Revival

A reformed naïf smites nonbelievers in The Master.

David Byrne and St. Vincent Break the Brass Ceiling

Pop’s nerviest duo indulge their horn-filled fantasies while there’s still a music business to bankroll them.

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without Some Bile

The sunny Katie Finneran finds her inner harridan for Annie.

Junot Díaz’s Counterlife

The onetime literary “it” kid is still writing like he’s got something to prove. but with his new collection, he’s also got a few things he’d like to tell his swaggering teenage self.

Richard Artschwager Does More With Less

At 88, with a Whitney retrospective ahead, what is the last great minimalist doing? Simplifying his own life.

Thomas Adès’s Eight-Year Itch

His celebrated opera The Tempest finally washes up on our island.


Trail of Crumbs

Dorie Greenspan is opening retail bakery Beurre & Sel.


Comments: Week of August 27, 2012

Readers sound off on Kim Kardashian, Jane Pratt, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 27, 2012

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

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