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September 10, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Joe Biden Isn’t Finished

The vice-president’s off-the-cuff candor is both his greatest political asset and his gravest liability. And with Paul Ryan in the race, what Biden says now matters more than ever. By John Heilemann
On the Cover: Joe Biden. Photograph by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photo/New York Magazine.


Tebow vs. Sanchez

Everyone’s got an opinion, and if they don’t, they will soon. Will Leitch forecasts how the Jets’ crazy quarterback experiment could succeed or end in tears; Joe Theismann draws up plays for both signal callers; Joe Namath, Rex Ryan, rabid fans, and college cheerleaders weigh in on the debate; Jerry Saltz explains why Tebowing is great art; and a statistical guru analyzes who should actually start.

31 Shocks Later

When the mother of 16-year-old Andre McCollins sent him off to the Judge Rotenberg Center, she thought the school—with its unusual form of behavioral modification—would be a godsend for her developmentally disabled son. Then she got a call that he’d had a very bad day. By Jennifer Gonnerman



A decades-old method for tapping ancient reserves of ­natural gas has become the big environmental flash point of the moment.

Complex Division

The limits of playing the race card.


The phrase every reporter seems to know.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Throwing Tomatoes at Canned Tomatoes

Misguided preservation effort.

103 Minutes With Molly Ringwald

Rifling through paperbacks with the eternal eighties darling, and new littérateur.


Shel Game

Sheldon Silver, the most gifted Albany player of his generation, kept a payoff quiet. Will Andrew Cuomo win?


Best Bets

Plasti Dip’s Create You Color kit, a cluster chandelier, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

Coleman Skatepark recently underwent a two-month, $400,000 overhaul. Here, a portfolio from opening weekend at the city’s coolest place to shred.


Split skirts open to the left, to the right, or smack down the middle.

The Restaurant Review

At Rosemary’s, the Village trattoria meets the rooftop garden (with a Hamptons crowd).

In Season

For post–Labor Day picnicking, grab a few juicy, semisweet red plums.

1/100th of an Acre of Heaven

Even the most urban soul has a little homesteader fantasy of a cozy back garden.


Magic Mike

Michael K. Williams's disappearing act.

The Book Review

Zadie Smith points her literary compass in a new direction.

Clarification: Meganovel or Meteorological Behemoth?

Comparing Zadie Smith's NW to N.W.A, NWS, and The CW.

Dumpster Hive

Two artists turn a blue-chip Chelsea gallery into a junk-bin fantasyland.

The Movie Review

The bad girls of Bachelorette throw a good party.


Grounds for Grazing

Food-geek-megamarket All Good Things opens in Tribeca.


Comments: Week of September 10, 2012

Readers sound off on Nora Ephron, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 10, 2012

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

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