At Stuyvesant High School, college admissions and future success seem to
ride on every test score. But 16-year-old Nayeem Ahsan thought
he’d found a way out of the pressure-cooker for him and 140 friends—by sharing
his answers on the State Regents Exams. By Robert Kolker
On the Cover: Photograph by Peter Hapak for New York Magazine.
During the GOP convention, the mainstream media told the story of a unified party rallying around its candidate. Watching the same events unfold through conservative outlets revealed something far more tumultuous. By Frank Rich
Michael Chabon’s latest novel, Telegraph Avenue, is packed with lowbrow Americana, high-minded empathy, and loads of literary chutzpah, including a cameo by Barack Obama. That’s not a coincidence—Chabon may just be the perfect writer for the Obama age. By Kathryn Schulz
John Gotti Jr. had been to prison, lost millions, and walked away from the Mafia. But when he tried to sell a movie about his legendary father, he found that Tinseltown could be a rough place, even—or especially—for a wiseguy. By Steve Fishman
The Rahm Emanuel now serving as Chicago mayor is not the same Rahm Emanuel who was a political celebrity as a hard-charging congressman and White House aide and chief of staff.
A proposal for fixing Hollywood’s box-office problem.
Reading Guy Fieri.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
A look at All the Art That’s Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn’t) by Times veteran Jerelle Kraus.
Sitting in on the first staff meeting called by the new Cosmo Girl from Yorkshire.
Muslim unrest has created a challenge for Obama and the nation—and a different kind of crisis for the Romney campaign.
Tenzi, a convertible dog leash, and more new stuff in New York stores.
“Yes, this is my look. I’ve worn a bow tie for the last 30 years.”
The bag of the season (as seen on the sidelines at Fashion Week) must be both strapless and the size of an iPad.
Year-round surfing, archaeological ruins, tsukiji-fresh seafood.
In the old Nuela space, a retooled South American joint.
Try quickly searing Romano beans in a cast-iron grill pan.
Just in time for fall-food-festival season, a guide to navigating the tasting-plate circuit.
Loosen your belt. The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is back.
The friendly French-food-festival rivals Le Fooding and Omnivore return this fall with competing schedules of dinners, demos, and alfresco feasts.
John Cage at 100.
Nitsuh Abebe on the xx.
Valentino dresses up New York City Ballet.
Jerry Saltz on the Met’s “Regarding Warhol.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower nails teenage alienation.
What to expect from Andrew Rannells on The New Normal.
A striking new purple variety called Indigo Rose.
Readers sound off on Mindy Kaling, the state of New York’s housing projects, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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