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September 24, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Cheating Upwards

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.


My Embed in Red

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

Hope in Brokeland

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

We’re Going to Take Over F---ing Hollywood

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


Rahmbo (Censored Version)

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.

Tinseltown Bailout

A proposal for fixing Hollywood’s box-office problem.

The Prose Dripped

Reading Guy Fieri.

The Neighborhood News

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.

102 Minutes With Joanna Coles

Sitting in on the first staff meeting called by the new Cosmo Girl from Yorkshire.


Don’t Say “Desperate”

Muslim unrest has created a challenge for Obama and the nation—and a different kind of crisis for the Romney campaign.


Best Bets

Tenzi, a convertible dog leash, and more new stuff in New York stores.

Raymond Tanter, Professor

“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.

The Urbanist's Lima

Year-round surfing, archaeological ruins, tsukiji-fresh seafood.

Restaurant Review

In the old Nuela space, a retooled South American joint.

In Season

Try quickly searing Romano beans in a cast-iron grill pan.

All You Can Eat

Just in time for fall-food-festival season, a guide to navigating the tasting-plate circuit.

Hungry on the Hudson

Loosen your belt. The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is back.

Who Is Le Plus Brooklyn?

The friendly French-food-festival rivals Le Fooding and Omnivore return this fall with competing schedules of dinners, demos, and alfresco feasts.


Still Rattling the Bars

John Cage at 100.

Pop Music Review

Nitsuh Abebe on the xx.

The Emperor’s New Tutus

Valentino dresses up New York City Ballet.

Art Review

Jerry Saltz on the Met’s “Regarding Warhol.”

Movie Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower nails teenage alienation.

He's Having a Baby

What to expect from Andrew Rannells on The New Normal.


A Tomato That Fights Free Radicals

A striking new purple variety called Indigo Rose.


Comments: Week of September 24, 2012

Readers sound off on Mindy Kaling, the state of New York’s housing projects, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 24, 2012

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

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