How did autism and Asperger’s become so widely diagnosed,
and how did “Asperger’s-y” become cultural shorthand for everyone
from a moody husband to an aloof Silicon Valley titan to both
presidential candidates? A journey across the spectrum. By Benjamin Wallace
On the Cover: Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images (Obama); Krasilnikov Stanislav/Itar-Tass Photo/Corbis (Zuckerberg); Adele Starr/AP (Aates); Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images (West); Powell/Express/Getty Images (Warhol); Gary Gershoff/WireImage (Byrne); Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic (Hannah); Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images (Harmon); Universal History Archive/Getty Images (Jefferson); Photo12/UIG/Getty Images (Darwin); David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images (Slash); Universal History Archive/Getty Images (Einstein); Nati Harnik/ap (Buffett); Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images (Aykroyd); Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images (Rowling); Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images (Rodman); Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images (Romney). Illustration by Gluekit.
The Knicks’ Mike Woodson could be the most boring coach in the NBA. He also might be the perfect man to tame Carmelo and the MSG circus once and for all. By Will Leitch
The 31-year-old science-journalism wunderkind was ostracized as a fabricator and a plagiarist, but he was hardly the only popular writer shaping his conclusions to support ted-talkready insights. Lehrer just happened to be that culture’s brightest rising star—and its first real victim. By Boris Kachka
Here, eight prominent persons with shifting electoral allegiances.
What the 2012 campaign has done to Internet humor.
A butterfly theory for Bloomberg’s super-PAC.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
A volunteerism hot zone.
Talking circumcision and SSRIs with the ribald Girls star who wants to be known for her other art.
Four ways the campaign may be undead on November 7.
A washable keyboard, emotion-specific pencils, and more new stuff in stores.
“I enrolled in what I thought was a self-defense class for women, but it ended up being mixed martial arts. We did knife-fighting and gun disarmament.”
Who doesn’t love watching the New York marathon? With more than 47,000 entrants, though, good luck keeping track of all those sweaty bodies. Herewith, a race-day spotter’s guide featuring ten runners to watch out for.
A half-marathoner goes undercover to size up the offerings at five local shops.
Buyers are snatching up new developments—again.
Camouflage, epaulets, and lots of muddy greens: Military jackets have become the transition-season staple.
Despite appearances to the contrary, Angolo Soho is no tourist trap.
Peanuts, in their raw or “green” state, have arrived at Greenmarket.
Long defined by its odoriferous canal, Gowanus is starting to smell a little more appetizing.
This fall’s busiest supporting actor is a little stressed out.
Ryan Murphy’s Glee and American Horror Story are good again, for now.
Picasso’s monochrome paintings display a rainbow of emotion.
Thomas Adès’s The Tempest is an exemplary reminder of why we go to the opera.
Alicia Silverstone and Amy Heckerling’s Clueless reunion.
Denzel Washington is terrific as an alcoholic aviator in Flight.
Elizabeth Falkner opens Krescendo in Boerum Hill.
Readers sound off on AIG, Tom Wolfe, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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