Our annual guide
over holiday-giving anxiety while picking just the right present for even the hardest
to please: juggling balls, decorative matches, beard
oil, and other stocking stuffers; 60 gifts for friends and family
of every passion, including a domed saltwater aquarium for your pet-whisperer brother, a screen-printed leather clutch for your fashion-girl best friend, and much more;
five New Yorkers confess their
dream presents—and hear about some real-world alternatives; outsourcing your way to a Norman Rockwell–worthy Christmas;
sea-salt-sprinkled-chocolate-chip, hazelnut shortbread, and twelve other delectable cookies; and how
to help six
On the Cover: Photograph by Horacio Salinas for New York Magazine.
The pioneering editor reflects on the demise of the magazine she was hired to save (“Every piece of the Zeitgeist was against Newsweek”), her infamous gala with Harvey (“That party was the end of the twentieth century”), and whether newspapers have a future in print (“ ‘No’ is the short answer”). Interviewed by Michael Kinsley
For seventeen years, Trevell Coleman (once an up-and-coming rap star) was haunted by what happened on one very bad, half-remembered night. Finally, he decided there was only one way out of his personal hell—to snitch on himself. By Jennifer Gonnerman
Our online universe has transformed from a dank grotto populated by snarky trolls to a mutual-affirmation society of like buttons and Facebook pep talks. But is a nice Internet really a good thing? By Nathan Heller
A good campaign season for the left also produced a winner at Fox News.
A rebooted movement confronts a modern constraint.
The Muppets’ masters of disaster.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
How a Chabad class portrait gets made.
Catching up with the goth kid from drama club, who's now the funniest guy on Twitter.
How one of the most confident—and entertaining—coaches in New York history lost his swagger.
The uptown iteration of Il Mulino pales next to the West Village original.
Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban’s pumpkin-seed-oil spread.
Can Whitney Cummings get some respect?
The pantheistic pleasures of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.
The doc maker fights City Hall over his new film on the Central Park jogger case.
The East End’s new Parrish Art Museum is an unexpected monument.
Bryan Calvert debuts retail-dessert line Cecil & Merl.
Readers sound off on the 2012 Presidential Election, Cory Booker, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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