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January 14, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

The Self-Help Issue

Self-help used to be confined to tucked-away bookstore aisles; now it has gobbled up all of American publishing and much of America too. Boris Kachka takes stock of the inspiration factory; Kathryn Schulz asks how we can fix the self when it remains a mystery; Bill Hader reveals seven secrets to becoming your very best Bill Hader; and we give you the key to reading 31 inspirational books in four minutes.
Plus: How SoulCycle turned an exercise class into a feel-good phenomenon. And Elizabeth Wurtzel confronts her life’s triumphant train wreck.
On the Cover: Bill Hader. Photograph by Phillip Toledano. Styling by Mindy Saad; Grooming by Regina Harris; Stunt-double casting by Matthew Wulf/Wulf Casting

Features

Suds for Drugs

For more than half a century, Tide laundry detergent has been one of the most loved brands in America, catering to apple-pie-making stay-at-home moms and, now, crackheads. By Ben Paynter

The Left Flank

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has cast himself as a progressive champion, battling Wall Street, Republican megadonors, and even the White House. Is he taking on Andrew Cuomo too? By Chris Smith

Intelligencer

Grading the Glitterati Professoriat

Here, what students thought of the teaching of celebrities who have stepped inside the classroom.

Cantor, Cornered

Why the House GOP hotshot may not be brash enough.

Mules in Headsets

Jets doomed by consistency.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Stress-Free Strategy

Anxiety and the mayoral race.

69 Minutes With Damien Echols

Getting inked by the face of the West Memphis Three, now on the outside after eighteen years in prison.

Strategist

Best Bets

An egg yolk extractor, glass tumblers, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I took a bus up from Washington, D.C., the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.”

The Underground Gourmet Review

At Chez Sardine, a playful approach to Japanese-inspired tapas via Montreal and the West Village.

In Season

Horseradish's super-pungent, sinus-thumping heat cuts the richness of winter’s meaty stews and braises.

Restaurant Opening

For the next three months, Birdbath will operate a “green burger joint” at Books of Wonder.

Restaurant Opening

Maloney & Porcelli unveils a fifties-style soda fountain and luncheonette on the third floor.

Restaurant Opening

The Wayland launches a fifteen-seat sandwich shop called Animals.

Brisket Breaks Out

A once-humble cut finds new cachet.

A Gay New Time

The city’s gay subculture is experiencing another nocturnal boomlet, thanks to a post-recession spate of new LGBT bars, clubs, and parties. Here, a survey of the scene, complete with the requisite go-go boys, outré drag artists, and low-key lounges for people who just want to drink.

Culture

Benjamin Walker’s Post-Presidency

A vampire slayer goes back to Broadway.

The Art Review

MoMA’s survey of the roots of abstract art is illuminating—although it shines that light mighty selectively.

The TV Review

Enlightened’s heroine is still deranged, but not totally wrong.

Criminal Appeal

Walton Goggins defends the south’s good name, in bad-guy roles.

Agenda

Hibernation Cuisine

A three-day cassoulet binge, cooked up by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43.

Departments

Comments: Week of January 14, 2013

Readers sound off on Where to Eat 2013, Black Jews, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of January 14, 2013

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

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