January 14, 2013 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
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
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
Here, what students thought of the teaching of celebrities who have stepped inside the classroom.
Why the House GOP hotshot may not be brash enough.
Jets doomed by consistency.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Anxiety and the mayoral race.
Getting inked by the face of the West Memphis Three, now on the outside after eighteen years in prison.
An egg yolk extractor, glass tumblers, and more new stuff in stores.
“I took a bus up from Washington, D.C., the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.”
At Chez Sardine, a playful approach to Japanese-inspired tapas via Montreal and the West Village.
Horseradish's super-pungent, sinus-thumping heat cuts the richness of winter’s meaty stews and braises.
For the next three months, Birdbath will operate a “green burger joint” at Books of Wonder.
Maloney & Porcelli unveils a fifties-style soda fountain and luncheonette on the third floor.
The Wayland launches a fifteen-seat sandwich shop called Animals.
A once-humble cut finds new cachet.
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.
A vampire slayer goes back to Broadway.
MoMA’s survey of the roots of abstract art is illuminating—although it shines that light mighty selectively.
Enlightened’s heroine is still deranged, but not totally wrong.
Walton Goggins defends the south’s good name, in bad-guy roles.
A three-day cassoulet binge, cooked up by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43.
Readers sound off on Where to Eat 2013, Black Jews, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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