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March 11, 2013 Issue

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Best of New York 2013

Our obsessively vetted guide to the very best of everything this city has to offer—where to find the most outstanding food; home help; shops and boutiques; bars and entertainment; child’s play; and beauty and health meccas—including beef-tongue fries, indoor surfing, hard-drive rescuers, a Bond-villain-worthy Jamaican bar, pig-placenta facials, and a math museum that’s actually fun.
On the Cover: Illustration by Rodrigo Corral and Wenkang Kan.

Best of New York 2013

Lipstick on an Elephant

Republicans have been agonizing over ways to put a more smiley face on the conservative brand. But maybe a GOP revival requires even less of a makeover than that. By Frank Rich

The Teddy-Bear Nihilist of Morningside Heights

A decade ago, publishers viewed Sam Lipsyte and his funny-bitter Gen-X alter egos as a hard sell. A Times best seller and new story collection, The Fun Parts, later, it’s clear the times have changed. By Boris Kachka

Back on the Trail

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is running for his old congressional seat, trying to make an ally of his ex-wife, Jenny, and preaching the lessons learned from his infamous ramble “on the Appalachian Trail.” By Jason Zengerle

Intelligencer

Time-Warp Diets

Here, a rundown of other diets that have come around every few years, or millennia.

The Fog Kingdom

The useful imponderability of Amazon, America’s new most reputable company.

Biggest East

A tournament’s magical run.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Last Stand at Oakwood Beach

Buyouts and good-byes on Staten Island.

97 Minutes With Alexa Chung

Music lessons with the fashion muse turned TV anchor.

Culture

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

The earnest, rational, slightly unknowable Rachel Weisz.

Influences: T Bone Burnett

In no particular order, these are the artists who shaped his musical development.

James Franco Beach House

With Selena Gomez and Harmony Korine on the set of Spring Breakers.

Oooh, Williamsburg

A so-what plan is trumped by daring.

The Book Review

The time-traveling, mind-bending world of Anne Carson.

The Art Review

Go to the Frick and park yourself in front of Piero della Francesca’s Virgin and Child.

The Theater Review

Can a star turned writer simultaneously hate and love himself?

To Do: March 6-20, 2013

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of March 11, 2013

Readers sound off on gay divorce, Cecilia Chang, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 11, 2013

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

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