Rebel Wilson is determined to create a truly awkward female lead in prime time. Now she’s got to convince the network powers-that-be that America’s ready for one. By Lynn Hirschberg
On the Cover: Photograph by Robert Maxwell for New York Magazine.
Just two decades on, the reality-TV genre is running out of appealing stars, plagued by people who have assiduously studied how to be a personality. In Shain Gandee, star of Buckwild, MTV struck the authenticity mother lode, until the show became a real-life tragedy. By Benjamin Wallace
Oprah Winfrey on saving her network—and letting go of the imperative to uplift constantly. By Josef Adalian
Some people living near wind turbines say they’re making them sick; others feel nothing, which, for the sufferers, can be almost as maddening. By Kristen French
With the October 1 implementation of the Affordable Care Act looming, conservatives are doubling down on their efforts to stop it yet again. A diagnosis of their peculiar (but not completely illogical) obsession. By Jonathan Chait
How real is Dennis Rodman’s “basketball diplomacy”?
Iris Van Herpern explains her surrealist costumes for the New York City ballet.
Buildings protect people and their things from the violence of nature—except when they don’t.
The daughter of Morgan Stanley’s low-key CEO takes the spotlight.
Who, between Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio, is the uniter, and who’s the divider? Depends on whom you ask.
A combination colander-bowl, the Strand gets a pop-up shop, ambidextrous scissors, and more.
“What I do is art—shaping the body, it’s all about symmetry.”
Where to down vodka, trawl three eras of collected art, and take a walking tour of the local hipsterbia in Poland’s quietly booming capital.
Wrists get serious hardware with silver cuffs.
The Elm is Paul Liebrandt's fairy-tale forest.
Labor Day doesn't mean the end of summer, as this corn salad shows.
These new loaves are more than just a caraway-studded vehicle for pastrami.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kerry Washington, and other nominees on the scenes that earned them Emmy nods.
The difficulties of writing a satisfying series finale.
Radical filmmaker Adam Curtis storms the Armory with Massive Attack (and the BBC archive).
Once Stephen King's sequel to The Shining stops being awful, how good does it get?
The first of the 1,000-footers stomps onto 57th Street.
Hugh Jackman takes the law into his own hands (and then whacks Paul Dano with it) in Prisoners.
25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Readers sound off on Michael Bloomberg’s legacy and Mike Daisey’s controversy.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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