When Obama lost the first debate so badly to
Mitt Romney, his team was worried but not panicked. The real fear kicked in a little later. “If we
don’t fix this,” said adviser David Plouffe, “we could lose the whole election.” By Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
On the Cover: President Obama at the University of Denver presidential debate, October 3, 2012. Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.
The film 12 Years a Slave is undeniably powerful, but it doesn’t have the power some of us wish it did. By Frank Rich
Eleven months after Sandy Hook, Newtown’s mourning remains incalculable, especially that of the parents who lost their children. And the influx of sympathy—and money—has sometimes made the grieving more difficult rather than less. By Lisa Miller
Once upon a time, Area was the beating heart of downtown nightlife, part art space, part dance floor, and wholly spectacle. By Joshua David Stein
David Barton leaves behind the culture he helped create.
PathoMap has documented 137 different types of bacteria on five subway lines.
Interrogating cinema, pornography, and the surveillance state with the pervert philosopher.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Alexander Calder jewelry, a McKenzie-Veal coatrack, and more new stuff in stores.
“When you work in this world all year-round, Halloween isn’t that exciting.”
Daisuke Nakazawa, a former pupil of Tokyo’s most famous sushi chef, goes his own way.
Cauliflower works well tucked into this macaroni-and-cheese recipe adapted from Melt.
A new look at an old favorite.
Some New Yorkers whip up nightly five-course meals. Others use their ovens for storing off-season sweaters. So how much is a kitchen worth, anyway?
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Inside the locker room with a former Denver Bronco.
Mercedes is reportedly contemplating bringing the car back—snazzier this time. Here, a look at Maybach as muse.
One in three women has an abortion by the age of 45. How many ever talk about it? New laws, old stigmas. 26 stories.
Here are six American scandals Rob Ford might want to study before making his next move.
She was once married to Bill Levitt, one of the richest men in America. Now she lives in a rented one-bedroom, alone with her memories. But oh, what memories.
The politics of Bill de Blasio’s signature issues are about to get personal.
Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he?
Bruce Dern road-trips to claim bogus prize money in Nebraska.
Three heartening moments from the new-music scene.
Readers sound off on Obama, liberal feel-bad movies, and more.
25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Where to shop, three easy escapes, and more.
Classic and new takes on Brazilian fare.
Want to rile a Paulistano? Broach one of these hot topics.
Where the locals would stay if they weren’t locals.
Nouveau cachaça bars, boutique hostels, and snake farms.
Copo glasses, a lightweight side table, and more new stuff in New York stores.
A first look at Swerve, Unity Yoga, AKT inMotion, and CityRow.
The recession and soaring gold prices may have put a damper on the city’s jewelry scene, but it is brightening of late.
“The stuff that happens in that store is crazy. But, you know, it’s Soho.”
Robert A.M. Stern’s buildings seem like they’ve always been there. What’s the crime in that?
Laurie Metcalf tenses up onstage in Domesticated and on HBO’s Getting On.
Michael Cera delivers on the set of David Cross’s Hits.
Remembering Lou Reed, a pop star for grown-ups.
Alex Gibney confronts cycling’s top cheat in The Armstrong Lie.
In Betrayal, backward runs Pinter until reels the mind.
Christopher Wool’s stenciled words speak loudly—and not everyone wants to listen.
25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Readers sound off on Bill de Blasio, juice trends, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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