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November 25, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

Platinum Underdog

A northern girl embraced as the face of country music. A celebrity-dating tabloid magnet who takes breakups as hard as any adolescent spurned. Sitting with Taylor Swift in her homebody Nashville penthouse, it’s not hard to see how her perpetual insider-outsider persona has helped make her pop’s true superstar, bigger than any of her peers with big records this fall. By Jody Rosen
On the Cover: Taylor Swift. Photograph by Karen Collins/Trunk Archive.

Features

The Truly Paranoid Style in American Politics

Fifty years after JFK’s assassination, with fever-dream claims (spying on every phone call?!) coming true, the climate for conspiracy-mongering has never been so rich. From fake moon landings to Bill Clinton’s body count, a greatest hits of out-there theories. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells

Twin Titans of Stuyvesant High School

Jack and David Cahn are possibly the most overachieving seniors in the city’s most overachieving school. And soon, very soon, they will be unleashed onto the world at large. Or at least college. By Jada Yuan

Intelligencer

Lulu’s Grade Inflation

On the app for slandering ex-boyfriends, courtesy reigns.

The Sticky-Finger Discount

A dossier on the craziest edible thefts, from nuts to Nutella.

The Other Wiki Wars

Wikipedia’s most revised pages, and some of the editorial battles they’ve engendered.

59 Minutes With Dick Parsons

Riffing on Harlem’s Jazz Age, old and new, with the Citigroup chairman turned club proprietor.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Columns

In the Tank

Why teams have started torpedoing their seasons to secure top draft picks, and why that is an absolutely terrible strategy.

Strategist

Best Bets

JoAnn Berman furniture, Sass & Bide opens in Soho, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

I wish I could say that I came to New York to be a model, but I moved here a few years ago on political asylum.

The Underground Gourmet Review

A sandwich specialist ditches the bread, pours on the fish sauce.

In Season

Rainbow lacinato kale takes well to this riff on creamed spinach from Quality Italian chef Scott Tacinelli.

Restaurant Opening

The Simone opens on the Upper East Side.

Restaurant Opening

The 606 R&D team opens takeout joint R&D Foods.

Hit Print

The idea of starting a (non-digital) magazine in this day and age seems downright insane. And yet, for those keeping score at the newsstand, dozens upon dozens of them have sprung up in the past few years.

Fashionables

The unveiling of Alexander Wang's Balenciaga in Soho.

Culture

Adventures in Publishing

What does the book business look like on the inside? Insanity.

Restoration Project

Steven Soderbergh sends Williamsburg back in time.

Futurama

A first look at the Queens Museum's world of tomorrow.

Extreme TV Repair

How Kanye fixed his broken 60-foot screen and saved the Yeezus tour.

The TV Review

Bill Cosby is as you remember him in his first stand-up special since 1983.

The Theater Review

The full Elizabethan treatment is kind to Richard III and fantastic to Twelfth Night.

The Movie Review

A new director makes a difference in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

To Do: November 2027, 2013

25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of November 25, 2013

Readers sound off on abortion, NFL bullies, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 25, 2013

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

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