Our annual guide once again aims to take the agonizing indecision out of holiday shopping with twelve can’t-fail guidelines (and some helpful suggestions) for finding the perfect present.
A handful of chefs and a mixology master put together four sumptuous food baskets. Stockings will runneth over with these 30 tidbits. Notable friends—and couples, and colleagues, and families—on what they want to find from each other under the tree. And an experience is worth a thousand poorly wrapped Christmas sweaters, whether it’s a twerk lesson or olive-oil tasting.
On the Cover: Clockwise from left, Broadway’s four Matildas: Milly Shapiro, Bailey Ryon, Oona Laurence, and Sophia Gennusa. Photograph by Martin Schoeller for New York Magazine. Prop styling by Bednark Studio.
Although Nikki Finke made her name as the ball-busting scourge of the Hollywood Establishment, her boss, automotive heir Jay Penske, still might have expected his to be spared. He can’t say she didn’t warn him. By Benjamin Wallace
Constant testing of kids from age 4 up has become standard, and the latest curriculum revision, Common Core, is one that many decry as unreasonably hard, causing two thirds of kids to fail. This is leading more and more New York parents to make a radical decision: not to have their children take the test at all. By Robert Kolker
Jordan Belfort lived a life of grotesque excess, made millions of dollars illegally, cooperated for a soft sentence, wrote a best-selling book, is being portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, and has reinvented himself as a motivational speaker at peace with his life in California. So why can’t he get a good night’s rest? By Geoffrey Gray
The National Book Awards’ quest for relevance.
The annoyances of having a famous neighbor aren’t limited to the scrum of paparazzi peeking over your hedges.
Playing catch with nouveau cabaret’s leading diva.
Toro breathes new life into an old dining trend.
Pomegranate makes a festive, sweet-tart addition to this seasonal fennel salad.
Three weeks before Nabokov's Lolita, there was Dorothy Parker's. Coincidence?
Eight masterpieces that shouldn’t be overlooked in MoMA’s interstitial places.
Middle-earth expat Ian McKellen does double duty on Broadway.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark drops the curtain for good on January 4 (then splits for Las Vegas), leaving behind the biggest bill in Broadway history.
How Michael Williams’s paintings left my retinas quivering.
A lot of thought goes into making a great place for play.
Jefferson Mays is eight entertainingly dead people in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Readers sound off on Taylor Swift, conspiracy theories, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
The four stars of Broadway’s Matilda on what gifts they’re hoping for, why Christmas morning can be hit-or-miss, and the enduring appeal of Dick Van Dyke.
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