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March 10, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

Sterling Cooper Draper Olson

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss is very good at what she does, but that doesn’t mean she takes it all seriously. By Willa Paskin On the Cover: Elisabeth Moss. Photograph by Cass Bird for New York Magazine. Styling by Heidi Bivens at The Wall Group; Hair by Tommy Buckett for Garnier Fructis at The Magnet Agency; Makeup by Hung Vanngo for CK One Color Cosmetics at The Wall Group; Special thanks to the Greenwich Hotel. Denim overalls from What Goes Around Comes Around; Safety-pin earring by Loren Stewart.

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Features

The Greatest Showbiz Book Ever Written

Moss Hart’s self-mythologizing autobiography masked more than people guessed. By Frank Rich

The Gavel Drops at Sotheby’s

Hedge-fund activist Daniel Loeb wants to see the old auction house act more like a Wall Street bank. By Andrew Rice

Is San Francisco New York?

With rents higher than Manhattan’s, the lefty city is at a philosophical crossroads. Dispatches from an ambivalent boomtown.

Best of New York

Our annual guide to the pinnacle of products, food, and services in the city, whether you need shoes resoled or a rare orchid.

Intelligencer

The Joshua Generation

Jason Collins and Michael Sam are heroes. More important, they are forefathers.

Life in Pictures: Jemima Kirke

The Girls free spirit narrates a day at home. (Best read with lilting British accent).

68 Minutes With Matt Taibbi

Raging against hacks with the muckraker turned magazine-maker.

Spring Break: A History

The parts we can remember.

The Women Who Run Hollywood

And the slacker husbands they’re over.

The Cut

Sneakers in the Audience

In New York, Milan, and Paris.

What’s Out There Now

Four classic sneaker styles—with a twist.

Nicolas Ghesquière’s Rousing Debut at Louis Vuitton

Clothes take advantage of technology without sacrificing the brand’s history.

The New Coach Coat

The handbag giant surprises with outerwear.

Culture

Lars’s Real Girl

French pop royalty (and willing Nymphomaniac) Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Decision

Novelist Benjamin Kunkel vowed to become a Marxist public intellectual. And so he has.

“It’s Ugly Out There.”

Can the Weather Channel survive a hail of competitors?

The Art Review

There’s a smart show buried in this big bland Whitney Biennial.

The Movie Review

Nymphomaniac: Everything you always wanted to know about sex.

The Movie Review

Le Week-End is unbelievably marvelous, in light of its depressing trajectory.

The Theater Review

Everything’s up to date in The Bridges of Madison County.

The Classical Music Review

How can the Vienna Philharmonic change without changing?

To Do: March 12–26, 2014

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

Departments

Comments: Week of March 10, 2014

Readers sound off on Alec Baldwin, Normcore, and more.

The Vulture Crossword Contest

Figure out the hidden theme to win a New York subscription.

Competition: Biography in a Couplet

Enter in the comments section, or on Twitter with the hashtag we've provided.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 10, 2014

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

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