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July 14, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

Sex Without Fear

The HIV-prevention drug Truvada could radically change the way many gay men think about sex—but some gay men wish it wouldn’t. By Tim Murphy
On the Cover: Photograph by Mark Peterson for New York Magazine.

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Features

Happy 16th Birthday, Here’s $3 Million

Dominican baseball prodigies on the verge of watching everything change. Photographs by Pieter Hugo. Interviews by Joe DeLessio

Kara Swisher’s Source Code

Silicon Valley’s most feared journalist is part pesky reporter, part clubby power broker. Sometimes she herself wonders about that ratio. By Benjamin Wallace

Edwin Edwards Will Live Forever

At 86, the infamous ex-con Louisiana politician is running for office again, prison-pen-pal wife and toddler in tow. His pitch: pretty good government. By Mark Jacobson

Intelligencer

Waiting for Super-Schism

For Democrats, education may be the most dangerous issue.

Life in Pictures: Solange Knowles

The singer headed to an Airbnb rental in the Louisiana countryside to work on her upcoming album, then traveled to another one in Austin for SXSW.

68 Minutes With Brit Marling

Talking gluten-free living, and other cults, with the indie ingénue.

Disrupting Baubles

Does anyone outside Silicon Valley even want a smartwatch?

The Cut

Out of the Box: Summer Louche

Long chains, loose buttons, no bras.

Strategist

Best Bets

Speedo Vanquisher goggles, step stools, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“The humidity makes me weep. I always have to wear a hat in the summer.”

The Restaurant Review

At Ivan Orkin’s new Lower East Side restaurant, ramen’s the star.

The Dish

Rose Bakery’s kedgeree is the latest arrival to these shores.

The Thrill of the Chill

A roundup of some of the city’s slipperiest, iciest Asian noodle dishes, from Vietnamese bún to Korean kimchee noodle soup.

Make Your Own Commune

Going in on a building or apartment with a group of friends, your in-laws, or even complete strangers isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

Culture

The Adaptable Tom Perrotta

The tragicomic novelist has turned one book of his after another into screenplays. Look, now he’s on TV.

The Trick of the Frick

Why is it so hard to keep Beaux-Arts museums looking beautiful?

Get Off Our Lawn

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler defend the homestead on the set of The Nest.

The Movie Review

Richard Linklater’s 12-year opus Boyhood finally arrives.

The Movie Review

A Master Builder is madly, bitingly, chillingly alive on screen.

The TV Review

The Last Ship puts movie-size mayhem in your living room.

The TV Review

The Strain is cheesy and gory enough to pass muster as turn-off-your-brain summer entertainment.

The TV Review

Extant threatens to float off into space, but at least it’s pretty to look at.

To Do: July 16–30, 2014

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of July 14, 2014

Readers sound off on Justin Bieber, real estate, and more.

The Vulture Crossword Contest

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

Competition: New York Superheroes

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The Approval Matrix: Week of July 14, 2014

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

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