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November 17, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

Smile, You're Speaking Emoji

Are words on the way out? The rapid evolution of a wordless tongue. By Adam Sternbergh
On the Cover: Illustration by Michael Pangilinan

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Benedict and the Cumberbitches

… And the Cumberbros. No one is immune to the actor’s charms. By Jada Yuan

Suicide at the Y

Did Sol Adler die because of the 92nd Street Y, the very institution he lived for? By Steve Fishman

Babysitting the Bomb

The missileers who watch over our aging, oft-forgotten, frequently persnickety, and potentially world-destroying nuclear arsenal. By Reid Cherlin


The National Interest

There’s one thing that should terrify Democrats: their own fatigue.

Life in Pictures: Derek Fisher

Game day with the player turned Knicks coach.

62 Minutes With ...

Designer Isabel Marant, who thinks her imitators have made wedge sneakers “vulgar.”

Move-in at One World Trade

Floor by floor at the now-occupied building.

Mr. Money Mustache

Meet the man who wants you to spend like you’re poor.

The Cut

They Woke Up Like This

Seven New York women, photographed as they prepare for their days.

57 Women Draw Their Boobs

We asked women on the street what they think their breasts look like.

The Flawless Microlift

A new machine tries to solve the age-old problem of aging.


Best Bets

New flagship designer stores, pop-up holiday shops, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

"We both showed up at the airport this morning and were like, 'What the hell?'"

Last Chance New York

Iconic city spots to visit before they disappear.

The Restaurant Review

Dirty French is uneven, but generally pleasurable.

The Dish

Deconstructing Underwest's halva-topped tahini doughnut.

Restaurant Opening

What to eat at Lyfe Kitchen's first New York location.

Restaurant Opening

Inside Williamsburg’s new Concord Hill.

Restaurant Opening

El Colmado Butchery, a new Meatpacking tapas bar with a twist.

Meet Your Meat

Live markets remind you what you’re eating.


The Unconventional Career of Jeff Daniels

Do we have a star?

Betraying Jasper Johns

The ambitious thief who earned the artist's trust.

How Azealia Banks’s Album Finally Got Released

And just what the holdup was.

The Post-Human Pop Singer

Hatsune Miku, a performing piece of holograph software.

The Movie Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is bleak, depressing, and really good.

The Movie Review

Cumberbatch's captivating strangeness elevates the otherwise conventional Imitation Game.

The Architecture Review

MoMA's scheme to fix urban problems is either too dainty or too sweeping to get it done.

The Theater Review

Hugh Jackman’s manly charms are on display in the haunting The River.

To Do: November 19–December 3, 2014

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


Comments: Week of November 17, 2014

Readers want George R.R. Martin to finish his series, debate about Jon Stewart.

The Vulture Crossword

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

Competition: Replacements for ‘Car Talk’

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

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 17, 2014

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

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