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January 25, 2016 Issue

Cover Story

Who Knows Best

How smart do you have to be to raise a baby? A mother determined to prove her worth. By Lisa Miller
On the Cover: Photograph by Julie Blackmon, Robert Mann Gallery.

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Features

Perfect Pitch

The epic collapse of Relativity, Hollywood’s strangest studio. By Benjamin Wallace

The Strongest Candidate Is the Strongest Candidate

How 100 Republican voters in Iowa and New Hampshire see the world. By Gabriel Sherman

Intelligencer

Cityscape

Andrew Cuomo’s grandiose transportation plans may not be big enough.

Tribes: Family Businesses

Five New York dynasties talk succession plans, Brooklyn foodies, and dormant Russians.

Smirking in the Boys’ Room With Samantha Bee

She’s about to become the first female host of a late-night satirical news show. She wants to make damn sure she’s not the last.

The Future of Fandom Is Here

The St. Louis Rams are decamping for Los Angeles. Who cares?

The Cut

Beyond the Man-Bun

Modern men — and boys — demonstrate the wild new freedom atop the male head.

Strategist

Best Bets

Hanging-lamp shades, an upscale children’s store, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

The fashion blogger who started as a model.

27 Mood Lights

To keep you happy (Flamingo), relaxed (C-Sleep), or focused (Bolt).

Great Room

A light-filled loft with an eat-in bedroom.

The Restaurant Review

Michael White’s Vaucluse is just what the Upper East Side wanted.

The Dish

A cinnamon-sugar dusted and chocolate-dipped mandelbrot, a.k.a. a Jewish biscotti.

Restaurant Opening

A first look at Missy Robbins’s Lilia in Williamsburg.

Restaurant Opening

Pizzeria Sirenetta on the Upper West Side is a rustic, laid-back Italian pizzeria and restaurant.

Trendlet: Cacio e Pepe

How a humble pasta dish transcended its roots.

Culture

How Channing Tatum Learned to Tap-Dance for the Coen Brothers

And sing, kind of.

Paul Mooney Is Daring You to Laugh

The defiant figure of Mooney’s prime may be hard to discern these days.

Talking With Stephen Karam

The brilliant young playwright behind The Humans.

I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Drawing

By a man with no hands or feet.

The TV Review

There isn’t a single bad performance in Ryan Murphy’s The People v. O.J. Simpson.

The Book Review

Garth Greenwell’s exquisite, humorless new novel.

To Do: January 27–February 10, 2016

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

Departments

Comments: Week of January 25, 2016

Readers sound off on breakthrough moments, Sesame Street, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of January 25, 2016

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

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