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March 21, 2016 Issue

Cover Story

Criminals? Victims? Freelancers?

The controversial battle over whether sex work should be as legal as accounting. By Mac McClelland

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Features

Friends Forever

Why do so many 20-somethings want to stream a 20-year-old sitcom about a bunch of 20-somethings sitting around in a coffee shop? By Adam Sternbergh

The Woolly Mammoth in the Coal Mine

Faena House, Miami Beach’s newest status symbol for the ultrarich, blithely confronts the ever-rising sea. By Jessica Pressler

There Wasn’t a Republican Establishment After All

The institution — often referred to as a “firewall” — might be little more than a myth. By Frank Rich

Intelligencer

The National Interest

Is Obama getting to be the centrist president he’s always wanted to be?

Ogling Oculus

What people lying on the ground think of Santiago Calatrava’s — finally finished — transportation hub.

63 Minutes With Don Cheadle

On Miles Davis and #OscarsSoWhite.

The Urbanist: Expats

Life in Bali, Shanghai, and Beirut.

Reread: April 14, 1969

The Trump voter, before Trump.

The Cut

The SVA Project

School of Visual Arts students have their way with a box of designer clothing.

Strategist

Best Bets

Lettuceware, two-legged tables, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

The artist who wears his mother’s coat.

Escape Your Scene, Not Your Squad

Traveling with friends means you can afford a seaside villa. But will you all like each other by the end of the trip?

The Restaurant Review

At Momofuku Nishi, David Chang tweaks his familiar formula — with mixed results.

The Dish

OddFellows’ ube-ice-cream sandwich with shiso granola and coconut dulce de leche.

Restaurant Opening

Williamsburg’s National Sawdust performance space gets its very own restaurant.

Restaurant Opening

A first look at Covina, the new Cal-Med spot from the O Ya team.

Restaurant Opening

Panini expert Il Bambino’s new Manhattan outpost.

Coming Soon

What to expect at Dizengoff NYC, Michael Solomonov’s Chelsea Market outpost.

Culture

Batman Vs. Superman

What we talk about when we talk about Batman and Superman. Politics, mostly. And American empire.

Pride and Prejudice and Perpetuity

The ongoing allure for artists and readers of the Jane Austen classic.

Not Them Again!

Concert promoters from the heyday of the soon-to-be-reuniting Guns N’ Roses share war stories of working with the band.

The TV Review

The Americans’ brilliance sneaks up on you.

The Book Review

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is interesting in its imperfection.

The Movie Review

Krisha is not your ordinary family-holiday psychodrama.

The Movie Review

Miles Ahead is electrifying.

To Do: March 23–April 6, 2016

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

Departments

Comments: Week of March 21, 2016

Readers sound off on conservatives who loathe the possibility of a Trump presidency, pimple-popping, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 21, 2016

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

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