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October 2, 2017 Issue

Cover Story

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?

The company has entered its imperial stage. By Max Read On the Cover: Mark Zuckerberg in Piedmont, South Dakota, in July. Courtesy of Facebook

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Preet Bharara Is Now in the Trump-Impeachment Business

Prosecution by podcast. By Andrew Rice

The Millennial Walt Disney

Optimized fun at the Museum of Ice Cream. By Anna Wiener

Googapella vs. the Vocal Network

Silicon Valley is aca-crazy. By Jessica Pressler


The Body Politic

Why does new criticism of Senator Warren sound so familiar?


The summer Justin Bieber made suburban New Jersey lose its mind.


Fifty-one minutes with Colin Farrell and Yorgos Lanthimos, whose new film is the “feel-bad movie of the year.”

Reread: June 21, 1982

Remembering when Christie Hefner took over Playboy.

The Cut

I Wore This When …

Sartorial memoirs of the city Excerpt adapted from Worn in New York, by Emily Spivack


Best Bets

Match strikers; express manicures

Look Book

The Berlin gallery assistant who’s glad he’s not from Westchester.

Design: A Box in the Woods

Two Estonian brothers created a prefab mirrored house that can be plopped practically anywhere.

Design: An Explosion of Color in Tokyo

This 24-room apartment building turned single-family home looks like a painting.

Design: And Absolutely No Color in Montreal

An all-black-and-white paint job transformed this 1950s bungalow.

Design: An Upside-Down Pyramid

A Japanese architecture firm’s vision for a vacation home in Spain.

Restaurant Review: Metta

Open-flame gaucho cooking meets Brooklyn locavorism.

The Dish

How a Bangkok KFC inspired one of the most interesting dishes at Uncle Boons Sister.


John Fraser is opening a gimmick-free brasserie in the West Village.


After a six-year stall, Dewey Dufresne unleashes his BYGGYBEEF sandwich, plus a turducken of sorts on marble rye.

The Truth About Vodka Sauce

After decades of food-snob derision, pasta alla vodka is finally getting some respect.


The 100 Best Screenwriters of All Time

As chosen by working screenwriters.

Why is Great Screenplay Writing So Hard to Judge?

If directors are always heroes and writers are always hacks, how is it possible to figure out if a script is good?

How Movies Are Written Now: The Rules

The dos and don’ts of writing a blockbuster for China.

Is Max Landis Everything That’s Wrong With Hollywood?

Or the only thing that still works?

How Movies Are Written Now: The Lesson

What Hollywood screenwriters are learning from Peak TV.

How Movies Are Written Now: The Rookie

Liz Hannah hoped her script about the Pentagon Papers might land her an agent. It wound up sparking on Oscar campaign.

How Movies Are Writen Now: The Conflict

Sequels aren’t just swallowing Hollywood. They’re killing the art of the screenplay.

How Movies Are Written Now: The Rewrite

The people behind the biggest superheroes wanted to build a universe. First, they had to relearn how to tell a simple story.

To Do: October 4–October 18, 2017

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


Comments: Week of October 2, 2017

Readers sound off on a possible IVF baby-boom, HGTV, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 2, 2017

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

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