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November 27, 2017 Issue

Cover Story

Every Parent Wants to Protect Their Child. I Never Got the Chance.

To fight for my son, I have to argue that he should never have been born. By Jen Gann On the Cover: Jen Gann and her son, Dudley, at their home in August. Photograph by Elinor Carucci for New York Magazine.

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Features

He Wanted Jihad. He Got Foucault.

A U.S. judge makes a first-of-its-kind bet: Maybe a convicted terrorist should just go to rehab. By Dina Temple-Raston

‘Nothing Like a Jew Eating a Pickle and You Put Some Christmas Carols Over It’

Amy Sherman-Palladino tackles the life of a female stand-up comic — in 1950s New York. By Willa Paskin

Intelligencer

Games

The NFL’s struggle to retain fans left or right.

Encounter

Daniel Ellsberg is still thinking about the papers he didn’t get to leak.

Debate

Rebecca Traister and the Times’ Ross Douthat spar on what makes men feel entitled to harass.

Reread: October 6, 2008

You could learn a lot at a restaurant table with tabloid gossip columnist Liz Smith.

The Cut

Djellabas and Converse

Moroccan style, as influenced by the internet.

The 2017 Gift Guide

Gift Guide: Under $50

Including giant googly eyes, the most handsome lighter, and the sparkliest backpack.

Gift Guide: $51 to $200

Including a fancy humidifier, alpaca slippers, and cactus-print Adidas.

Gift Guide: $201 and Up

Including an inflatable sailboat, a designer juicer, and the Bentley of hair dryers.

Culture: How to Win an Oscar in 2017

Stick to Your Obsessions Until Everyone Shares Them

Director Guillermo del Toro has always rooted for the monsters. Now he hopes the rest of us are ready to fall in love with one.

Play a Real Person

The biopic has become the most reliable Oscar staple. Can it still be great art?

Channel Your Self-Doubt

To play Tonya Harding’s withering mother, Allison Janney turned a caustic eye on herself.

Make the Movie That Speaks to the Moment

But between Trump, Harvey, and everything else, good luck guessing which moment to speak to.

Create a Great Film Based on a Terrible One

How The Disaster Artist recreated four of The Room’s most iconic scenes.

Lure a Makeup Magician Back for One More Job

After decades of trying, Kazuhiro Tsuji escaped Hollywood. Then Gary Oldman called.

The Movie Review

The Disaster Artist is primarily a pedestal for the ultimate James Franco ­performance — it’s his Lincoln.

The Movie Review

I, Tonya turns Tonya Harding from a punchline into a sympathetic character.

The TV Review

Search Party season two is a twist on antihero drama.

The Architecture Review

Casting a skeptical eye on the AT&T Building remake.

To Do: November 29–December 13, 2017

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

Departments

Comments: Week of November 27, 2017

Readers sound off on rapper Cardi B, the post-Weinstein era, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 27, 2017

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

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