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December 25, 2017 Issue

Cover Story

Maria’s Bodies

The hurricane in Puerto Rico has become a man-made disaster, with a death toll threatening to eclipse Katrina’s. (Lea en Español.) By Mattathias Schwartz. Photographs by Matt Black On the Cover: A body in the morgue of the Casanova Funeral Home in Manatí, photographed on December 3. Owner Edwin Casanova typically receives one or two requests for mortuary services a day. Since the hurricane, that number has risen sharply, to as many as 12. Photographs by Matt Black/Magnum Photos for New York Magazine

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‘The World’s Biggest Terrorist Has a Pikachu Bedspread’

Not every leaker is an ideological combatant like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Reality Winner may be the unlikeliest of all. By Kerry Howley

Kenji Dreams of Sausage

Can the nerd king of home cooking conquer the restaurant world? Jonah Weiner


The National Interest

Tax reform that isn’t.


ESPN’s Jemele Hill, Trump’s least-favorite sports authority.


Nine top architects share their dream projects to improve (or save) New York City.

The Cut

New Scene

The “Slaysians” of Bubble_T, New York’s queer Asian dance party.

The Strategist

Best Bets

Everlane’s storefront, Dyson’s first New York space, Kith streetwear for kids.

Look Book

The designer with an Edwardian-style pen pal.

A Confused Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin

Demystifying virtual currency for those who’ve been a little lost.

The Underground Gourmet Review

Chez Ma Tante serves simple, honest, gobsmackingly good food.

The Dish

Celestine’s braised rabbit kugel is a refined take on a Jewish classic.

The Underground Gourmet Digest

Special year-end sandwich edition, including spicy cheesesteaks, patty melts, chicken dips, and more.


Marie-Aude Rose is in the kitchen of Soho’s La Mercerie serving an obscure French cheesecake.


All 147 Michael Jackson Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best

From his voice to his image to his dancing, it was so easy to get swept up in his High Pop Art. Then things got weird.

Fierce at Heart

Laura Dern can finally be an angry woman.

How to Reinvent Yourself As a Fancy-Pants Auteur

He seems to have had the best coming-out year that (almost) nobody noticed. Here’s how his breakthrough happened.

Sponge Worthy

SquarePants on Broadway.

The Movie Review

Christopher Plummer is getting headlines for All the Money in the World, but it’s Michelle Williams who deserves them.

The Movie Review

The gripping In the Fade is anchored by a tremendous Diane Kruger performance.

To Do: December 27, 2017–January 10, 2018

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


The Approval Matrix: Week of December 25, 2017

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

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