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May 25, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

In Defense of Distraction

Twitter, Adderall, lifehacking, mindful jogging, power browsing, Obama’s BlackBerry, and the benefits of overstimulation. By Sam Anderson


Honk, Honk, Aaah

Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s Transportation commissioner, manages to be equal parts Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. As she prepares to close swaths of Broadway to cars next week, she is igniting a peculiar new culture war—over the role of the automobile in New York.

Sacred Monster

On the eve of the Met’s giant retrospective, a critic asks: Was Francis Bacon really the greatest painter of the twentieth century, or just a fascinating mess?


WTC Cheat Sheet

Construction is under way at ground zero—but not much of it.

Geffen ‘Times’

Does the Hollywood billionaire really want to own (much less fix) the newspaper of record?

Dickensian Denial

Victim or accomplice?

Spam Haiku

Why 60 percent of Twitterers quit.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

110 Minutes With Adrien Brody

It’s springtime, and the lanky native New Yorker hits the park, supposedly trying to stay incognito.

T.I.’s 25th Hour

The rapper reports to a Georgia prison on May 26 to serve a yearlong sentence.

Back and Forth

Jada Yuan talked to Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel about not playing each other’s love interests.

Hooked Up

Steven Soderbergh hired film critic Glenn Kenny to play the owner of a website that rates escorts.

Senior Moment

Nyle’s remake of a Lil Wayne track received over 500,000 hits after he posted it online last month.


Dem Bums

The city has not elected a Democratic mayor in twenty years, and this year’s candidates have an uphill fight. Why can’t the party rise again?


Best Bets

Fly sneakers, free bike rides, and more.

The Look Book

“I’m an extreme bohemian. I barter for room and board with my roommate.”

The Restaurant Review

At Seasonal, a taste of Vienna with a modern spin.

In Season

There may be no better way to pique an appetite than with a mildly sharp breakfast radish.

Take Two

De Niro dishes on his supporting role.

At Least They’re Looking

Open-house traffic is perking up. But is anyone actually buying?

Bars of New York

The discriminating imbiber’s handbook.


The Education of Mandy Moore

New album, new marriage, new life. But all she really wants to do is cook.

What to Read This Summer

Reality rules, even on the beach.

The Architecture Review

The Guggenheim celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright.

Excess Bravado

Screaming Females lead a DIY punk movement in (say what?) New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The Movie Review

Christian Bale is one humorless savior in Terminator Salvation. Where’s Arnie when you need him?

Tomorrow Man: Sam Worthington

The Australian actor, now making his marquee debut in Terminator Salvation, spoke with Logan Hill.


Maritime Cheese

It’s time to reconsider Camembert, that old cocktail-party stalwart.


Comments: Week of May 25, 2009

Readers sound off on teen pregnancy, Selena Roberts, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 25, 2009

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

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