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July 12, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

All Joy and No Fun

Social-science researchers keep coming to the same conclusion: Having children makes adults less happy. Why? Maybe it’s because American parents are demanding more of themselves than ever before. Or maybe it’s because we’ve forgotten what “happiness” actually means. By Jennifer Senior
On the Cover: Photograph by Katherine Wolkoff/Art + Commerce.


Subway on the Street

The MTA has a simple, not very expensive ticket for improving how the city gets around: Revolutionize the bus. But can even the most sensible ideas get implemented these days?

A Reasonable Man

In a world of loud voices and extreme positions, David Brooks manages to be both irrelevant and absolutely essential.


Later, Larry.

Next up: Joy Behar?

Spies Like Me

The return of Boris Badenov.

The Fourth Man

Shadow governor-ing.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Get Kotter

How teachers became the new lawyers.

Paulina Porizkova, Supermodel Turned Blogger, Doesn’t Want You to Judge Her

"I’m a Czech girl with thighs, so I’m doing my best.”

76 Minutes With Eddie Izzard

Firmly in “boy mode,” the actor and comedian takes on Mamet, chicken salad, and BP’s critics.


The Best Bet

An updated beanbag, a Greek-themed board game, and more.

The Look Book

"I’m always the life of the party, the funny one. I can find humor in a funeral!"

The New Collectivism

The various ways in which the city is becoming one giant commune.

Plaid on Fire

The classic shirt gets some added pyrotechnics.

The Underground Gourmet Review

In Williamsburg, a new high for nautical-themed dive-bar cuisine.

In Season Recipe

Beautiful elongated heads of romaine lettuce in red and green are at your local Greenmarket now.

’Tis the Saison

Assessing the craft-beer craze of the moment: Belgian-style summer ales.

Garbage In, Garbage Out

What happens when a Department of Sanitation garage is your new neighbor?


Rhythm and Blues

He writes massive hits for other pop stars. Can The-Dream finally do it for himself?

The Movie Review

The Kids Are All Right’s portrait of gay parenting is fearless enough to be hugely entertaining.

The Rise of Colin Quinn

The comic is appearing in Long Story Short, a one-man show about failed empires.

Growing Pains

Leonardo DiCaprio has been a star for most of his 35 years, ricocheting between teen idol and serious actor.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, and the secret life of a building on the Bowery.

Boundless Bite

Sloane Crosley turns her mordant eye to Lisbon, Paris, and beyond in a second collection of essays.

Imagine If He’d Had a Mac

Edgard Varèse composed digital music in an analog time.


C’mon Down to Aldea for a Good Southern Meal

The next event in the restaurant’s visiting-chefs series.


Comments: Week of July 12, 2010

Readers sound off on Helen Mirren, lobster rolls, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of July 12, 2010

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

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