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February 7, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

Drowning in Porn

As a web-porn tsunami continues to wash over us, what’s the damage? Yet another media industry nearly destroyed by the Internet; a youth culture more sexualized and chaste at the same time; and adult bedrooms full of three-ways, with two real people subjected to the tyranny of a busty projection.
An After-School Conversation With Girls About Sex and the Internet
Porn and the Vanishing Male Libido
On the Cover: Photograph by Thomas Ruff. Taken in 2000 from a series titled Nudes, in which the artist manipulated images found in “thumbnail galleries” on the Internet. Courtesy of David Zwirner gallery, New York.


The Lords of Rikers

The juvenile unit of the New York City jail is a survival-of-the-fittest finishing school for the roughest kids in New York. And an upcoming case alleges the guards run the show.

Steven Slater’s Landing

From folk hero to pitchman, the long tail of overnight fame.


Banks Bombed in Bond Battle

Angry investors have started filing big-time lawsuits.

Snow Muscles

A new book by a noted economist says that warm Januarys are the surest predictors of urban growth.

The Good Wait

What those subway countdown clocks do to your brain.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Gang Green, Blue

This isn’t the Super Bowl week that Jets fans dreamed about.

52 Minutes With Stephen Thompson

An albino teacher’s aide from Brooklyn is suddenly a darling of high fashion. He’d rather talk music and art.


Best Bets

A portable, gas-powered fireplace, free skiing in Prospect Park, and more.

The Look Book

"When it’s really cold, I wear a thermal unitard."

The Underground Gourmet Review

Pasta gets its due at Porsena.

In Season

Anita Lo shares a simplified version of her recipe for home.

Trendlet: Total Baloney

American chefs are reclaiming the lunch meats of their brown-bag-toting, diner-hopping youth.

Denim for the People

Long live the cheaper, stronger, and still-great-looking blue jean.

Cyber Grilling

A co-op board meets its first Skype applicants.


The Big Thaw

Miranda July led a pack of breakout stars at the hottest Sundance in years.

The Theater Review

Tennessee Williams’s late work gets a new shake on his 100th birthday.

The Book Review

Swamplandia!, a treacherous Everglades folktale from the promising Karen Russell.

Made for Each Other

In Kalup Linzy, James Franco met his performance-art match.

The TV Review

Don’t write off Skins just yet—it’s got greasy, amoral potential.

The Movie Review

Racy, ripe, and madcap, Kaboom is a delectable surge of hormones.


Comments: Week of February 7, 2011

Readers sound off on Obama, Travis the chimp, and Donald Trump.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 7, 2011

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

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