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October 24, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright

The current crop of twentysomethings were brought up to think they were all winners. Widespread unemployment and an economy going who-knows-where have made them feel delusional. And yet, it could be that their coddling parents gave them precisely what they need to make the best of this mess. By Noreen Malone
On the Cover: Photograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath for New York Magazine. Typography by Dienstelle 75.


After the Rapture

Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted the world would end this past May. Since then, he has recalculated—and is now sure it will end this Friday. His followers are adjusting accordingly. By Dan P. Lee

“I Was No Longer Afraid to Die. I Was Now Afraid Not to Die.”

The secret subject of Joan Didion’s work has always been her troubled daughter. Her wrenching new memoir tells us why. By Boris Kachka


The Freeloading Playbook

Diagrams of some famous IRS-dodging strategies.

Can Cain?

On Fulton Street, contemplating an all-black election.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Stalk Tips

How to investigate your prospective boyfriend.

After DVDs

The meaning of Netflix’s stumbling summer.

83 Minutes With Chrystia Freeland

Fielding a faux pitch by the new, Davos-friendly face of Reuters.


The Best Bet

A mod-looking humidifer, a week full of sales, and more.

The Look Book

“I think branding is the most important thing in the world.”

The Restaurant Review

Zak Pelaccio’s Manhattan version of Fatty ’Cue is more slick and ambitious (and pricey) than the Brooklyn original.

In Season

There’s no mistaking the aromatic flavor of the fennel plant or its breath-freshening seeds.

Butternut’s Just the Beginning

Some buyer’s tips for the cucurbita connoisseur.

The Leather Shirt

Why should jackets have all the fun?

How to Survive a Zombie Attack

A fight-or-flight primer to outliving the urban undead.


Hollywood on the L Train

The under-30 Williamsburg filmmaking collective behind the new Elizabeth Olsen movie.

The Movie Review

Margin Call inadvertently becomes the film of this financial moment.

The Self-Annotated Jay-Z

Read an exclusive annotated lyric from the new expanded edition of Jay-Z’s Decoded.

What’s Up, Spock?

He might be a famous Vulcan, but Zachary Quinto has no problem being fully human.


Matthew Herbert makes music out of unlikely things—pork, beans, parliament—to make a point.

Nasty, Brutish, and Long

Steven Pinker’s new history is vivid on the brutality of premodern life. And blind to the depravity of our own.

Don’t Look Away

A photographic collection of averted eyes.


Hard Stuff

Now through October 23 is Cider Week, with events and tastings aplenty.


Comments: Week of October 24, 2011

Readers sound off on Piers Morgan, Jeffrey Eugenides, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 24, 2011

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

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