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November 28, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

What Killed JFK

A recent Camelot book boomlet can’t help but raise comparisons between JFK and the president once considered his heir, but the most powerful force linking Kennedy and Obama might actually be the reactionary rage that engulfed their presidencies. By Frank Rich
On the Cover: Illustrations by Lyndon Hayes.


Maharishi Arianna

Atop AOL, hiring and borrowing freely from the old media, a new age news guru is building her grandest temple yet. By Vanessa Grigoriadis

When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?

Some of my Republican friends ask if I’ve gone crazy. I say: Look in the mirror. By David Frum

When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?

If every Democratic president disappoints, maybe there’s something wrong with our expectations. Tough love from a fellow traveler. By Jonathan Chait


Of Mice and Memes

Three centuries of postmodern cat humor.

Michael Jordan Explains Everything

A theory of the NBA’s meltdown.

The Ironing Kind

Power from a well-pressed skirt.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Going Journalist

Political kids’ shrewd move.


Bloomberg’s One Percent Solution

For the mayor, grappling with Occupy Wall Street is confoundingly personal.


The Best Bet

Fondue's return, seven Black Friday sales, and more.

The Look Book

“I actually rescued a baby squirrel a few months ago.”

The Urbanist’s Tokyo

A city that has turned itself back on again.

The 2,398-Sheet Apartments of Color Paper Walls

When it came time to redecorate his one-bedroom rental, Doug Meyer took no shortcuts.

He Shops She Shops

We asked three merry couples to holiday shop for one another, each on a different gift-packed block.

The Restaurant Review

In the former Chanterelle space, an experiment in gourmet Korean.

In Season

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap owing to the home cook’s tendency to overcook them.

The Big Squeeze

The juice-bar craze reaches every-corner status.


The Pop Music Review

Rihanna keeps making music so you’ll not stop thinking about her; Drake, because he can’t stop thinking about himself.

The Movie Review

The fourth Twilight film is—like a lot of weddings and births—an unexpectedly primal experience.

Less Really Is More

SHoP Architects, masters of post-boom buildability.

Ann Beattie on Her New Book, Mrs. Nixon

"It went through more revisions than I can tell you."

How Dangerous Is Michael Fassbender?

From X-Men to sex addict, a Jungian look at his 2011.


Deconstructed Borscht

Pickled herring with yuzu, and more things to eat at Kutsher’s Tribeca.


Comments: Week of November 28, 2011

Readers sound off on Elizabeth Warren, Ray Kelly, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 28, 2011

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

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