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May 21, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The New New Tube

Another TV revolution? You bet. Mark Harris, Matt Zoller Seitz, and Gavin Polone survey the still-shifting boundaries; Mad Men’s Jessica Paré predicts she’ll make it to next year; Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul staves off his own demise; Barry Diller plans to blow up everything (again); Community showrunner Dan Harmon files a dispatch from 2032; and much more.
On the Cover: Jessica Paré. Photograph by Zachary Scott for New York Magazine.


The Comedian Comedians Were Afraid Of

Patrice O’Neal was a big-hearted philosopher-stand-up who delighted in bullying his audiences and reducing even the nastiest insult comics to tears. Months after his death, his peers are still in a daze. By Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Château Sucker

The rare-wine market is all about turning doubt into mystique, and no one had more mystique than Rudy Kurniawan. Then something began to smell a little off. By Benjamin Wallace


Media Sense and Sensibility

In which the Huntsman girls seek to secure their place in political society.

Is It Time for Rangel to Go?

The 21-term congressman heads into a June primary looking increasingly vulnerable.

Building in a Hole

Cornell’s high-stakes commission.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Crazy Sad

The madness of pathologizing grief.

46 Minutes With George Stephanopoulos

Taking in the view from the top with the unlikely new king of morning television.


Gay Wedding Crasher

Joe Biden’s blunder made Barack Obama tie the knot sooner than planned—but he still may get to live happily ever after.


Best Bets

Ciaté’s manicure kit, a hyper-local globe, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“She has her dad’s blue eyes, but yeah, we look alike, which is fun.”

The Urbanist’s Beirut

Contemporary art, notorious nightclubs, and Frenchified cafés.

The Restaurant Review

Daniel Humm’s casual alternative to his signature kitchen offers terrific food, but at crazy prices.

In Season

The bluefish is much maligned by detractors for tasting “fishy,” but taste is subjective.

What Do You Subscribe To?

A survey of the new, local, hyperspecialized of-the-month clubs.


The Philadelphia Story

The Barnes Collection’s splendid new building can’t vanquish art claustrophobia. Yet maybe, just maybe, the old kook knew what he was doing.

The Movie Review

Wobbly sets, incomprehensible plots, a star who couldn’t learn his lines: Can any film possibly keep up with the original Dark Shadows?


High and Outside

Terroir Wine Bar opens a seasonal outpost at the Porch on the High Line.


Comments: Week of May 21, 2012

Readers sound off on Mark Zuckerberg, Cornel West, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 21, 2012

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

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