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June 25, 2012 Issue

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The Summer Guide

No one wants to wake up on Labor Day thinking, Oh, man, summer is gone. I’m so lame, all I did was watch House reruns! That would be awful! So turn the page, and plan for summer joy, with: water fun, from yachting to nudism; barbecue meats fit for a five-star kitchen; the big blue new bike-share cycles; five seasonal-delight specialists, from a bouncy-castle inflater to a synchronized swimmer for hire; road-trip itineraries that Jack Kerouac would envy; kiddie fantasies made real; chef-devised picnic spreads; slushy booze; and entertaining, culturally uplifting, or otherwise compelling activities for every day of the season.


Emma Stone’s Spidey Sense

Is tingling. She knows you’re watching her. By Jessica Pressler

‘I Just Want to Feel Everything’

Hiding out with Fiona Apple, musical hermit. By Dan P. Lee

Greyhounds of the Sky

If PETA had its way, these racing pigeons would be grounded—instead of starting a 250-mile, four-hour, magnetically enhanced (scientists think …) trip back to New York. By Molly Langmuir

In Conversation: Aaron Sorkin

The banter auteur is back on the small screen after a sojourn in Hollywood. And in talking about television, he just can't contain himself. By Mark Harris

Frank Rich: Nuke ’Em

Barack Obama’s critics have decried his negative campaigning against Mitt Romney for undermining his message of hope and change. But if the president is serious about getting reelected, he needs to ignore those Beltway wisemen and study up on the nastiest political attack of them all—Lyndon Johnson’s “Daisy” ad. By Frank Rich


100-European-Tourist Poll

Querying transatlantic visitors on their continent’s money problems.

Seams Iffy

How bargain fashion chains will keep themselves cut-rate.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

He Would Have Stopped the Frisks

But Louis Stokes lost.

105 Minutes With Boris Johnson

A hot plod through Soho with the Olympics-hosting, Samuel Johnson–quoting mayor of London. (Who also happens to be a native New Yorker.)


Debt Head

Cleary Gottlieb attorney Lee Buchheit knows how to fix what ails Greece and Spain and Italy—though creditors may not want to hear it.


Born on the Bayou

How Beasts of the Southern Wild (and its 8-year-old star) became a film-fest phenomenon.

The Art Review

“Most of what I saw at Documenta is weak stuff. But then I got a glimpse of art’s future.”

The Movie Review

Brave, starring Pixar’s first female lead, casts a spell.

Everybody Dance Now (That'll Be $300 Each)

Dance music is mainstream, raves are filling stadiums, and concert promoters are salivating with wallets open.

Boyfriend of the Year

Girls star Adam Driver turns on the charm (eventually).


Dutch Threat

The new-catch Holland herring is in, and importer Russ & Daughters has added a sandwich to its roster.


Comments: The Week of June 25, 2012

Readers sound off on Bloomberg, Peter Beinart, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 25, 2012

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

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