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October 8, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

Down and Out in the Top 10

The indie-rock quartet Grizzly Bear just released a hit record and sold out Radio City Music Hall. But forget about renting a private jet. Some of them don’t even have health insurance. Welcome to the new rock-star economy. By Nitsuh Abebe
Plus: The No. 1 album, downsized; top-song monopolies; pop’s income inequality.
On the Cover: Chris Taylor, Christopher Bear, Ed Droste, and Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear. Photograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath for New York Magazine.


‘‘The. Polls. Have. Stopped. Making. Any. Sense.’’

America’s political culture has never been more pathologically obsessed with polls. Ironic, since America’s polling industry has never been less confident in its ability to predict anything. By Jason Zengerle

I Am Not Me

The playwright Edward Albee used to get compared to his own merciless, apocalyptically bickering characters. Now 84, with a new production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? set to open next week, he’s thawing—a little. By Jesse Green


Madame Secretary's Room Raiders

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent a jam-packed week at what might have been her final U.N. General Assembly.

What a New Adult Wants

How a start-up genre may be misreading its audience.

Cooperative Punks

When squatters go legit.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Björn Supremacy

Onscreen ubiquity is no accident.

151 Minutes With Ed Asner

Late-night lox, vodka, and banana-cream pie with the great curmudgeon and overeager weight lifter.


The Yankees Are Dead. Long Live the Yankees.

Age, injuries, and cost-cutting were supposed to have doomed them. So all they’ve done is steamroll toward the World Series again.


Best Bets

Venezia old-fashioned glasses, a tabletop shelf, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

“I think we’re very fortunate to be in this country, but a lot of people take it for granted.”

Wash This Way

From round-the-clock dry cleaners to architecturally precise wash-and-fold, 55 fresh ways to lighten your load.


Balenciaga kicked off a big trend with the Star Wars–y sweatshirts it showed on last season’s runway. Now, slogans, sci-fi, and cute little bears are all fair game.

The Restaurant Review

The Upper East Side classic Persephone gets a makeover.

In Season

Cool, crunchy, and abundantly juicy, the Mutsu apple also goes by the alias Crispin.

Extreme Oatmeal

Steel-cut, old-fashioned, or quick-cooking, oats are humble no more.


Camp Hollywood

Vintage pictures of vintage lifestyles.

The Movie Review

Anna Kendrick makes glee club fun again in Pitch Perfect.

The New York Film Festival: Beyond the Main Slate

The best of the fest.

The Art Review

Thomas Hirschhorn sees past the sunny surface of life on a cruise ship—and in the art world.

How to Play Adam Platt

Platt gives acting tips to Justin Timberlake, who is in negotiations to play a New York restaurant critic in a new movie.

The Classical Music Review

A new Donizetti production suggests that the Metropolitan Opera needs a fresh formula. Fast.


Get Your Goat

Heritage Foods showcases goat meat at 53 local restaurants during Goatober.


Comments: Week of October 8, 2012

Readers sound off on the Barclays Center, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 8, 2012

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

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