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November 26, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The Gift Finder 2012

Our annual guide to triumphing over holiday-giving anxiety while picking just the right present for even the hardest to please: juggling balls, decorative matches, beard oil, and other stocking stuffers; 60 gifts for friends and family of every passion, including a domed saltwater aquarium for your pet-whisperer brother, a screen-printed leather clutch for your fashion-girl best friend, and much more; five New Yorkers confess their dream presents—and hear about some real-world alternatives; outsourcing your way to a Norman Rockwell–worthy Christmas; sea-salt-sprinkled-chocolate-chip, hazelnut shortbread, and twelve other delectable cookies; and how to help six Sandy-ravaged neighborhoods.
On the Cover: Photograph by Horacio Salinas for New York Magazine.


In Conversation: Tina Brown

The pioneering editor reflects on the demise of the magazine she was hired to save (“Every piece of the Zeitgeist was against Newsweek”), her infamous gala with Harvey (“That party was the end of the twentieth century”), and whether newspapers have a future in print (“ ‘No’ is the short answer”). Interviewed by Michael Kinsley

The Man Who Charged Himself With Murder

For seventeen years, Trevell Coleman (once an up-and-coming rap star) was haunted by what happened on one very bad, half-remembered night. Finally, he decided there was only one way out of his personal hell—to snitch on himself. By Jennifer Gonnerman

I Really Like That You Like What I Like

Our online universe has transformed from a dank grotto populated by snarky trolls to a mutual-affirmation society of like buttons and Facebook pep talks. But is a nice Internet really a good thing? By Nathan Heller


Megyn Kelly Is ...

A good campaign season for the left also produced a winner at Fox News.

How Big Should the New Occupy Be?

A rebooted movement confronts a modern constraint.

Elmo Safe

The Muppets’ masters of disaster.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Picture Day

How a Chabad class portrait gets made.

118 Minutes With Rob Delaney

Catching up with the goth kid from drama club, who's now the funniest guy on Twitter.


Rex Deflated

How one of the most confident—and entertaining—coaches in New York history lost his swagger.


The Restaurant Review

The uptown iteration of Il Mulino pales next to the West Village original.

In Season

Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban’s pumpkin-seed-oil spread.


“I Am Not a Sociopath”

Can Whitney Cummings get some respect?

The Movie Review

The pantheistic pleasures of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

The Ken Burns Effect

The doc maker fights City Hall over his new film on the Central Park jogger case.

The Architecture Review

The East End’s new Parrish Art Museum is an unexpected monument.


New Brooklyn Cheesecake

Bryan Calvert debuts retail-dessert line Cecil & Merl.


Comments: Week of November 26, 2012

Readers sound off on the 2012 Presidential Election, Cory Booker, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 26, 2012

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

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