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March 4, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

From ‘‘I Do’’ to ‘‘I’m Done’’

As more and more gay couples wed, more and more gay couples are getting divorced. But dissolving a same-sex union means confronting not just age-old heartbreak but newfound legal trauma. By Jesse Green
On the Cover: Photograph by Tim Zaragoza/The Licensing Project. This page: David Bowie in London, 1972. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita.


The Dean of Corruption

St. John’s fund-raiser Cecilia Chang spent decades ripping off the university to which she devoted her life. While on trial, she committed suicide—furious at what she saw as her superiors’ betrayal. After all, her ill-gotten gifts were lavished on them too. By Steve Fishman

Taming Peter Beard

For most of his life, the 75-year-old photographer was more concerned with following his swashbuckling whims than with carving out a serious legacy. Now, his wife is determined to lift him into a higher echelon of the art world—even, or especially, if it means alienating Beard’s old pals. By Robert Kolker


State-Sponsored Baby-Making

Here, some of the more creative ways that countries facing a baby drought have tried to intervene.

Yankees Fans Chafe Against Tightened Belt

Will Hal Steinbrenner make it rain again in the Bronx?

How to Get Hit By a Subway Train

Without being killed.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

180 Minutes With Jonathan Ames

Getting steamy with the scene-stealing author, as he plots Bored to Death, the movie.


Best Bets

A siphon coffeemaker, a neon crowbar, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I learned I was pregnant a few weeks after I started working at Buy Buy Baby.”

The Restaurant Review

At the Marrow, Harold Dieterle mines his two ancestral cuisines.

In Season

The pomelo's mild, sweet juice makes a nifty seasonal substitute for the grapefruit.

Shrimp and Grits, Yankee-fied

Two South Carolina food scholars rate the newest renditions of the suddenly ubiquitous dish.

The Art of Roommating

Exploring the world of platonic urban cohabitation.


David Bowie’s Life on Earth

A new album after a decade in reclusion prompts the question: When Bowie was great, who was he exactly?

The Five: Theater

A particularly starry spring descends on Broadway.

How to Blow Up a House

On the set of TV’s The Americans.

Literary Caucus: Goodbye, Colossus

Salman Rushdie, James Franco, and others size up Philip Roth.

The Art Review

Revisiting the 1913 Armory Show, 100 years on.

The Movie Review

Mia Wasikowska gets revenge in Park Chan-wook’s chilly Stoker.

The Movie Review

Edelstein on Jack the Giant Slayer: Fast, rousing, and blessedly brief.

The Architecture Review

Most of us have never heard of Henri Labrouste. But we live in his New York.

The Theater Review

Zosia Mamet's Really Really, quite contrary.

To Do: February 27–March 6

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.


Comments: Week of March 4, 2013

Readers sound off on Elle Fanning, Aaron Swartz, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 4, 2013

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

Editor's Letter

This week, New York unveils a new and expanded “Culture Pages.”

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