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August 12, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

What Is Chris Christie Doing Right?

The governor of New Jersey channels the profound rage found throughout the GOP, but uses it to fuel a uniquely positive, if furious, agenda. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
Plus: Following Cory Booker
The social-media whiz and senator-in-waiting is another successful case study in modern political tactics from the Garden State. By Carl Swanson
On the Cover: Governor Chris Christie. Photograph by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine.


The Stench of the Potomac

Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington. It just takes place once Republicans and Democrats (lots of Democrats) cash in. By Frank Rich

Nuke the Cat!

Damon Lindelof, blockbuster wizard par excellence, explains the inexorable logic of the ever-metastasizing apocalyptic flick. By Scott Brown

Up, Up, and Away!

At the Draper University of Heroes, tech dreamers are taught to don capes and believe in Silicon Valley’s most idealized version of itself. By Kevin Roose


Tears for Goliath

The book world gets misty-eyed for Barnes & Noble.

Those Empty Summer Nights

“On Saturdays, there are always a couple of lights on, but the majority are out.”

They're Not Lovin' It

We polled 100 of the fast-food workers in New York City.

369 Minutes With Natasha Lyonne

Apartment hunting with the Orange Is the New Black star.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.


Best Bets

Danny Seo’s Smashula, gemstone soaps, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I live in London and grew up in Cornwall, a surf town. When I’m in New York, I love going to that surf shop and café Saturdays in Soho.”

The Underground Gourmet Review

Café Nadery and El Aripo Café are humble oases of expat culture, culinary and otherwise.

In Season

Purslane plays a starring role in this fattoush recipe from Almayass.

Now Scoop This

With the arrival of some serious new gelaterias, a couple of newfangled retro parlors, and the first local Dairy Queen in three decades, New York is virtually heat-wave-proof.

The Urbanist’s Lisbon

Street art, fado after-parties, and nouveau cod.


Special Topics in Imaginary Film Noir

Lit wunderkind Marisha Pessl plays detective with Night Film.

Culture Diary: David Gordon Green

The director of Prince Avalanche on everything he watched, read, listened to, and clicked on over a week.

A-Lister in a K-Car

Bill Murray wheels into Bay Ridge.

Loren Munk's East Village State of Mind

Her map paintings are the best part of the Freight + Volume Gallery show.

What's Your All-Time Song of Summer?

Vulture readers offer their sunblock-scented nominations.

The Movie Review

The Canyons is the Lindsay Lohan comeback you were expecting, sadly.

The Movie Review

Porn-star biopic Lovelace lets down its subject.

The TV Review

Breaking Bad's Heisenberg is about to get what's coming to him.

The Classical Music Review

The sound artists in MoMA's Soundings: A Contemporary Score all seem to live in isolation booths.

To Do: August 7-14, 2013

25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.


Comments: Week of August 12, 2013

Readers sound off on economic growth, the Sex Issue, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 12, 2013

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

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