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September 2, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

Fall Preview 2013

Movies: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese team up again—this time to tackle the glories and grotesqueries of Wall Street. TV: Anna Faris translates her off-color comedic-film persona for a network sitcom; Andy Samberg wears a badge, and a Speedo. Pop: How Sting got over himself and Neko Case turned depression into pleasure. Books: Margaret Atwood on literary dystopias and the benefits of the black plague. Theater: Real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz wrestle with adultery—and Pinteresque pauses—on Broadway. Art: Wangechi Mutu’s otherworldly collages. Classical & Dance: Anna Nicole Smith joins Carmen and Madame Butterfly as opera’s latest femme tragique. Stores: Bright bike locks, chunky throws, leather aprons, and 47 other goods city retailers and e-tailers are excited to stock. Food: Daniel Boulud’s former director of communications takes a spin as a restaurateur, M. Wells takes on the steakhouse, and Franny’s begets Marco’s. Nightlife: Eleven new spots where you can dance till (nearly) dawn, sample German brews from monks, and even practice your shuffleboard skills. Plus: Our critics reveal what they’re most looking forward to seeing, hearing, and reading this season.
On the Cover: Photograph by Robert Maxwell for New York Magazine.



With his new novel, Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon broaches a subject he’s never really addressed so head-on before: home. Which just might be a sign that, after a lifetime of living more or less on the run, he’s finally settled into a kind of agitated domesticity. By Boris Kachka

The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities

After 9/11, the NYPD Intelligence Division underwent a dramatic overhaul, bringing in CIA-trained operators to create a “demographics” department that acted like the CIA—and went further than even the FBI could stomach. But has it actually stopped any terror plots? By Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman


The Suit in the Newsroom

An unusual Times executive—for unusual times.

A Paean to the Cassette Tape

Antiquated as they may seem, tapes were once both an important adjunct of teenage dating rituals and a staple of rock-show bootleg culture.

92 Minutes With Kathleen Hanna

The veteran punk singer considers her wardrobe, her legacy, and a circumcision knife.

“I Really Just Don’t Know Who Could Possibly Want to Pick Up This Book.”

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan gets some clarity on our troubled public schools.

Gracie Madness

Why is it hard for so many New Yorkers to make up their minds about the next mayor?


A Different Kind of Spin

Daniel Boulud’s former marketing maven Georgette Farkas goes from the corporate frying pan into the fire.

Fifty of Their Finest

Proprietors of local stores (and a few New York–based e-tailers) pick out their favorite new arrivals.

Drinking, Dancing … Shuffleboard

Eleven new ways to make a night of it.


Selling High

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese explore the funny side of financial depravity in The Wolf of Wall Street.

High and Dry

When she’s not playing sober in her new sitcom, Anna Faris is very generous with the Chardonnay.

Message Unbottled

Sting conquers writer’s block with his first new songs in a decade.

Doomsday Machine

The end is nigh in her new novel, but Margaret Atwood feels right at home among tweet-bots and zombies.

Pause. Rewind.

Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, and Rafe Spall get entangled in Pinter’s Betrayal.

She’ll Probably Cut Up This Magazine Too

How Wangechi Mutu snipped and clipped her way from Nairobi to the walls of the Brooklyn Museum.

So Outrageous

As the opera Anna Nicole makes its first trip to New York, its composer is having second thoughts.

To Do: August 28–September 11, 2013

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


Comments: Week of September 2, 2013

Readers sound off on Marc Jacobs, body image, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 2, 2013

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

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