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February 24, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

Good-bye, Public Life

And so long, MSNBC, and Shia LaBeouf, and New York, too. I’m through. By Alec Baldwin On the Cover: Photo by Steve Schofield/Contour by Getty Images.

Download the iPad edition to hear an audio outtake from our interview with Alec Baldwin, watch top OKCupid daters talking about their deal breakers, read excerpts from Lorrie Moore's new short-story collection Bark, and more.


My Addiction, Through My Eyes

Self-portraits by Graham MacIndoe.

The Four Most Desired People in New York

What it takes to be an online-dating superstar. By Logan Hill

The Plot From Solitary

If an isolated Supermax convict can launch a hunger strike of 30,000, then solitary confinement means what, exactly? By Benjamin Wallace-Wells


Rubio the Rube

How the GOP sabotaged the man who was once its savior.

Life in Pictures: St. Vincent

The indie musician gets some rare downtime in New York before the touring onslaught for her fifth album, St. Vincent.

135 Minutes With Lorrie Moore

Sizing up Nashville, her new town, with the short-story master.

Portrait: Catherine Deneuve

An icon at 70.

The Sext Paradox

Half the people who send lewd messages are just not that into it. So why press “send”?

The Cut

Backstage View

Bil Donovan paints the runways.

Spectral States: 15 Dazzling Spring Pieces

Maciek Jasik's striking, kaleidoscopic interpretations of the season’s brightest.


Fashion for those who realize they’re one in 7 billion.


Best Bets

Tribeca's mini design district, Space Ninety 8 opens in Williamsburg, and more.

The Look Book

“Right now I’m really into World War II clothes.”

The Great Room

At home with Picasso biographer Sir John Richardson.

The Restaurant Review

Mission Chinese's Danny Bowien tackles the taco.

The Dish

Fung Tu's original egg roll version 2.

50 Cheeses

From Adelegger to Zimbro, the current cheesescape defined.


For Their Consideration

In the most competitive Oscar season ever, a cabal of internet oddsmakers is keeping score.

Last Biennial on Madison

These seven artists will engage with the old Whitney building as they close it down.


The movies, performers, and cuisines that inspired Kristen Bell.

Alex Timbers Hadn’t Seen Rocky

… When he knew he wanted to make it a musical. In the ring with the “boy genius” of theater.

The Movie Review

Wes Anderson moves out of the dollhouse with The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Movie Review

If The Wind Rises is really Hiyao Miyazaki's last film, he’s going out on a high.

The Movie Review

Kids for Cash provides a measure of justice.

The Pop Review

Beck’s Morning Phase is expertly made, but a terminal bummer.

The TV Review

Don’t look for a God cameo in the new Cosmos.

See This Art

Jerry Saltz has created six walking tours of galleries, museums, and the street, singling out 44 particular pieces he loves.

To Do: February 26–March 12, 2014

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


Letter From the Editors

You may have heard that we are moving from publishing weekly to publishing biweekly. Well: This is it.

Comments: Week of February 24, 2014

Readers sound off on our Spring Fashion Issue, the Man Repeller, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 24, 2014

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

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