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April 7, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

The Color of His Presidency

Under Obama, race has saturated politics like never before. Is it odd we’re so surprised by that? By Jonathan Chait On the Cover: Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

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Scandal Loves a Clinton

The prospect of Hillary Clinton 2016 has the GOP slavering to rehash old sex scandals—all the better for Clinton. By Frank Rich

Tilda Swinton Is Not Quite of This World

Many actors seem sui generis. She actually is—a traveler not from space, but from the realm of her own imagination. By Carl Swanson


Learning to love l’âge décrépit. By Mark Jacobson


After Empire

The Yankees’ Jeter-era dynasty is dying. Not a moment too soon for the ascendant Mets.

Life in Pictures: Jackie Collins

The romance novelist’s Beverly Hills days are filled with drugstore splurges, gossipy lunches, and shirtless men.

97 Minutes With Sam Biddle

Riding an Uber with the tech world’s least beloved watchdog.


Beware: We are about to talk about rim jobs. In exquisite detail.

The Cut

What’s New at the Olfactory

Inside spring’s bevy of bright perfumes, from the floral to the fruity to the herbal.


Best Bets

Neon typography lights, first look at Deth Killers, and more best bets.

The Look Book

“My style is glitzy grandma, but I’m also inspired by the preppy look.”

Spring Travel: Escape From Your Vacation

Two-for-one trips, vibrant cities with (surprisingly near) rural retreats.

The Restaurant Review

John Fraser’s Narcissa brings high-low cuisine to the East Village’s renovated Standard Hotel.

The Dish

Louisa Shafia will serve gondi at City Grit’s Persian Passover seder.

Tartare Takes Off

Chefs revisit an old recipe, leaving no animal (or vegetable) unchopped.

The Everything Guide to Getting Older and Older in New York

The world’s best retirement town.


Benji Hughes’s Infinite Songbook

The best songwriter you’ve never heard of sleeps in a studio closet, and he’s putting the finishing touches on four new albums.

Marin Mazzie Does Speak

About Woody Allen’s custom-written gags and holding her own in a marquee role.

The Tony Traffic Report

Shows opening late in the Broadway season tend to do better at the Tony awards—which is one big reason so many now make their debuts in April.

The Newbie and the Emcee

Alan Cumming welcomes Michelle Williams to Cabaret.

The Theater Review

A Raisin in the Sun gets a star who knows what to do with the role.

The Theater Review

In Mothers and Sons, twenty years on, an AIDS victim's mother and his now-married lover meet again.

The Theater Review

In duality and doubt, If/Then is a musical of city life now.

The Theater Review

This time, less Les Misérables is (slightly) more.

The Walking Wounded

In Westeros and zombie-infested Atlanta, life goes on but limbs don't grow back.

The Movie Review

The Nicolas Cage you used to like is back in Joe.

The Movie Review

How Under the Skin director Jonathan Glazer surprised his star Scarlett Johansson.

The Architecture Review

Vienna is full of affordable apartments that look great. How'd that happen?

To Do: April 9–23, 2014

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


Comments: Week of April 7, 2014

Readers sound off on Upworthy, Avonte Oquendo, and more.

The Vulture Crossword Contest

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The Approval Matrix: Week of April 7, 2014

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

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