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May 5, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

The Jim Parsons Theory

On the eve of the upfronts, a look at the television landscape. How can a show in 2014 snag 23.4 million viewers? The Big Bang theories.
Plus: Fox’s Kevin Reilly blows up pilot season; Matt Zoller Seitz heralds another explosion; how America's Funniest Home Videos makes those montages; Josh Hartnett turns to the small screen with Penny Dreadful; Maya Rudolph gets her dream: a variety show; and seven actors spill about pilot season.
On the Cover: Jim Parsons. Photograph by Peter Hapak for New York Magazine. Styling by Ashley Weston at The Wall Group; Grooming by Amy Freeman for Celestine Agency. Shirt by Prada; Jacket by Topman.

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Benghazi and the Bombshell

Lara Logan was a controversial boon for 60 Minutes until her discredited Libya story. Can the show afford to take her back? By Joe Hagan

Women of a Certain New York

The golden age of Manhattan society is through, but these seven grandes dames shine as brilliantly as ever. Photographs by Norman Jean Roy

The Day I Started Lying to Ruth

Work came brutally home for a cancer doctor after his wife’s diagnosis: cancer. Terminal. By Peter B. Bach


Mutual Affection, on Retainer

A paid friend is the most dependable, least trustworthy friend there is.

Tribes: Top Chefs

New York’s food world, after-hours.

167 Minutes With Jorge Ramos

Talking ratings, immigration, and salsa sales with the bilingual anchor.

History: Jokers-in-Chief

Punch lines from six decades of White House Correspondents Dinners.

Arm’s Length

Could it be that long-distance relationships are actually healthy?

The Cut

Out of the Box: Spring in Swing

We sent photographer Oliver Stalmans a box of voluminous dresses and sharp accessories. This is what he sent back.

Street Style Around the World: From Sydney to Tokyo

As seasons changed, outfits responded.

Dior Loves NY

The storied French house brings its resort collection to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


Best Bets: Mother’s Day Edition

The West Village perfume district, floral arrangements, and more new stuff in stores for Mother's Day.

The Look Book

“When it comes to auctions, I am more about the foreplay than the climax.”

The Restaurant Review

A more restrained Bobby Flay returns to his hometown. Crowds follow.

The Dish

Betony’s poached monkfish, beet “raisins,” and beef.

Drink the City Dry

On a roof, or in Forest Hills: new places to raise a glass this spring.


The Theater Review

Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming come (back) to the Cabaret.

The Theater Review

A fascinating, somewhat musty look at transvestism in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina.

The Theater Review

A touching, great production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch reveals the show's flaws.

The Theater Review

In Violet, an unlovely accident yields a lovely musical.

The Theater Review

It’s Daniel Radcliffe vs. the Irish stereotype, in The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Learning From Mexico City

The Bloombergians are headed south. What ideas can they bring back?

To Do: May 7–21, 2014

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


Comments: Week of May 5, 2014

Readers sound off on Internet stars, college sports, and more.

The Vulture Crossword Contest

Figure out the hidden theme to win a New York subscription.

Competition: Brooks, Dowd, Friedman, et al.

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The Approval Matrix: Week of May 5, 2014

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

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