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August 25, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

Obsession With an Obsession

Foxcatcher is a dark movie—about wrestling, extreme wealth, and madness—with bright prospects. By Mark Harris
On the Cover: Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, and Channing Tatum. Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe for New York Magazine.

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This Place Is Also That Place

David Mitchell, novelist of interconnectedness, expands and shrinks his world yet again. By Kathryn Schulz

The Matter of Time

Time Inc., inventor of the modern magazine, finds itself facing a looming existential deadline. By Gabriel Sherman

American Derby

Can Alison Grimes (whose baggage includes Obama) unseat Mitch McConnell (whose baggage includes himself) come November? By Chris Smith



All the things we won’t be able to turn away from this NFL season (despite our better judgment).

174 Minutes With Zephyr Teachout

Tackling Reddit with the anti-Cuomo candidate and her running mate, Tim Wu.

Life in Pictures: Bob and Mike Bryan

The mirror-image twins, who are going for their 100th career title at the U.S. Open, play for charity before win No. 99 at a tournament in Cincinnati.

The Plan to Kill Amazon

A handful of new and veteran companies will challenge the retail giant this fall.

The Cut

Six Great Things

A T-shirt, a fancy dress, a pair of jeans: what we’ve singled out for fall.



Twenty-six new restaurants opening this fall.

Two Cooks, One Kitchen

Rita Sodi and Jody Williams join forces.

Tacos Without Trappings

Alex Stupak’s (almost) single-minded Empellón al Pastor.


Enrique Olvera to serve ‘single-origin’ tortillas at Cosme.

The Corn Connection

Maiz start-up Masienda supplies tortilla-crazed chefs with exotic breeds of Mexican corn.

Other Mexican Restaurant News

Including Alegre, Rosie’s, and Tacuba.

(Virtually) Meatless in the Meatpacking District

Team Torrisi’s High Line restaurant will emphasize Italian seafood and vegetables.

The New Pairing

Birds & Bubbles to open next month, with a $55 fried chicken and champagne split special.

Joshua Smookler’s Unlikely Road to Ramen

He and his wife open Mu Ramen this fall.

Kentucky Fried Tanner

Chef Stephen Tanner to serve Mexican barbecue and buckets of fried chicken at El Cortez.


Preppy hubs, parisian shoes, ungurahua-nut shampoos.


Ibiza parties, aerialists, and the new darts bar around the corner.


The Fall Entertainment Generator

331 things to watch, hear and do.


Highlights from the fall release schedule.

Reese Witherspoon

“Oh my gosh,” she finally gets to play an unsympathetic role.

Jessica Chastain

She’ll be everywhere, again.

Tyler Perry

Gone Girl’s defense attorney, food fighter, and sing-along leader.


Thirty-three TV shows premiering this fall.

How Did Your Favorite Returning Shows End Last Season?

Caution: Spoilers ahead.

Gaby Hoffmann

America’s favorite pantsless bohemian returns in Amazon’s Transparent.

Dominic West

The Wire star plays a sober adulterer (for once) in The Affair.

Pop Music

A preview of album releases this fall.

Robert Plant

The rock legend on looking for ghosts.


Twenty-seven new exhibitions to see this fall.


A look at this season’s musicals, revivals, and more.

Hugh Jackman

Fly-fishing his way back from action-movie land.


57 picks for the upcoming season, including new titles from Lena Dunham, Margaret Atwood, and Denis Johnson.

Ben Lerner

The novelist-as-poet-as-self on his second hall-of-mirrors semi-memoir.

Classical Music & Dance

In defense of Klinghoffer, a new spin on Alice in Wonderland, and more.


Comments: Week of August 25, 2014

Readers sound off on Tavi Gevinson, Hillary Clinton, and more.

The Vulture Crossword Contest

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The Approval Matrix: Week of August 25, 2014

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

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