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September 8, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

The Trans-Everything CEO

Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born Martin. Far more intriguing is that she thinks one day we will transcend our bodies—male or female or somewhere in between—completely. By Lisa Miller
On the Cover: Photograph by Peter Hapak for New York Magazine.

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The Story That Tore Through the Trees

Norman Maclean wrote about the Mann Gulch fire so beautifully that his book became the book on American wildfires. Tragically, he also told the wrong story. By Kathryn Schulz

Young Carlos

One of the 74,000 children who are expected to come into the United States this year undocumented and alone has a lot he would like to forget. By Alexandra Starr

An Altar Boy in the Church of Hollywood

Michael Egan came to be a teen star. He ended up suing a series of powerful men for alleged sex abuse. By Robert Kolker


Tiny Tyrants

The Orwellian horror of Big Small Government.

5 Beekman Street

A downtown atrium—sealed off in an accidental act of preservation—that’s witnessed some 70 years of a changing New York.

54 Minutes With …

Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist at Burning Man.


The women who’ve left the West for ISIS—and are tweeting about it.

How Could Anyone Resist Mo’ne?

Political tribalism has conquered sports, and talking football is suddenly a whole lot less fun.

The Cut

Out of the Box: Cozy, Nostalgic, Hungarian

A photographer returns to his homeland in Europe to capture this fall’s looks—as seen through the lens of his own past.


Best Bets

Treadmill gyms for humans and canines, 3.1 Phillip Lim unveils a new flagship, and more.

Look Book

A twerking, splits-doing dancer who loves Chipotle.

The Urbanist’s Las Vegas

Secret pizza joints, KISS-themed mini-golf, bulldozer rides.

Green Freaks

Meet the spineless cacti and Seussian begonias overtaking your ho-hum ferns and ficuses.

The Restaurant Review

At NoMad Bar and Bar Primi, bar food gets some serious upgrades—but bring earplugs.

The Dish

The recycled history of burrata at Di Palo’s.

In Praise of the Patty Melt

It’s not a burger. It’s not a grilled cheese. It’s just delicious.

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Green Freaks

Meet the spineless cacti and Seussian begonias overtaking your ho-hum ferns and ficuses.


Can Thursday Night Save Network TV?

ABC is betting on Shonda Rhimes; NBC is letting go of comedy. But no one is giving up quite yet.

Which Are the Good Ones?

In these vintage movie-set photos, the rejects are part of the greatness.

The Ryan Adams File

The prolific singer-songwriter returns this month with his new, billionth (or so) album. A brief history.

Pretty Good Day

At 83, kids’-book legend Judith Viorst is in the middle of her biggest year yet.

The Pop-Music Review

Lindsay Zoladz on Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and the female buddy anthem.

The Movie Review

Mia Wasikowska takes a hike in Tracks.

The Movie Review

The punk force is strong in German gross-out film Wetlands.

The Movie Review

The Skeleton Twins is a mite tidy, but very enjoyable.

Architecture: What Can de Blasio Really Do?

In terms of affordable housing, Queens is his last best hope.

To Do: Week of September 10-24, 2014

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


Comments: Week of September 8, 2014

Readers sound off on David Fincher, Time Inc., and more.

The Vulture Crossword Contest

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Competition: Notes Home From School

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The Approval Matrix: Week of September 8, 2014

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

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