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October 6, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

Drones and Everything After

Drones are for fun, espionage, and package delivery. They fire missiles and drop first aid. And they could just be the next smartphone. It’s an awfully big sky up there. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
On the Cover: Illustration by Zohar Lazar for New York Magazine.

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“I Did Something to Piss God Off a Long Time Ago”

Jeff Zucker has endured cancer, Hollywood, and the perennial expectations that come with having been TV’s wunderkind. So why not take on CNN? By Gabriel Sherman

The Real Comeback of Fake Michael Keaton

Birdman, a movie so odd and challenging that Batman had no choice but to say yes. By Lane Brown

Football Was the Most Exciting Thing That Ever Happened to Me

The game can kill boys—and save them. But liberals tend to misunderstand its relation to male aggression. By Jonathan Chait


Getting It Both Ways

Are threesomes letting couples act even more couple-y?

Tribes: The DogPound

Hugh Jackman’s 5:45 a.m. workout crew.

262 Minutes With …

Visiting Stonewall and Broadway with Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop.

Newspapers Aren’t Dead

At least not if they’re in Arabic or Chinese.

The Rule of Mammon

What Bud Selig hath wrought—and not just in baseball.

The Cut

Fashion on Display

Museum exhibitions bring high fashion to a whole new set of eyes.


Best Bets: Week of October 6, 2014

Two new women-friendly tattoo parlors, Parisian takes on splatterware, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

"Chanel threw me a surprise birthday party at their store. Can you imagine? It was fabulous."

The Restaurant Review

At élan, downtown-dining pioneer David Waltuck dates himself.

The Dish

Introducing Emmett’s no-ketchup-allowed Chicago dog.

Global Design: The Tulip Trade

A carefully excavated house in Antwerp offered up its secrets.

Global Design: Wedged In

Paola Navone’s garret apartment in a former Milanese factory.

Global Design: Brownstone With Concrete Stairs

A Cobble Hill townhouse that feels more like a loft.

Global Design: Limited Conversion

A Shanghai warehouse turned hotel that, at first glance, looks like it hasn't been touched.


Viola Davis, Finally

This is her moment, and she knows she deserves it.


What editors, students, and Waldos toted along to the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Small in America

X Japan is one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Just not in this hemisphere yet.

In Blondie’s Closet

The well-worn T-shirts from Debbie Harry’s collection.

The Movie Review

Miles Teller pounds the skins, and takes a beating, in Whiplash.

The Movie Review

Birdman is the very definition of a tour de force.

The Theater Review

Onstage, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a different animal.

The Theater Review

The Country House needs a total renovation.

The TV Review

In its own sweet way, ABC’s black-ish is a landmark show.

The TV Review

The Affair makes skillful use of smartly cast actors.

To Do: October 8–22, 2014

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


Comments: Week of October 6, 2014

Readers sound off on Airbnb, Derek Jeter, and more.

The Vulture Crossword Contest

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

Competition: Fall-TV Haiku

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The Approval Matrix: Week of October 6, 2014

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

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