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November 3, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

In Conversation With Jon Stewart

There’s nothing funny about The Daily Show host’s latest gig: directing a movie about torture. By Chris Smith
On the Cover: Photograph by Martin Schoeller for New York Magazine. Costume design by Tom Broecker.

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We Are the 20 Percent

Is it time to topple tipping? By Adam Platt

Staring Into the Eye of Pony

It’s surprisingly easy to understand why grown men and preteen girls alike have become obsessed with the world of My Little Pony. By Lisa Miller

The Pierre Omidyar Insurgency

The newly radicalized eBay founder hired Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, and a slew of the country’s most combative journalists—who are already fighting with their financial sponsor. By Andrew Rice


Everybody Loves a Quarantine

There are no libertarians in a global health epidemic.

Life in Pictures: Wendy Whelan

On her last night as an NYCB principal dancer.

801 Minutes With George R.R. Martin

Who thinks we should free the nipple.

Who Needs Skin?

All you need to get out of a post-breakup depression is an internet connection.

The Cut

Price Upon Request

Fall’s most surreal jewelry.


Best Bets

New nail boutiques, an Air Jordans consignment shop, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

"I’ve always had this really flowy bohemian style."

Apt. 1A

The price perks, specialty lighting, and occasional noisy drunks that come with living on the first floor.

Absurdist Furniture

The Haas brothers’ universe.

The Restaurant Review

At Danny Meyer’s Marta, the crackly Roman-style pizzas command your attention.

The Dish

Why Ribalta’s spaghettoni al pomodoro is better than anyone else’s.

Restaurant Opening

Soho sandwich shop Alidoro opens midtown location.

Restaurant Opening

Inside Semilla, Williamsburg’s newest chef’s counter.

Restaurant Opening

ChikaLicious opens a South Village national-rollout prototype.

Is Broth the Next Juice?

Marco Canora gives “soup kitchen” new meaning.


Lisa Kudrow Returns, Again

The Comeback is back.

Acting Albee

The cast of A Delicate Balance on living up to the famous playwright.

Christopher Nolan’s Universe

More than you ever wanted to know about the Interstellar director.

Two-Minute Arthouse

Mark Woollen makes trailers that are better than movies.

The Pop Music Review

Taylor Swift’s 1989 is her most conservative album yet.

The Movie Review

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is big, long, ridiculous — and lots of fun.

The Movie Review

Jon Stewart’s Rosewater is a sly, layered work of dramatic fullness.

The Art Review

Chris Ofili’s thumping art-history lesson.

To Do: November 5–19, 2014

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


Comments: Week of November 3, 2014

Readers sound off on Kelli Stapleton and Playboy pinups.

The Vulture Crossword

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

Competition: Fourth Time’s Not the Charm

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The Approval Matrix: Week of November 3, 2014

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

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