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December 1, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

In Conversation: Chris Rock

The comedian on what’s wrong with comedy and right with America. And vice versa. By Frank Rich
On the Cover: Photograph by Martin Schoeller for New York Magazine.

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Your Grandmother’s Guide to Pot

A post-legalization primer (strains, health risks) for newbies—or stoners who may have never really known what they were doing in the first place.

The Bitcoin Boy

Erik Finman is a 16-year-old tech prodigy. In Silicon Valley years, that means he’s entering his prime. By Benjamin Wallace

The Walking Cure

Why did Cheryl Strayed’s time in the woods propel her memoir to the top of the best-seller lists? By Kathryn Schulz


Michele Roberts vs. the NBA

Progressive sports fans have a radical new hero.

Life in Pictures: Tim Burton

On the set of Big Eyes.

190 Minutes With Tinsley Mortimer

The socialite who’s back from a two-year hiatus in Palm Beach to hawk her housewares.

Winning the Breakup

A generation defines itself by post-relationship peacocking.

The Cut

Ladies Who Gala

New York’s party set brings out its finest finery for the most social month of the year.


Best Bets

Tips for buying sports bras, two antique-y home shops debut, and more.

The Look Book

"I grew up with cheese and eat it every day. My uncle owns a cheese business and asked me to work for him."

The Urbanist’s Buenos Aires

Hidden bars, strawberry burrata, the pope's rubber bands.

Great Room

A Soho loft matures with its tenants.

The Underground Gourmet Review

The cooking at Vic’s is big, bold, and Batali-esque.

The Dish

Christina Tosi introduces Milk Bar's cranberry-gingerbread cake for the holidays.

Restaurant Opening

Parm's new Upper West Side outpost offers 80 seats and a 100-bottle wine list.

Restaurant Opening

Bark is bringing its lard-butter-basted frankfurters to Bleecker Street.

Restaurant Opening

Rossopomodoro, the international chain, opens its second Manhattan outpost this month.

Chocolate-Factory Outlets

These new plants and workshops are throwing their doors open to the public for tours, classes, and, presumably, robust impulse-purchase sales.


Ava DuVernay, Directing History

The long road to Selma.

The Strand’s Stand

The indie bookseller’s survival guide.

Peter Pan Syndrome

A timeline of all things Neverland.

The Real Thing

Frank Rich remembers Mike Nichols.

The Pop Music Review

One Direction and Nick Jonas are changing the rules about how boy bands grow up.

The Architecture Review

Who wants a super-tall skyline?

The Movie Review

Wild is a smart, shapely film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir.

To Do: December 3-December 17, 2014

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


Comments: Week of December 1, 2014

Readers sound off on emoji, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more.

Competition: Misplaced Emphasis

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The Vulture Crossword

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

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 1, 2014

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

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