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July 13, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates

Where some see great hope and much racial progress, Coates — whom Toni Morrison has called our James Baldwin — sees something else. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
On the Cover: Photograph by Lyle Ashton Harris

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Thank You for Not Using Me

The ban on plastic bags vs. the ban on bag bans. By Adam Sternbergh

“Do You Know How Your Daughter Died?”

A court case in Qatar that became an international incident, and a domestic tragedy. By Robert Kolker



The Cardinals’ hacking scandal shows just how much baseball has, and hasn’t, changed.

The Triple-Digit Club

What 100 years old looks like.

Sex Lives

The complicated politics of where to ejaculate.

137 Minutes With Hannibal Buress

The comic who took on Bill Cosby.

The Cut

Tradition: Stitch Craft

The women who make couture in Paris and Rome at work.


Best Bets

Beach pails for beer and sand; a Far Rockaway event space.

The Look Book

The sort-of high-school valedictorian with a fondness for snails.

Cheap Eats

The best things to eat on a budget, including: regional Thai food in Queens, Japanese snack cakes shaped like sea bream, and lots of crispy chicken. Plus: The bowl revolution, menu hacks, and mall maneuvers in New York’s newest indoor food courts


Lady Gaga Goes to the Middle

Her latest transgression: acting normal.

The Most Expensive Picasso Ever Auctioned

The 60-year journey from canvas to Christie’s.

Looking Down at True Detective

In a post-9/11 surveilled world, the aerial shot takes on new meaning.

Nine Characters in the Face of an Author

Writer-actor James Lecesne morphs.

The Movie Review

Trainwreck is delightful until it becomes too Apatow.

The Movie Review

Marvel’s Ant-Man plays like a charmingly tacky jet-suit robot picture for kids.

The Music Review

Tame Impala and psychedelia’s moment.

The Architecture Review

When will de Blasio see the light on parks?

To Do: July 15–July 29, 2015

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


Comments: Week of July 13, 2015

Readers sound off on Rikers Island, marriage equality, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of July 13, 2014

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

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