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September 21, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

Donald Trump Is Saving Our Democracy

Far from destroying it, he’s exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is not. And changing it in the process. By Frank Rich
On the Cover: Photo-illustration by Bobby Doherty. Trump photograph by Michele Asselin/Contour by Getty Images. Wig styling by Sharelle Roberts for Raffaele Mollica. Body-double casting by Impossible Casting.

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The Prom Queen of Instagram

The new rules of high-school popularity, explained by a 16-year-old Upper East Sider with thousands of followers she doesn’t even know. By Reeves Wiedeman

How Has Chinatown Stayed Chinatown?

It’s one of the only Manhattan neighborhoods to have resisted gentrification. Meet the reasons why. By Nick Tabor

My Husband Is Now My Wife

For trans women, arriving at a new gender is cathartic and thrilling. For the women they married when they were men, it can be wrenching. By Alex Morris


Games: Believe, People

Can Mets versus Yankees happen in the World Series?


Portraits of the 11 — 11! — sets of twins in one Long Island kindergarten center.

141 Minutes With Dan Backer

Hillary hater-in-chief (and the guy trying to pump more money into politics).

Treats: The Oreo Boom

How to explain the surge in sales for the corn-syrup-laden classic.

Sex Lives

How long should sex actually last?

The Cut

Fashion Week: Splendor

Cathy Horyn on the extraordinary Givenchy show.


Best Bets

Handmade dolls; a 3-D-printed 24-karat-gold tiger skull.

The Look Book

The law-school counselor with a fierce red beard.

The Restaurant Review

Storied Boston omakase palace O Ya brings boom-time bluefin to the Flatiron.

The Dish

A rare Northern Thai snack.

The Status Survey

The best way to impress, whether you’re an oligarch, a Dyker Heights nonna, or a New Age gardener. As explained by them.

Real Estate

Inside the residential-development boom.


Meet the Hardy Boys

Tom Hardy, twice as good at playing the Kray brothers.

Punk Poet

It only took 19 books and a presidential bid for Eileen Myles to get her due.

Music: Miles Davis Lives

Understanding the jazz legend, in nine parts.

Carey Mulligan Goes to Work

The erstwhile ingénue takes a radical turn in Suffragette.

Toronto Film Festival Interview

If you enjoyed her reshoots wig in Fantastic Four, Kate Mara is happy.

The Movie Review

Emily Blunt thrills in Sicario.

The Movie Review

99 Homes’ capitalist critique.

The Art Review

How Picasso the sculptor ruptured art history.

The TV Review

The charming new Muppet Show.

To Do: September 23–October 7, 2015

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


Comments: Week of September 21, 2015

Readers sound off on climate change, exonerated prisoners, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 21, 2015

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

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