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November 2, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

Big Pothead Versus Big Pot

In what may be Willie Nelson's last political act, he is trying to stop Corporate America from co-opting the legal marijuana trade. By Wil S. Hylton
On the Cover: Willie Nelson. Photograph by Martin Schoeller for New York Magazine.

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The Bong Next Door

A very chill week spent in the very stoned suburbs of Denver. By Reeves Wiedeman


As trials of two of his (once) closest Albany allies begin, Governor Cuomo may be ruing the day he went after corruption. By Chris Smith

ISIS at the Gyro King

What happened in the Brooklyn Uzbek community when several of its own were arrested under suspicion of terrorism. By Mark Jacobson


The National Interest

Bernie Sanders, the left’s unlikely current favorite, has brought new life to socialism.

Life in Pictures

Cabinet secretary and rising Democrat Julián Castro celebrates the government not shutting down.

51 Minutes With Crusoe the Blogging Dog

Who just might be the world’s most perfect celebrity.

Science of Us

How seriously should we take a new study that says pre-K isn’t much use?

The Cut

Men Getting Dressed

A Calvin Klein model on what it’s like to be pretty, the ubiquitous gingham shirt that every man owns, and Justin Trudeau as a paper doll.


Best Bets: November 2, 2015

Korean experimental eyewear in Soho; how to avoid dry-cleaning.

The Look Book

The student who talks to her mother seven times a day.

The Restaurant Review

At Gabriel Kreuther’s new midtown home, the bar outshines the dining room.

Parsing the Pie

Reinventing the pizza wheel.

The Dish

Mekelburg's salt-baked potato.

The Urbanist: Shanghai

Where to view a $36 million Ming-dynasty-era cup, and a Buddhist monastery turned cabaret.

The Everything Guide to Standing on Line

Why we like it, and what’s worth the wait right now.


On Set With James Bond

Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux.

Rihanna’s Downtime Is Everything

Her near-biblical three-year drought between albums.

William Goldman’s New Misery

The playwright returns after a decade away.

George Takei Hits Broadway

The erstwhile Mr. Sulu on his long, hard trek to starring in Allegiance.

Tom McCarthy on Spotlight

His film about the journalists who broke the Boston church sex-abuse scandal is an Oscar front-runner. His previous movie? Well, he’ll explain.

100 Women Directors Hollywood Could Hire

Studio executives often protest that there simply aren’t enough top-tier female filmmakers to choose from. This list shows they’re wrong.

An Enfant Terrible’s Family Photo

Jason Schmidt’s Artists II.

The Movie Review

Brooklyn’s homesickness.

The Book Review

Submission is a love letter … to itself.

The Theater Review

Humans pummels the heart.

The Theater Review

Sylvia is a dramaturgical disaster.

To Do: November 4–November 18, 2015

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


Comments: November 2, 2015

Readers sounds off on the sex lives of college students, consensual sex, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 2, 2015

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

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