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December 28, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

The Bill de Blasio Revolution

The mayor’s challenge: to make himself a more popular populist. By Andrew Rice
On the Cover: Bill de Blasio. Photograph by Finlay MacKay/New York Magazine.

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In Conversation With Charlie Kaufman

The Anomalisa director on what went wrong with the movies, emotional puppet sex, and the terror of writing a novel. By Adam Sternbergh

The Hustlers at Scores

A group of women working the strip clubs saw themselves as Robin Hoods: stealing from rich clients, giving to their poor own selves. The clients saw it differently. By Jessica Pressler

Inside the Making of ‘Serial’ Season Two

How the podcast scaled up from Adnan to Afghanistan. By Carl Swanson


The Body Politic

The frightening death rattle of white male privilege.

Tribes: Cowboys in Manhattan

Professional cowboys come to New York.

65 Minutes With Tom Jones

In an unusual visit to New York’s third-nicest conference room.

The National Interest

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are battling for the future of the GOP’s foreign policy.

The Cut

Fine Jewelry and Not Much Else

A New Year's feast for the eyes.


Where to Eat 2016

Adam Platt on the best food in New York this minute, from Mission Chinese’s reboot to his favorite veggie burger.

Best Bets: December 14, 2015

Wooden standing desks, Swedish childrenswear, and more new stuff in New York stores.

The Look Book

The attorney with a 35-year bow-tie habit.


Gillian Anderson on Revisiting Scully

After years spent building a successful post-X-Files career.

The Tyler Perry Brand

On keeping Oprah in business and countering the haters.

Faux David Bowies

All the derivative dudes from Mick Jagger to St. Vincent.

How to Avoid a Bear Attack

A lesson for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Taking a MasterClass With Usher

On "The Art of Performance."

William Shatner on Star Trek

The actor has plenty he'd rather discuss than Captain Kirk.

Full-Frontal Male Nudity Was All Over TV in 2015

"We show female nudity every day on the show — let’s show male nudity.”

The Movie Review

The Hateful Eight is rife with (unnecessary) gore.

The Movie Review

Anomalisa is undiluted Charlie Kaufman.

The Classical Music Review

What should a film score do?

To Do: December 30, 2015–January 13, 2016

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


Comments: Week of December 28, 2015

Readers sound off on reasons to love New York, Tracey “Africa” Norman, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 28, 2015

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

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