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September 19, 2016 Issue

Cover Story

I Used to Be a Human Being

Technology almost killed me. By Andrew Sullivan
On the Cover: Relax, after Girl in the Garden (1880–82), by Mary Cassatt. Artwork by Kim Dong-kyu.

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In Conversation: Ava DuVernay

The director on Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and prison as slavery. By Rebecca Traister

Most Likely to Destroy a Governor

Two old schoolmates and the trial that could wreck Chris Christie for good. By Andrew Rice


The National Interest

Hillary’s debate stakes just got much, much higher.

89 Minutes With Jordan Barrett

The male model who loves roller coasters and older women.


The robot-ization of Wall Street.

The Urbanist: Street Food

From taloak in Bilbao to blood cake in Bangkok, top chefs’ favorite street food.

Reread: August 19, 1996

Is Bob Dole an establishment senator or billionaire outsider? Doesn’t much matter to the operatives, when you’re running against a Clinton.

The Cut

See Now, Buy Now

The runway as checkout aisle.


Best Bets

Brooklyn Bazaar’s return, designer fishbowls, and how to pack a moving box.

The Look Book

The Trinidadian model with a degree in sustainable development.

Great Room

Artist Randy Polumbo’s Gowanus studio has a camper on the ceiling. And a shipping container for a bathroom.

The Restaurant Review

At Le Coucou, Paris’s most famous American chef cooks classic French.


Drunken Dumpling brings XL XLB to the East Village.


A Per Se Vet’s new restaurant features a dry-aged cheesesteak topped with Velveeta.

The Urban Forager

Three excellent new small-batch food finds for home cooks.


The tapioca crêpe is New York’s next great breakfast trend.


Conor Oberst Goes Home

The singer-songwriter tries to put some very bad times behind him.

Be Your Own Magician

A step-by-step card trick.

The Willy Wonka of the Hudson Yards

Fantastical designer Thomas Heatherwick is out to give New York its own Eiffel Tower/StairMaster.

America’s Top 240

Taylor Mac’s history of pop.

The TV Review

Queen Sugar borrows the best of indie cinema for television.

The Art Review

A new exhibit at the New Museum reveals the art world’s narrow focus.

The Movie Review

Oliver Stone’s Snowden takes its subject’s side.

The Movie Review

American Honey uses amateur actors to great effect.

To Do: September 21–October 5, 2016

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


Comments: Week of September 19, 2016

Readers sound off on Roger Ailes, Sandy Hook "truthers," and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 19, 2016

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

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