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March 6, 2017 Issue

Cover Story

In Conversation With David Letterman

TV’s greatest ironist is lonely — and would love nothing more than to spend an hour with his old guest Donald Trump back on the couch. By David Marchese On the Cover: David Letterman. Photograph by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos for New York Magazine.

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How Much to Laugh at Trump

For late-night hosts, the president is a gift, and a quandary. By Mark Harris

117 Days, a Million Trump Jokes

A first draft of history, with punch lines. Compiled by Matthew Love

What Have They Done to The Four Seasons?

The new restaurateurs at the old space try something radical: actually paying attention to the food. By Eric Konigsberg

Pandas Will Fix Everything

The Chinese export every rich and powerful person can get behind. By Carl Swanson


The National Interest

How much did Russia help President America First?

86 Minutes With Ryan Adams

Who, with Prisoner out, is ready to guitar-shop

Love and War

Was ’90s firebrand Camille Paglia an oracle?

Reread: January 19, 1987

What late night television looked like 30 years ago.

The Cut

Black Dandies

A new book salutes a global style movement.

Best of New York 2017


Beef-fat potatoes, transporting fish stew, and Indian egg toast.

Fun and Nightlife

Grown-up dancing, Elvis impersonators, and fancy fernet.


Where to find hefty sweatpants, alt Marimekko, and Bronx couture.

Home & Help

Long-lasting dahlias, bespoke lampshades, a cheesecake engraver, and more.

Health & Self

A beauty guide, including brow tints, IMAX workouts, and the drybar of hair color.


Choose Your Own Rachel Cusk

The novelist’s many selves, and many styles of writing.

Land of the Lost

Dune’s creative quicksand.

How The Americans Became the Most Relevant Drama on TV

On the eve of a new season, the Weisberg brothers discuss why this Cold War-era potboiler feels current in a way they never could have foreseen.

“Every Man Has to Go Through Hell to Reach Paradise”

It’s no surprise that Robert De Niro plays a prominent role in the exhibit “Martin Scorsese.”

When Joan Didion Visited the South in 1970

Failure is part of the origin myth of New Journalism.

The Movie Review

The maddeningly elusive but beautiful Personal Shopper.

The Movie Review

I Called Him Morgan dazzles.

The TV Review

Tepid writing is Feud’s downfall.

To Do: March 8–March 22, 2017

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


Comments: Week of March 6, 2017

Readers sound off on John McCain,activism among professional athletes, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 6, 2017

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

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