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Kacey Musgraves Comes Down to Earth

The “Space Cowboy” singer got divorced, rebounded, quit weed — and she’s never felt so grounded.
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Picking His Fights

The twists and turns of Jake Gyllenhaal’s unlikely, unsettling action career have brought him to Road House.
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Adelle Waldman Takes the Early Shift

Why an author best known for skewering Brooklyn literati wrote a novel about working at a big-box store.

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  1. in conversation
    Made for Jessica LangeHer haunting role in Mother Play, like so much of her work, is one only she could perform.
  2. family separation
    Pictures of the Year: Caravans: the new face of migration
    Will the Families Separated by Trump Ever Be Reunited?The Trump administration forcibly separated 5,000 families at the border. Five years later, the work of reunifying them is painfully incomplete.
  3. migrant crisis
    The Migrants Outside St. BrigidThe city’s campaign to push migrants out has turned their lives into an interminable loop.
  4. it’s theater season
    Amy Herzog and Sam Gold Are Just a Couple of Ibsen LoversEarly in their relationship, they decided never to work together. But neither could resist adapting Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People for Broadway.
  5. the money game
    ‘They Are Very Comfortable With Lying’How fallen crypto kingpins Su Zhu and Kyle Davies are dodging prison — and rebranding.
  6. renegades
    The Ballad of Barrett BrownHe was a “preppy anarchist” who went to jail for his fight against the surveillance state. Was it all for nothing?
  7. drug wars
    The Empty Adderall FactoryA drugmaker’s feud with the DEA is exacerbating the ADHD meds crisis — at a rate of 600 million missing doses a year.
  8. performance anxiety
    The Crying GameHow do actors learn to sob on cue? And can I? Oprah’s acting coach, a soap star, a famous clown-class graduate, and others explain.
  9. decisions
    The Lure of DivorceSeven years into my marriage, I hit a breaking point. Since then, I’ve had to decide whether life would be better without my husband in it.
  10. early and often
    Inside the Three-Way Race to Fill California’s Senate SeatAdam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee each represent a distinct way forward for liberals. But the decision might have already been made for them.
  11. the money game
    Bill Ackman Strikes BackHis fight has made him the public face of a billionaire class anxious it no longer rules the world.
  12. books
    Lucy Sante: Here She Comes NowThe author of ‘Low Life’ and ‘Kill All Your Darlings’ tried to keep a safe distance from herself — and her own desires. Until, at 66, she broke free.
  13. encounter
    An Old Wives’ TaleIn comedian Cole Escola’s debut play, Oh, Mary!, Mary Todd Lincoln gets to be an unstoppable diva, and so do they.
  14. operators
    The Ugliest Divorce in Manhattan Real EstateHFZ’s luxury developers staked their futures on Bjarke Ingels’s High Line debut and lost everything.
  15. chapters
    Over Three Decades, Tech Obliterated MediaKara Swisher’s front-row seat to a slow-moving catastrophe.
  16. the law
    A Handgun for ChristmasWill James and Jennifer Crumbley be found guilty for their son’s mass shooting?
  17. exhibit a
    What Happens, Exactly, If Trump Is Sentenced to Prison?The Secret Service doesn’t have a plan. Most inmates sleep in dorms. There’s also no Diet Coke.
  18. chapters
    The Busiest Basement in Jackson HeightsThe pandemic turned Nuala O’Doherty-Naranjo into an activist. Then the migrant crisis arrived.
  19. social studies
    What If Ozempic Is Just a Good Thing?The media has made the drugs about body politics and our obsession with thinness. They’re telling the wrong story.
  20. social studies
    How We Lost Our Minds About UFOsNo, aliens haven’t visited the Earth. Why are so many smart people insisting otherwise?
  21. early and often
    The Governor’s Wife Has Decided to Be a SenatorThe First Lady of New Jersey is leveraging her husband’s power to lock up the Democratic nomination for Senate. She appears unstoppable.
  22. social studies
    Inventing the Perfect College ApplicantFor $120,000 a year, Christopher Rim promises to turn any student into Ivy bait.
  23. a long talk
    Ex-Lovers Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel, ReunitedTwenty years after their breakup, the Taste of Things co-stars laugh, argue, and remember why they fell in love.
  24. street view
    A Bad Office Can (Maybe) Become a Good ApartmentThe challenges and complexities of cubicles out, bedrooms in.
  25. parenting
    Living in a One-Bedroom With Kids — by ChoiceSome parents are more committed to their pricey New York City neighborhoods than to having a door to their bedroom.
  26. early and often
    Is Trump Really, Truly Going to Be a Dictator?His intellectual defenders make their case that the danger is overblown.
  27. stop the presses
    Movie Mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Starring Role in Biden vs. Trump IIHollywood snarks about his Iowa screen test.
  28. off the grid
    The Women Who Walked AwayWhat drove a Colorado mother to flee into the Rocky Mountains with her teenage son and her sister?
  29. vision 2024
    Do You Remember the Ecstasy of Electing Joe Biden?How the coalition that defeated Donald Trump crumbled.
  30. relationships
    A Practical Guide to Modern PolyamoryFor the curious couple.
  31. vulture lists
    Every Martin Scorsese Movie, RankedAs Killers of the Flower Moon rises, we look back at the director’s highs and lows.
  32. court appearances
    The Fraud That Made President TrumpHe and Letitia James agree, in a way, that the case against him can’t be separated from politics.
  33. housing
    My New Apartment’s Most Aggravating FeatureNew York homes come with standard headaches. This might be the dumbest one yet.
  34. it’s an honor
    The 50 Greatest Awards-Show Speeches of the Last 55 YearsThe best acceptance moments can make or break careers, cement fandoms, and spark blind items.
  35. street view
    Our Radical, Practical NYCHA MakeoverFor Curbed, Peterson Rich’s architects propose balconies, energy efficiency, and adding mixed-income low-rises.
  36. homecomings
    Bad Vegan, Part Two?The show was a massive success. It didn’t take long for former associates to approach Sarma Melngailis for a follow-up.
  37. parenting
    I Know What You Did on the PlaygroundInside the chaos that often ensues after a parent posts about a “bad nanny” on Facebook.
  38. big ideas
    The Fast-Food Obsessive Who’s Still Trying to Solve LunchSteve Ells built Chipotle and its burrito bowls. Now he’s working on vegan burgers cooked by robots.
  39. wildfires
    A Maui Love StoryDuring the Maui wildfires, a young couple turned toward each other to survive Hawaii’s deadliest natural disaster.
  40. first person
    Tom Scocca: Unraveling My Medical MysteryThe strangest things happen to other people’s bodies. Then they began happening to my own.
  41. the city politic
    Finding Jordan NeelyHe had places he belonged and people looking out for him. How did he end up dying, alone, at the hands of a stranger on the subway?
  42. in conversation
    Michael Mann’s Decadeslong Drive to Make FerrariThe director on his inspiration rooms, clubbing with cocaine importers, and the obsessive research that went into his new movie.
  43. israel-palestine
    The Free-Speech Debate Is a TrapFree speech is a public utility, not a guarantee of justice. It’s time for the left to stop expecting it to serve its values.
  44. power
    She Blew Up Her Life to Reform the Fashion IndustryIn the success of the Adult Survivors Act, model turned activist Sara Ziff finds a silver lining.
  45. relationships
    The Age GappersThey say they’re happy. Why is it so hard to believe them?
  46. health
    An American Girlhood in the Ozempic EraParents, activists, and doctors are divided about giving children new weight-loss drugs. At age 13, Maggie Ervie became one of the first to take them.
  47. vision 2024
    The Alarming Calm of the Biden CampaignThe campaign to reelect the extremely old man dragged down by inflation and war and trailing his criminally indicted opponent is going great.
  48. most wanted
    On the Run With Pussy RiotForced to flee Russia, the dissidents fight Putin from abroad, one blistering punk show at a time.
  49. parenting
    The Rise of the Accidentally Permissive ParentSome moms and dads who strive to be “gentle parents” unknowingly turn into indulgent ones, largely because gentle parenting is just too hard.
  50. stop the presses
    Trump Reassures His Loyalists That He’ll Do Better Next TimeAt the New York Young Republican Club gala, there was rapture about the coming restoration — and how terrified that makes the “libs.”
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