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  • Morgan Russell. Synchromy in Orange: To Form.

    Modern Art, Defined

    An exhibition looks at abstraction—the movement that defines 
modern art. By Blake Gopnik
  • Kristen Stewart

    The Mad One

    Kristen Stewart goes on the road with Kerouac. By Marlow Stern.
  • Richard Rosendale

    Hospitality MacGyver

    He calls it the War Room. Located behind 30-ton blast doors in a fallout shelter—built for Congress in the late 1950s and nicknamed “The Last Resort”—its walls are papered with plans, diagrams, and calendars that painstakingly plot out the minutes ’til the Big Day. Across the hall is a replica of the battle site, stocked with high-tech equipment and laid out inch-by-inch to resemble what he’ll find when he touches down on French soil.
  • Johnny's & Associates

    Johnny’s World

    Japan’s elusive boy-band kingpin speaks out. By Robert Michael Poole
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    God is Great

    For one critic, the dearth of spirituality in art is a problem of biblical proportions.
  • Julie Mehretu's untitled 2001 painting at John Berggruen

    Pop Goes the Art Bubble

    The rich keep spending millions and driving up prices. But what happens when the bubble bursts?
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    What Fred Said

    A longtime veteran of ‘Saturday Night Live’, Armisen sounds off on the return of his IFC show ‘Portlandia’ and mimicking Penny Marshall.
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    The End of Pasta

    Temperatures are rising. Rainfalls are shifting. Droughts are intensifying. What will we eat when wheat won’t grow.
  • Jay Duplass and brother Mark Duplass

    Mark Duplass

    The writer-director-actor on ripping off ‘Rocky’.
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    Sayed Kashua on sadness and sin in the Holy Land.
  • Marion Cotillard

    A Beautiful Mind

    Marion Cotillard on motherhood, the 1 percent, and her ‘Rust and Bone’ role that will make you do a double take.
  • Blackta

    Beyond Othello

    Two plays tackle color and character on the British stage
  • Cairo

    Drunk In Cairo

    From whisky at the Windsor to Baladi bars, Lawrence Osborne gets sloshed in the new Islamist Egypt.
  • Vintage Ralph Lauren

    Americana Redux

    Sitting in a deluxe meeting room in an office in midtown Manhattan, David Lauren, an executive vice president of the Ralph Lauren Corp. and second son of the famous designer, does something you wouldn’t expect of a fashion executive: he reveals that the elegant suit he has on—double-breasted and wide-lapelled in navy-blue wool, worn with a pin-dotted tie—is in fact 20 years old. He’s not begging for a raise or showing off his thrift. He is demonstrating a truth about this moment in world culture: that the old is new and the new looks old and there’s no need to choose between them—and that his company is on the crest of this cultural wave. The suit was designed by his father, and any wear that it’s showing after all these years is like “the patina of a great pickup truck,” he says, since the brand “is always rooted in the classics—it’s about history.”
  • Katherine Boo

    And the Winner Is: Katherine Boo

    A descent into the Mumbai slums climbs to literary heights as it nabs the National Book Award. The author speaks to Lucas Wittmann.
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    Ang Lee

    The ‘Life of Pi’ director on his greatest balancing act.
  • Proof of Heaven

    The Science of Heaven

    Can consciousness exist when the body fails? One neurosurgeon says he has seen it firsthand—and takes on critics who vehemently disagree.
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    The Psycho of Hollywood

    Director Alfred Hitchcock gulped martinis, treated actors like cattle, and lusted after his leading ladies. Will a new film starring Anthony Hopkins reveal the man behind the movies?
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    The Story of Joe

    He stars in the epic film ‘Lincoln,’ but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a passion for tales that are equally as ambitious—though a little bit shorter.
  • Election Rehab

    Election Rehab

    Twenty cultural events tailor-made for recovering political addicts.
  • Veterans Who Write books

    Pens at the Ready

    Lucas Wittmann, Jimmy So, Doug Stanton and Nick Mancusi on the best of today's war books written by veterans.
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    Anne Panning charts the evolution of an earnest Midwestern metropolis.
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    Bond is Back

    Shake us. Stir us. James Bond is back and cooler than ever. The iconic spy at 50. By Simon Schama.
  • Butlers

    Jeeves at the Pierre

    Want a treadmill in your hotel room? Or egg whites at 4 a.m.? Meet New York's ‘royal attachés' who fulfill guests' every whim.