In the Apr. 15–28 issue: Olivia Nuzzi on “wonder boy” Pete Buttigieg. Plus: Art & Design, by Wendy Goodman; the half-billion dollar “Leonardo”; Natasha Lyonne, Annette Bening, and more.
The City Politic : Errol Louis • The Eric Adams Show A beginning stocked with masterstrokes, gaffes, and eyebrow-raising appointments.
The Group Portrait: Swing Time • Two actors, dozens of roles: How to keep The Lion King going during an outbreak.
Connor Pardoe • Pickleball, once a game for the 50-plus crowd, exploded during the pandemic. This sports commissioner wants to turn it into a national pastime.
The Money Game : Choire Sicha • America’s Quarter-Life Crisis Where’s our change? The answer is gnarlier than you’d expect.
The Undoing of Joss Whedon • The Buffy creator, once an icon of Hollywood feminism, is now an outcast accused of misogyny. How did he get here?
13,000 POUNDS AT 118 MILES PER HOUR • THE WRECK OF A LIMO NEAR ALBANY WAS THE DEADLIEST U.S. TRANSPORTATION DISASTER IN A DECADE. AND THE MAN BEHIND IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS IN FBI HISTORY.
LAST SANE MAN ON WALL STREET • Nathan Anderson made his name exposing—and betting against—corporate fraud. But short selling in a frothy pandemic economy can be ruinous.
Dog Coats They’ll Actually Wear
Puffy Parkas, Neck-to-Tail Slickers, and Fleecy Vests
A Staten Island Shipping Dock • Longshoremen of the ILA Local 920 union took a break from 18-hour shifts to tell us about the supply chain and winter accidents.
THE LOOK BOOK: STATEN ISLAND DOCKWORKERS
Staying Put for 60 Years • Architectural historian Andrew Alpern bought his one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea’s Penn South co-ops in 1962 with no intention to ever leave. And he hasn’t.
Dining and Dashing • Attempting to savor South Indian delights at Semma during a surge.
Battle of the Roasted Garlic Achaars • A Trader Joe’s knockoff has put condiment-maker Brooklyn Delhi in a pickle.
Mitski in Nine Acts • If the musician has to reveal herself at all, she’d rather do it one short burst at a time.
SEE SPOT PAINT • Agnieszka Pilat has become the Silicon Valley elite’s favorite artist. Even The Matrix’s Neo owns her work.
Hanya’s Boys • The novelist tends to torture her gay male characters—but only so she can swoop in to save them.
Did the Right Thing • No one passes the purity test in this heavy-handed morality tale.
Don’t Touch That Dial • The Weeknd makes purgatory sound like fun.
Locals Only A cabaret star asks: Can you find yourself without leaving home?
To Do • Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read. JANUARY 19–FEBRUARY 2
The Short List SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL • This year’s fest is online only—for the first time ever. Here, some films making their world premiere.
THE APPROVAL MATRIX • Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.