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 National Interest: Jonathan Chait • The GOP’s Eternal Return Why post-Trump Republicans are pivoting to a pre-Trump world.
The Group Portrait: Fossil Hunters • Are there mammoth bones at the bottom of the East River?
Casey Johnston • The unlikely weight-lifting coach is making a killing arguing that pumping iron can be for everyone (yes, even you).
Diary of a Hospital: Lisa Miller • ‘There’s No Room in the System’ A plan to institutionalize the homeless has little meaning in the ER.
ELON’S BIRDCAGE • Twitter’s staff spent years trying to protect the platform against impulsive billionaires who wanted to use it for their own ends— then one made himself the CEO.
Fort Walgreens • The recent spike in shoplifting is both overblown and real. And almost everyone is profiting from it (including you).
JAMES O’KEEFE GETS STUNG • After a decade of punking liberals with hidden-camera stings, his pursuit of Ashley Biden’s stolen diary could blow up in his face.
A Highly Sensitive Makeup Mirror
Best Bets • A COLLECTION OF expert-vetted, spotted-around-town, or otherwise just especially excellent products that recently appeared on thestrategist.com. To shop all these items—plus the mirror—in one place, scan the QR code.
The Best NICHE BOOKSTORES • TO FIND THESE less-expected spots, we polled dozens of stylish and savvy New Yorkers—music professors, filmmakers, and novelists among them. For more obsessively sourced recommendations, including the best movie theaters and jewelry-repair shops, visit curbed.com.
A Samoyed Meetup • For eight years, NYC Samoyeds has arranged regular park gatherings for owners of the cheerful Siberian breed.
Welcome to Electchester • It remains basically as it was imagined in 1949: a surprisingly affordable city-within-a-city full of electricians, just southeast of Flushing.
In Search of the New York Happy Meal • Martinis and fries are the perfect pairing. In his inaugural dispatch, our new diner-at-large looks for the best place to enjoy them.
Gjelina’s Here • After nearly seven years, the Venice Beach institution is at last serving saffron spaghetti and wood-grilled greens in Noho.
Four Fancy Soups • Elaborate broth is back.
A Beautiful Mind • For Sarah Sherman, comedy is all about putting on a show— and being absolutely disgusting.
The Villains of Prince Harry’s Spare • His new memoir may be the literary equivalent of the tea going cold and the crumpets being a bit too stale. Still, Harry is game to gingerly inject some Crown into the House of Windsor. These are the book’s biggest antagonists.
What Makes a Peck a Peck • According to the New York City Ballet’s principal dancers, soloists, repertory director, lighting designer, pianist, his wife—and Justin Peck.
Club Freud • An evening with Parapraxis, a new lit mag for the new psychoanalysis crowd.
CRITICS • Jen Chaney on The Last of Us … Bilge Ebiri on Plane … Justin Davidson on Fedora.
To Do • For more culture coverage and streaming recommendations, see vulture.com.
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THE APPROVAL MATRIX • Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.