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The “anonymous” restaurant critic is a concept that’s long outlived its relevance, says Adam Platt—while exposing his identity on our cover. He’s also provided his annual list of the best places to indulge oneself, whether with high-art old-fashioned French or the not-so-humble taco. Plus: the best new chefs, and those trends that should go the way of the dodo. By Adam Platt
Adolescence, despite zits, first heartbreak, mean girls and boys, and algebra, may not be all that taxing on adolescents themselves. It’s their parents who really suffer, experiencing a strangely mirrored kind of midlife puberty. By Jennifer Senior
A new, immigrant species of those notoriously unkillable critters, cockroaches, has hit the city, and it can handle the cold. By Christopher Bonanos. Meanwhile, horse-drawn carriagesare nearly extinct, but that may not do much for the horses. By Lee Siegel.
Plus: Pigeon portraiture, squirrel aliens, and the distant drumbeat of bears.
The Spring Fashion Issue
People are often shocked to learn that the average runway show lasts eleven minutes. All that preparation and then ...whoosh. But more than ever, things move fast in the style world: Our cover subject, Lupita Nyong’o, went from unknown to international icon in nine months, and Leandra Medine tumbled from college into fashion’s big leagues because of her refreshing belief that fashion and feminism need not contradict each other. Elsewhere we take a look at Abercrombie & Fitch’s precipitous fall from beefcake grace; a new, earnest attempt to save the world through luxury goods; and six months in the life of one especially beautiful Chloé dress—just one of the season’s offerings we’re highlighting. Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari also stage a surrealist portfolio, and there’s our rundown of the newest trends: disco dresses, sporty sandals, and Pop Art prints. Here today, who knows about tomorrow.
Cover StoryBig Bang theories.
Plus: Fox’s Kevin Reilly blows up pilot season; Matt Zoller Seitz heralds another explosion; and Maya Rudolph gets her dream: a variety show.