July 30, 2012

If there’s one sentiment that unites our divided populace, it’s that America ain’t what it used to be. But is our country really entering its twilight, or are we just in the midst of yet another declinist panic? By Frank Rich

Features

Katie Holmes Cruise Has Left the Building

Reflections on the celebrity projection screen known as TomKat: Did an American sweetheart mount a daring escape from the clutches of her wacko husband? Or was Tom Cruise really the dupe all along? By Benjamin Wallace

In Conversation: Martin Amis

With a new book, Lionel Asbo: State of England, and new home, Brooklyn, the British novelist holds forth on money, porn, Hitch, and the end of postmodern fiction. Interview by David Wallace-Wells

Leopold’s Ghost

When the president of a liberal-arts college brought an at-risk Rwandan scholar to campus, his good intentions were challenged in ways he could have never imagined. By Sanford J. Ungar

Intelligencer

The Appalling Frequency of the Shooting Spree

There have been at least 125 fatal mass shootings in the United States since Columbine.

Escapism

The story lines that redefine tragedies.

Symbolism on Board

Marissa Mayer and the lessons of Sarah Palin.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Pines’ Summer of Discontent

It’s Grindr’s fault.

228 Minutes With Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

Bagging batteries and playing matchmaker with the geek darlings of public radio.

Columns

The Hidden Mitt

Why does Mitt Romney have such a hard time talking about what matters most to him?

Strategist

Best Bets

Vrac Rosé from Provence, a computer brush, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I study American history. That’s what I’m passionate about.”

The Restuarant Review

A pair of beloved West Coast restaurants, one Thai, the other Chinese, open outposts in New York.

In Season

At each stage, Poona kheera is sweet and juicy and about as crunchy as Honeycrisp apple.

Battle of the Rooftop Salads

With an increasing number of restaurants growing their own, we compare the crops.

Fashionables: Hoop Earrings

The classic shape in all sorts of sizes.

The Urbanist’s Seattle

Masked superheroes, buzzy bookstores, technorati food trucks.

Culture

Camp Classic

Is Gina Gershon the queen of NC-17?

The Biggest Picture

The Kodak Colorama, back in Grand Central.

The Movie Review

Batman gets an overstuffed send-off in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Tick Tock

Film critic vs. art critic on Christian Marclay's The Clock.

Agenda

Aging Well

Murray’s Cheese Bar is a 56-seat restaurant serving fromage in all its sharp and stinky forms.

Departments

Comments: Week of July 30, 2012

Readers sound off on Spike Lee, Reddit, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of July 30, 2012

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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