The Grateful Near-Dead, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week’s New York

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In this week's issue of New York, Chris Norris explores how an episode of sudden cardiac arrest gave the Giraffes' Aaron Lazar a new lease on life. Boris Kachka explores "the highbrow humanist name-dropping book of the summer" with its author, Chandler Burr. Emma Rosenblum talks with Grey's Anatomy star Chandra Wilson about preparing for the role of Mama in Chicago and discusses the challenges that True Blood's Stephen Moyer faces in making a vampire a likeable lead. David Edelstein reviews The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Whatever Works, and Food, Inc. Justin Davidson tours the High Line. And Jerry Saltz explores the three Charles Ray installations at Matthew Marks and how they "exemplify a drug-addled view of the world."