In this week’s magazine, Emily Nussbaum traces the history of the TV cougar, from Samantha Jones to Cougar Town. Tim Murphy spends 93 minutes with Lynn Redgrave. Andrew Marantz talks to the apocalypse experts Sony recruited to help sell 2012. Justin Davidson tells us how New York is sneaking great new buildings into tiny, unexpected places. David Edelstein reviews Precious. Logan Hill interviews the makers of HBO’s flattering new Obama doc, By the People. Miranda Siegel weighs in on Robert Bergman’s gallery debut. And Jerry Saltz reviews the Urs Fischer show at the New Museum. Sam Anderson reviews Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals. And Alexandra Lange rediscovers Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy series, the original Gossip Girl.