1. encounter
    John Cleese Revisits His Pre-Monty Python Time in New YorkTalking to the comedian about his new memoir, So, Anyway …
  2. books
    The Strand’s Stand: How It Keeps Going in the Age of AmazonThere is only one true long-term threat to the legendary bookstore, and it comes from within.
  3. radio
    Why You Wasted a Perfectly Good Hour Listening to ‘Car Talk’We took comfort in their expertise.
  4. close reads
    A Close Examination of Taylor Swift’s 1989 CoverFrom our Polaroid expert. 
  5. On His 90th Birthday, Unseen Photos of Truman Capote in BrooklynIn that house on the Heights.
  6. Buildings Aren’t Usually Funny. Filip Dujardin’s Are — and Here’s Why.A photographer who creates his own architectural follies.
  7. books
    Catching Up With Kids’-Book Legend Judith ViorstAt 83, the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day author is in the middle of her biggest year yet.
  8. art
    Andy Freeberg on the Art of the Art-Fair BoothThe juxtapositions are funny, of course, but they also get at the strange reality of these events.
  9. photography
    Could Polaroid’s Beloved Type 55 Film Return?A Kickstarter campaign to reinvent this unique photographic film gathers momentum.
  10. slideshows
    See Vintage Mad Men–Era Ads From 1969New York magazine was the hot new magazine title right around then.
  11. obits
    All Hail: Sid Caesar, 1922–2014Even in fragments, his greatness comes through.
  12. photography
    The Art World Wakes Up, Once Again, to Marie Cosindas“I didn’t go out of fashion, but I was out of the ­public eye.”
  13. books
    A No-Frills Buyers’ Guide to January BooksAre Perfect, Shovel Ready, and Andrew’s Brain worth getting?
  14. books
    The Return of the Codex Seraphinianus“The book creates a feeling of illiteracy.”
  15. Ruthie Ann Miles on Her Role in Here Lies LoveMiles anchors the show, strikingly so for an actress only just out of her touring-company-and-understudy phase.
  16. theater review
    Theater Review: Kinky Boots Steps Up and Stands OutIt’s never boring; it’s never shocking; you are likely to leave entirely entertained and satisfied.
  17. the impossible
    Does Being a Dad Change the Way You Watch Film?Is it possible to watch The Impossible if you’re the parent of a small child?
  18. theater
    Chita Rivera Slings Opium in a New Edwin Drood“I like her because she understands and accepts those who belong to the seedy side of life.”
  19. burning questions
    Vulture Explains: What’s All the Fuss About The Master and 70mm?Short answer: It looks amazing.
  20. art candy
    Sample the Work of Alex Steinweiss, Inventor of Album Cover ArtA new book celebrates the man who invented the album cover.
  21. comparative lit
    New Books From Jay-Z and Stephen Sondheim: A Vulture IM DebateNitsuh Abebe and Christopher Bonanos of ‘New York’ met up via instant messenger to do a little comparative-lit exercise.
  22. theater review
    Theater Review: Andrew Jackson Is Bloodless on BroadwayWhat packed a wallop at the Public Theater rings hollow and glib in a big house.
  23. drama
    New York Inspires Stephen Sondheim’s First New Song in Six Years“God! / I mean the man’s a / God!”
  24. nobit
    The ‘I Saw My Own Obituary’ SocietyHe’s in good company.
  25. obit
    Remembering Thomas Hoving, Visionary (and Wonderfully Vulgar) Met DirectorHoving was a madman, and of a specific type: the utterly fearless, patrician vulgarian.
  26. treasured cultural documents
    Anne Frank’s Diary, as Interpreted by David MametANNE: When I write I can shake off all my cares. PETER: Then the machine gets a hold of you. You know they want rewrites?
  27. radio free new york city
    Why New York City’s Indie Radio Just Can’t Hack ItClassical stalwart WQXR is sold, but we’ve got much greater problems.
  28. murketing
    Sci Fi Becomes Syfy: Why?This sounds like the dopiest idea ever to touch down on planet Earth.
  29. drama
    Outburst at You’re Welcome America Tests Will Ferrell’s ChopsAt last night’s performance, Ferrell got an unexpected lesson in the pitfalls of audience participation.