In the Apr. 15–28 issue: Olivia Nuzzi on “wonder boy” Pete Buttigieg. Plus: Art & Design, by Wendy Goodman; the half-billion dollar “Leonardo”; Natasha Lyonne, Annette Bening, and more.
The System: Zak Cheney-Rice • Brittney Griner’s Hollow Homecoming It’s a relief she’s back. Now free the others.
The Group Portrait: Taking Down SBF • How the website CoinDesk shook up the crypto world.
Robert Gottlieb • The 91-year-old book editor waits for his 87-year-old star writer, Robert Caro, to turn in his latest book.
Sex Lives: Allison P. Davis • Fifteen Years of the New York ‘Sex Diaries’ And I read all 707 of them.
The Best Sex, Ranked By the Cut Editors • BELOW, THE “SEX DIARIES” that blew up our group texts, inspired an internet conspiracy or two, and still make us blush all these years later, ranked from tamest to wildest.
THE POLICE LAWYER’S TRIAL • For 11 years, Karl Ashanti defended the NYPD in civil-rights cases. Then he was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.
THE YEAR OF THE NEPO BABY AN INVESTIGATION • Hollywood has always loved the children of famous people. In 2022, the internet reduced them to two little words.
AN ALL BUT DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE HOLLYWOOD NEPO-VERSE
CAREER SWAP • It’s like Drake said: We wanna be them, and they wanna be us. So who’s more famous?
DADDY GOT ME AN INTERNSHIP
WAIT, WHERE’S LENA DUNHAM? • She’s not a nepo baby in the purest sense, but Dunham, along with dozens of others with fame-adjacent parents, did inherit a knowledge of the business.
THE NBA SONS • Ranking some of the best in the league.
THE CATWALK NEPOTI • What are genes but subcutaneous IP? No wonder so many top models are second-generation somebodies—brands love a familiar face.
WHAT DO THEY DO AGAIN? • Their names are vaguely familiar, but what are their jobs, exactly?The influencers, podcasters, chefs, and Bachelor contestants.
SUPPORT A NEPO BABY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON • Is the pressure of gift-giving getting you down? This year, support the entrepreneurial spirit of nepo babies who are forging their own path in the world (with, naturally, a little seed capital).
An Extremely Giftable Bathrobe • THE LOOK BOOK GOES TO A CRYPTO CONFERENCE THE BEST OF “THE YEAR I ATE NEW YORK”
The Best COBBLERS • TO FIND THE SPOTS on this list, we polled dozens of stylish and savvy New Yorkers—shoe designers, magazine editors, and vintage-store owners among them. For more obsessively sourced recommendations, including the best eyeglass shops, electricians, and ceramics classes, visit curbed.com.
A Crypto Conference • After enduring a rocky few weeks, enthusiasts gathered at Benzinga’s “Future of Crypto” event to take stock.
A Low-Key-Outside, Exuberant-Inside Village House • Sasha Bikoff warned her husband, “I’m going to go kind of crazy here.”
The Best (and Worst)of the Year I Ate New York
Let’s Discuss ... THE BEST TV OF THE YEAR • Jen Chaney, Roxana Hadadi, and Kathryn VanArendonk on feeling desperate for new material—and shocked by how fresh a Star Wars spinoff could be.
BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
Let’s Discuss ... THE BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR • Film critics Angelica Jade Bastién, Bilge Ebiri, and Alison Willmore just want to see movies that knock them out. That was hard to find in 2022—aside from a few surprise hits.
BEST THEATER OF THE YEAR
BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • By Rhoda Feng, Emily Hughes, Isle McElroy, Arianna Rebolini, Mary Retta, and J. Howard Rosier
BEST PODCASTS OF THE YEAR
BEST COMEDY SPECIALS OF THE YEAR
BEST ART SHOWS OF THE YEAR
To Do • For more culture coverage and streaming recommendations, see vulture.com.