New York magazine is showing its stripes in the read of the week — with a fawning but informative cover story on Cynthia Nixon.
The progressive “Sex and the City” actress, who is running for governor against Andrew Cuomo, shows her Tony Award chops with a bit of stagecraft, calling Governor Cuomo a Trump in our back yard.
Nixon — who was infamously dubbed by Cuomo loyalist Christine Quinn as “an unqualified lesbian” — appears to be on a media march to establish credentials of someone who can at least talk the talk.
Elsewhere, a question-and-answer feature interviewing no less than 13 Facebook backers on what went wrong at the social network is a good attempt, while being a bit confusing. Best takeaway comes from venture capital investor Roger McNamee saying, “There is no way to justify what happened here,” gets lost in the maze.
New Yorker’s travel and food issue, meanwhile, is both less filling and of questionable taste. Do we need during these days of the Trump wall to debate 10 long pages on what it’s like traveling by canoe on the southern border and how a wall could be bad for conservation of the Rio Grande River?
Oh, and when it comes to the best we get for food … the perfect legume (bean)? Really?
More satisfying is a real-life mystery written about a Red Hook, Brooklyn, maraschino cherry company started in 1948. The factory also had a fake wall that when removed revealed a 2,500-square-foot marijuana factory, (see column above!) which proved to be quite a surprise for the founder’s kids.
Over at Time, a predictable cover story on “Trump’s Perfect Storm” delivers little in its attempt to recount Trump’s legal troubles, and put them in perspective.
However, a feature on his Syria policy, in which Trump reversed his campaign promise to remove troops, is spot on, even though it was published before this weekend’s airstrikes.
For those looking to get more on the Mark Zuckerberg-Facebook story, check out its “Masters of Mind Control” feature on how Silicon Valley programs human behavior. It does a good job at getting to the central question: Is Facebook controlling us or the other way around?