October 2011

Features

Armie Hammer

As the heir to a vast oil fortune, the 25-year-old rising star could easily have become the kind of ultra-entitled proto-douchebag he so memorably portrayed (in duplicate) in The Social Network. Instead, Hammer—who plays J. Edgar Hoover's longtime assistant (and lover) in the new biopic J. Edgar—proves to be unexpectedly down-to-earth. Proof: He's fond of the little people.

Hot Shots

A new generation of run-and-gun right-wing auteurs are crafting explosive Web videos packed with action-movie histrionics and gripping cinema verite-style realism. Could they tilt the balance of the next election? Forget the Tea Party—this is the new face of the GOP.

WHERE THERE'S GAY MARRIAGE COMES…THE RISE OF GAY DIVORCE

The right of two men or two women to wed brings with it another, less-discussed privilege: the ability to dissolve that union—angrily, messily, or even amicably. But is a population that's just warming to gay nuptials ready to see same-sex couples take the rainbow express to Splitsville? Is Gay America?
Fashion

Depth Perception

Whether you're in the ocean or at the office, your look will get an upgrade with one of these stylish diving watches.

Neutral Country

Woodsy fall getaways call for subdued color palettes that let you blend in with your surroundings.
Last Call

Kenny Wormald

After making his name as part of Justin Timberlake's backup troupe, the 27-year-old with all the right moves is stepping into Kevin Bacon's (dancing) shoes in the remake of Footloose.
Know + Tell

THE OBSESSION

A professional-grade camera that fits in your pocket.
DRINKS
A star bartender picks America's finest undiscovered spirits, and a guide to cremant, the sparkling wine of the moment.

TRAVEL

A complete tour of the galleries and museums that are heating up Istanbul's art scene, plus the city's can't-miss boutiques, hotels, and restaurants.

AUTO

Need to choose between an all-terrain ride and a stylish supercar? Not with the Ferrari FF, you don't. Plus, the best road trips, and four other notable 4WD debuts.

TECH

The essential guide to keeping all your gear secure, plus a comparison of the latest cloud-storage services.

FOOD

Seven seasoning secrets from world-class chefs, and the tastiest streets in America for making a night out of dinner and drinks.

DESIGN

An iconic desk lamp gets a strikingly skinny update, plus three new design e-tailers.

Culture

THE WISEGUY

How actor-novelist-director-theater geek Ethan Hawke became the hardest-working slacker in show business.

THE CULTURAL DIET

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides listens to Kanye and wants to dress like a Black Eyed Pea.

THE TREND

New novels from A-list authors like Colson Whitehead and Chuck Palahniuk that read like B-movies (in a good way).

THE BOOKSHELF

Fall's must-read titles, plus the making of Art Spiegelman's Maus.

THE DIRECTORS

The creators of the controversial doc Catfish go Hollywood with this month's Paranormal Activity 3.

THE STARLET

British actress Felicity Jones is starring in one movie about long-distance love and another about self-love.

THE YES LIST

Five things in culture we emphatically endorse this month.
Style

THE PURCHASE

A sexy leather lace-up with the soul (and sole) of a boot.

ESSENTIALS

How to wear a sweater as a jacket, including the styles you need and our recommendations for the season.

THE TASTEMAKER

Trussardi designer Umit Benan shares his guide to New York City's West Village.

TRAVEL

Six of the most impeccably crafted weekend bags you can find.

ENDORSEMENTS

Ten things we love right now, including our favorite color from the fall shows and the dog everyone wants.

TREND

The double-breasted blazer makes a slim, trim comeback.

GROOMING

The secret to great skin comes from the ocean.
The Body

EXERCISE

Everything you need—the best bikes, the coolest gear, our picks for the country's most scenic rides—to enjoy a great workout on two wheels.

TREND

At gyms all across the country, guys are obsessed with buns of steel. Here's what's behind the movement.

NUTRITION

So long, agave. Coconut sugar is the healthy sweetener you should be using now.

CALENDAR

How to sculpt perfect shoulders in 30 days.
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