We still get excited on Tuesday nights when these things roll off the press and onto the deli shelves. You don’t have to run out and get the new issue though — it’s all right here. Lead stories are Graham Rayman on the low-budget long-distance runners who come from Africa to New York, flop on floors and shared beds, and tear up local races for a couple hundred bucks a throw and little else; Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond on how Beyonce got Sasha Fierce and what she does with it; and Rob Harvilla’s mid-December madness match-up of the Sweet 16 Worst Lyrics of 2008.
Our all-pro arts team talks you through what’s new on pages, stages, and screens: J. Hoberman on The Wrestler and Nothing But the Truth, Michael Feingold on three new plays including Craig Lucas’ Prayer for My Enemy, Deborah Jowitt on Pina Bausch at BAM and David Gordon at DTW, R.C. Baker on the cream of the graphic-narrative crop, and more.