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Benjamin Wallace

April 4, 2011 | Features
The Ravenous and Resourceful Sandra Lee

Determined to become a down-market Martha Stewart, she parlayed her miserable childhood into a Food Network empire for those of limited means. Now, somewhat improbably, she’s the First Lady of Albany. Not that she shows any interest in redecorating.

February 7, 2011 | Features
The Geek-Kings of Smut

After once being the best thing that ever happened to porn, the Internet is now wreaking havoc: destroying some fortunes, making bigger ones, and serving as a stimulus plan, in more ways than one.

January 3, 2011 | Features
Peretz in Exile

For decades, Martin Peretz taught at Harvard and presided over The New Republic—a fierce, if controversial, lion among American intellectuals and Zionists. Now, having been labeled a bigot, taunted at his alma mater, and stripped of his magazine, he has found peace in a place where there is little: Israel.

December 6, 2010 |
Monetizing the Celebrity Meltdown

Tom Barrack, a billionaire investor who made his fortune in real estate, has discovered a market in distressed celebrities. With Neverland Ranch and Miramax under his belt, he’s now on a shopping spree—and bringing along his buddy Rob Lowe.

November 8, 2010 |
Diplomat Gone Rogue

Peter Galbraith built a career in statecraft, pursuing a humanitarian foreign policy despite a very immodest temperament. But when the U.N. fired him for insubordination in Afghanistan, he suddenly had a reputation to defend—and nothing left to lose.

October 4, 2010 |
You Can Do Anything in Bushwick

The Roberta's DIY empire.

June 28, 2010 |
On a Roll

How a lobster glut in Maine has democratized, and energized, crustacean cuisine in New York.

March 8, 2010 | Feature
The Restaurant Auteur

Keith McNally—of the Odeon, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike, Pravda, Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller’s, and Minetta Tavern fame—is opening a new restaurant. As usual, he thinks it’s going to be a failure.

June 14, 2010 | Intelligencer
Peace Talk

After the Gaza-flotilla debacle, where does the conversation about Israel go now?

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