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February 10, 2003
Book Review

Does the ouster of Random House head Ann Godoff signal the death of books? Nah—the publishing business as we know it died a long time ago. It’s just that nobody’s told book people.

February 3, 2003
The Altar of Walter

For faithful followers of brilliant careerist Walter Isaacson's brilliant career, what's to be learned from his leaving CNN? Maybe that everyone at AOL should run for the nearest exit.

January 20, 2003
Playing Mogul Murder

It's a great new parlor game -- imagining what happens if your favorite media tycoon gets hit by a bus. And figuring out who wins and who loses can tell us a lot about our future.

January 13, 2003
The Unspun

When the media decides it’s punishment time, no amount of spin-doctoring and TLC can shave the sentence. Especially when spin-doctoring and TLC got you into trouble in the first place (hello, Harvey!).

December 23, 2002
The Power Lunch

At Michael's, the media elite watch each other watching each other.

December 23, 2002
You've Got Sex

Or rather, dear America Online, you had it. But as the suits at Time Warner prudishly looked away, you squandered your lead as the nation's leading purveyor of dirty chat.

December 9, 2002
One Nation Under Fox

Earnest politics makes for bad TV -- which is why the scrappy, outsider, underdog approach championed by Fox News has made it the new psychic heart of the Republican Party.

December 2, 2002
The Price of Perfection

Cover Story: Why would Citigroup's Jack Grubman, and so many other Manhattan parents, work so hard and spend so much and pull so many strings to get their children into what are, after all, nursery schools? Hint: It's not about the kids. A frank exploration of the values and mores and rituals that drive Manhattan's private-school world.

November 25, 2002
Say Nothing

Thanks to a gag order, I'm not allowed to tell you what the greatest media minds of our times have to say. (But here's a hint: Even though it's the end of the world as we know it, they feel fine!)

November 11, 2002
Saving Private Arnett

Ex–CNN star Peter Arnett is heading to Iraq this week as a freelancer in hopes of one-upping CNN. But in the age of digitized battle, is there still such a thing as a war correspondent?

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