Michael Jackson. Paris Hilton. Kobe Bryant. Martha Stewart. In a culture that worships celebrity, some of the most famous seem to be suffering a collective meltdown—accused of acts that betray their own particularly self-destructive brand of entitlement. But to what degree do we share the blame? PLUS: Daphne Merkin imagines Michael Jackson on the couch.
Carolyn Heilbrun was a feminist pioneer, an influential Virginia Woolf scholar, a writer of pop mysteries, and a lifelong enemy (if happily married, with a family) of the patriarchy. As a passionate believer in choice, she talked often about the possibility of suicide. But when she killed herself in October, in good health, showing no signs of depression, it left family and friends with a mystery bigger than any in her books.
Say good-bye to your entrée. From the bite-size savories at Alta to the sumptuous snacks at Savoy and Otto’s inimitable antipasti, New York’s chefs have launched a tiny new trend that’s a very big deal.
Readers sound off on power wives and house-husbands.
Dating within the (extended) family, the breakdown on baby-haters, and how to keep your girlfriend in good form
The best blow-dry for your buck, courtesy of Simon Sabag
A Lulu Guinness faux-fur stole, a retro alarm clock, and the Mobile Foodie Survival Kit
A penguin lands in Bryant Parkand it's got style.
Deal of the Week: Colorful catchalls from ply design
Plus: Sales at Theory, Nanette Lepore, and Stuart Weitzman
We want to tell our grandmother's amazing life story on video. Where do we turn to for help?
Graydon Carter’s latest Bush- bashing . . . Bianca Jagger: The gas-masked lady . . .Adieu, Barefoot Contessa
Growing up in New Jersey, Janine di Giovanni had to get out. So she went to Chechnya and the Balkans.
Song Airlines is now the official sponsor of the meatpacking district. Who should co-brand your neighborhood?
Vengeful (but confused) cell-phone customers hang up on their providers.
A Brit classic tests the waters on these shores.
If you thought Zac Posen was young . . .
Yup, they’re back. And bankers are dreaming about how to spend them.
Lady Liberty wants to welcome visitors again.
The GOP convention is coming to liberal New York. Meet the conservative Alabama Republican in charge.
It turns out the SEC isn’t just slow—it was never looking out for the little guy in the first place
Armed with blockbuster epics, the major studios are getting ready to take back the Oscars
Zen and the art of civil war in The Last Samurai; unrestrained tastelessness is Bad Santa’s bag
Donna Murphy takes a Wonderful Town by storm; Caroline, or Change fails to find its footing
Mike Nichols and a brilliant cast bring the haunting epic Angels in America to HBO
The Beatles’ final album gets Naked; Missy Elliott smartly reteams with Timbaland
Herbert Wernicke’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten returns to the Met
Exquisite Japanese cooking and presentation at Chelsea’s new Matsuri
Mario Batali hops across the Mediterranean, opening not one but two Spanish restaurants at once, joined by his longtime aide Andy Nusser.
Panna cotta, that wobbly wonder, gets dressed up for the holidays.
Once Thanksgiving is over, the holiday lightings spread like wildfire.
Sick of holiday blockbusters? Skip ’em in favor of a smart series.
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