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March 1, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Sex and Silence at Yale

In 1983, Naomi Wolf was a Yale senior and Harold Bloom was the eminent scholar charged with critiquing her poetry. What transpired instead was a sexual advance that Wolf rebuffed, but kept quiet about. Twenty years later, troubled by her own complicity in a system that rewarded silence, she approached Yale to find out whether the university's record of dealing with sexual misconduct on campus had improved. What she discovered troubled her even more.


Big Hair

When Über-stylist Sally Hershberger opened her new salon in the meatpacking district-charging $600 for the signature shag beloved of Meg Ryan-it was official: Celebrity hairdressers had become boldface stars themselves, with clients willing to pay any price for their artistry. How much is a great haircut really worth? One woman's journey through the gauntlet of scissors, razors, and blow-dryers in search of the kindest cut.

The Exhibitionists

The show New Yorkers can't resist (or resist second-guessing), the Whitney Biennial, is hard upon us. An advance look at ten exciting young artists-crochet geniuses, goth filmmakers, even painters-who made the cut this year.

Smart City

Best of New York

A treasure trove at Tender Buttons.

Best Bets

A Peugeot peppermill, Jonathan Adler cashmere, and handcuffs by Helmut Lang.

Shop Talk

New creams soften Chelsea hardbodies.

Deal of the Week

A kitschy wall clock.

Plus: Sales at 20/20 Eyewear, Lion & the Lamb, and ABC Carpet & Home.

Who Can Restore My Antique Typewriter?

Picking through an antiques shop, I scored a forties manual typewriter for $20. I know this Hermes will inspire my first novel, but it needs resuscitation first. Is there a doctor in the house?


Suddenly chic Santiago, Chile.


Intelligencer Column

Tom Brokaw, The Bush Clan, Fabian Basabe, Henry Blodget, Kim Cattrall, Amanda Hesser

The Big Question

Who's the cuter Yankee: Jeter or Rodriguez?

Flash Pants

Designer Stacey Bendet took denim out of the doldrums. Now she’s making menswear similarly sexy.


Class Action

Mike Bloomberg takes a buzz saw to the teachers' contract-offering an astonishing glimpse at his true vision of school reform.

The Bottom Line

Don't count Comcast's father- and-son duo out of the wonderful world of Disney.



Bad news: The Gospel according to Mel Gibson is no more than a brutal gorefest.


Terrence McNally's Stendhal Syndrome mixes high art, base yearnings, and a smattering of kitsch.


Umberto Boccioni's rude but vital Materia provides a key to understanding Futurism.


The Time Warner Center captures Columbus Circle's shapely disso- nance-but muddies the details.

Classical Music

Boulez reconnects with the Clevelanders; the Met's fizzy Rossini.


At Casa Mono, Mario Batali takes tapas to a higher realm.

TV Notes

John Leonard reviews Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me, Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, and more.

The Week


In the space vacated by the short-lived Vanderbilt Station, Wolfgang Zweiger-who spent 40 years dishing steak at Peter Luger-strikes out on his own.

Matchstick Men on DVD

New this week: Matchstick Men, The Missing, Pieces of April, and more.

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