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August 9, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

The Independent Republic of New York

The impending Republican invasion—and the prospect of four more years of red-state America—brings a persistent fantasy to the surface: Should New York secede from the Union? And what kind of a place would it be if we did?

Features

Father to Son: What I've Learned About Rage

The wise old man of campaigns and protest movements talks to his young activist son about the proper use of Bush hatred, which conspiracy theories to believe, why Donald Rumsfeld is the most impressive member of this administration, and how Kerry can win in November.

The Convert

When Mark Belnick, a onetime star litigator for Paul, Weiss, took a job as general counsel for Tyco, then threw over his Judaism for Opus Dei Catholicism, then traded his modest home in Harrison for a $5 million apartment on Central Park West and a $10 million ski house in Utah, his friends suspected a midlife crisis and prosecutors suspected something worse.

Departments

Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on The Metropolitan Museum's renovation, Governor Pataki, and more.

Smart City

Whining and Dining

Entertaining in a vegan-Atkins world

Red Best Bets

Marc Jacob Wellies, a Coach dog collar.

Knit Wit

Lucien Pellat-Finet’s quirky cashmeres warm up the West Village.

Face Value

A new $1 makeup line

Plus: sales at Erica Tanov, Catch A Fire Clothing by Cedella Marley, Lauren Merkin, Morgenthal Frederics Opticians, Loehmann, R 20th Century, Malia Mills, M.A.D. Women, Calypso, White+Warren, Boconcept of Manhattan, and Johnson

Cold Comfort

Putting the city’s coolest summertime soups to the taste test.

Intelligencer

Park Commission

Richard Meier's plans for Brooklyn, Aby Rosen buys another townhouse, Tom Colicchio loses chance to buy on Ninth Avenune, and Wafah bin Ladin at the Soho House.

In the Companies of Men

A rash of gender-discrimination suits suggests the Morgan Stanley payout may be only the beginning.

Google’s Oodles

Google.com is finally going public, with a possible valuation of $36 billion. How does that compare with some other figures?

Bush’s Champion

Don King on why blacks should vote Republican.

Columnists

Baby Bulls

Five promising stocks under the S&P 500 radar

Critics

Captive Audience

Why people are still talking about that Six Feet Under episode

Top Gunman

A trio of thrillers

Croak Classic

Despite Nathan Lane, Sondheim’s The Frogs croaks

California Dreaming

At the Whitney, Ed Ruscha’s pop homage to Los Angeles

Tower Records

MoMA QNS’s international skyscraper exhibition

Britishisms

The Royal Ballet’s rival finds the soul of Fred Ashton

High Fidelity

Elvis Costello in a classical mood at Lincoln Center

Top 5

A Williamsburg chef on raucous Ninth Avenue

The Week

New on DVD

Movies released on DVD this week include: 13 Going on 30, Hidalgo, Soul Plane, Pennies from Heaven, Elvis!, Knight Rider, The Krysztofkieslowski Collection II, Stage and Spectacle: Three Films by Jean Renoir

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Opening this week: Naidre's, Cacio E Pepe, Hummus Place, Rêve, and Monkey Royale. Plus, Gael Greene finds reality in the Hamptons and Craftbar gets sweet.

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