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November 15, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Tangled Up in Blue

The election was a staggering blow to the city’s self-image and national power.


In Bush II, the Only Thing (Well, One of the Only Things) New York Has to Fear Is Fear Itself

New York is a national capital again.

The Gathering Darkness of the Blue State of Mind

Even before Election Day, I’d been experiencing uncharacteristic twinges of optimism.

Learning to Live With a Bush Dynasty, in Five Uneasy Stages

The five stages of learning to live with Bush (again).

MoveOn and ACT: A Movement in Search of Its Next Cause

Here’s the real agony: New York money, sweat, and political muscle played more of a role in this election than in any in recent memory—and even that wasn’t enough.

What the Democrats Missed at the Populist Revolution

What the DNC must learn from Rove.

The Coney Island Kid

Brooklyn basketball prodigy Sebastian Telfair is hoops royalty. Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury is his cousin. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated while he was still in high school and partied with Jay-Z on draft night. Now he’s a rookie in the NBA. He’s already got fame and a shoe deal—but this season will tell if he’s really got game.

Sins of the Son

AIG’s Hank Greenberg was perhaps the most brilliant insurance executive of his time. And his eldest son, Jeffrey, was the heir apparent. Then Jeffrey’s college-dropout younger brother usurped his role as favorite son. Jeffrey escaped to Marsh & McLennan, and prospered—until he became the first victim of Eliot Spitzer’s takedown of the insurance industry. The family drama behind the corporate fall.


Best Bet

Pricey but pilgrimage-worthy Indian jewelry, plus . . .


Amy Sohn on picking up people on the street

The Look Book

Josh Miller, Commercial Director

Market Research

Fridges, from candy red to cable-ready


Affordable massages

The Annotated Store

Secrets of Chanel’s redesigned flagship

Real Estate

The Houses at Sagaponac begin to move

Shop news

Store openings this week

Ask a Shop Clerk

William Nelson, Sean John

The Best Seller

Igor frames by ic! berlin, $350

Sales & Bargains: This week's hottest sales & bargains

Dinner and a Show

Cooking-themed theater productions are all the rage, but nothing compares to the drama of a bustling open kitchen at a real restaurant. Plus, you get to eat the props.

Flu Fighters

Who needs a flu shot when you’ve got world-class chicken soup?

Holiday Food ’04

A menu of holiday-entertaining ideas sure to make the season more pleasant.

Farm Fresh

Pasture-raised turkey and all the traditional fixings from Blue Hill’s Dan Barber

Let Daniel Be the Judge

Three brave amateur cooks compete to impress one scary arbiter: Daniel Boulud

Lovely Pairs

Fantasy menus from the city’s top chefs, with wines from top sommeliers to match


Intelligencer Gossip

Plus, NYC Dems take a hit, FAO's secret, sushi style, and MoMA's ghost.

Exit Kerry

Exit poll: Love for Hillary, hate for Hillary

War Tourist

An Iraqi translator comes to New York.

The Anti-Cupid

Caped avenger stalks singles scene

Talk Droop

Just because John McEnroe’s CNBC talk show has earned 0.0 ratings doesn’t mean it doesn’t need someone to watch it.

Underground Voices

“Panic control” is key in MTA staffers’ speech training.

Oh, Canada

Advice for the Canada-bound


The Bottom Line

A dirt-cheap IPO boom


Murder, sex, weasels, and more at the Pelosi trial.

The Culture Pages

Boy, Interrupted

Johnny Depp’s dangerous flirtation with the Establishment

Movie Review

In Kinsey, Liam Neeson humanizes the iconic sex researcher

Finding Neverland reviewed

Johnny Depp as a sweet man trapped in a loveless marriage.

Q&A with Don Mancini

The Seed of Chucky director on one of the strangest sequels ever.

The Polar Express reviewed

Strap yourself in and try not to vomit, because this is more of a theme-park event than a movie.

Noel reviewed

Five heartbroken and lonely New Yorkers somehow get chatty and find each other on Christmas Eve.

Overnight reviewed

This jittery documentary is as raw as the filmmakers’ rattled nerves.


What the audience really thought about The Grudge

Television Review

Fox’s rote, yet superb medical drama

Category 6: Day of Destruction reviewed

Category 6 has a sort of raffish zombie charm, like the Chicago streets after the 1968 convention.

The Persuaders reviewed

Its ultimate triumph will be to brainwash us.

Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq reviewed

The documentary inspired by a series of articles on the Times’ op-ed page.

Theater Review

Russian Jews move to Texas, bearing bananas and corny lyrics, in The Immigrant.

Gimmick Theater Through The Ages

Six performances.

Book Review

Inside the New York Times’ rocky year

The Bumpy Ride From The Nanny Diaries to Citizen Girl

A seven step fall from success.

Classical Music Review

Charles Wuorinen’s operatic adaptation of Salman Rushdie

Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 reviewed

This behemoth strikes me as Mahler’s most ungainly and least persuasive symphonic work.

Q&A with John Adams

Composer And Curator Of The “In Your Ear” Festival At Carnegie Hall.

Popular Music Review

Prince Paul’s quirky rap

Living Things; Kimi Ga Suki reviewed

Matthew Sweet is one of those artists who labor under a burden of their own making: a great album.

Ask a Store Clerk

Craig Willingham, Music Manager At Mondo Kim’s

Q&A with James Murphy

DFA Records Co-Owner, Producer, Bandleader

Art Review

The Mona Lisa of presidential portraits

Who Bought David Opdyke's Oil Empire and Why?

The Week

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