Conan O’Brien is the tall, lanky embodiment of New York comedy—smart, self-deprecating, and weird. A look at the man who built his career on the absurd and the obscure as he gears up to enter the living rooms of Middle America.
Some people get rich and become philanthropists. Some get rich and go into politics. But Mike Bloomberg has done both—and wields his charitable donations like disbursements from a shadow city agency. Is this really how government should work?
Today’s protest movement is as haunted by Vietnam as the war it is now protesting. But today’s activists are different from their forebears. Their pitch is Oprah-perfect, they are pragmatic, and they already have public opinion—and political reality—on their side.
The Naked Chef does school lunches, showgirls with sock puppets, Dave Eggers as required reading, and more.
The city seemed to enter a judgmental mood, meting out chastisement to some while showing surprising leniency toward others.
Joseph Wood’s journey from Iraq to Parsons.
Are limousine liberals really willing to get in the backseat of a battery-powered Toyota? Graydon Carter says ‘sure’—if only they had more legroom.
Civil war breaks out among the summering big shots at East Hampton’s preeminent synagogue over whether to keep its charismatic chief rabbi.
Spooky lamps, a Nike Air dress shoe, and other hot buys.
Store openings this week.
Jill Alexander of Tory by TRB.
Sales & Bargains
This week's hottest sales & bargains.
An experimental folk-rocker with a passive shopping technique.
From the catwalk to the closet: the trends for next season.
Nobu 57 exhibits all the symptoms of brand fatigue.
A recipe for Thai chile lime sauce.
Give me a new reason to Go downtown.
Week of Sept. 26, 2005: Bar Carrera, Fatty Crab, and Camino Sur.
Is it worth waiting in the city’s longest food lines?
The Lower East Side is awash in brine.
Break out the lederhosen—it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest.
Are we all wannabe players waiting for the right seduction technique to come along?
Previously dedicated urbanites reconsider New Rochelle.
The Culture Pages
Jenny Holzer, who has had her sloganeering installations knocked off by Madison Avenue for years, is back with the real thing.
Buffy guru Joss Whedon’s sci-fi epic scores.
Critic's picks for the 2005 New York Film Festival.
Capote adeptly dramatizes the selfishness at the heart of journalism.
Q&A with the filmmaker.
Newcomer Rolin Jones’s play about robots turns out to be a hilarious and sensitive look at family life.
The evening's real charm lies in its spontaneity, the sense that the actors might say or do anything, at any time.
A billowing landscape of silk and wind, and dances that defy gravity.
After a season of shows based on the back catalogues of Elvis and John Lennon, this year’s musical-makers are borrowing from the greatest stories ever told.
The surprisingly rabble-rousing poetry from teen star Amber Tamblyn.
The lowdown on Rick Moody’s new novel.
From banned book to celebrated literature in seven steps.
A new exhibit of Russian art seems to have been neutered by the powerful groups that backed it.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
Will Jeff Zucker lose his job? Not a chance. The better question is whether he’ll end up as CEO.
What the country needs now is a genuine brawl over a Supreme Court nomination. Really.
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