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August 21, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

What If 9/11 Never Happened?

Andrew Sullivan sends dispatches from an even scarier world. Plus: musings on war with China, peace with Iran, success for the London plotters, and more could-have-beens from Thomas L. Friedman, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Frank Rich, Tom Wolfe, and others.

Also: Everyday items recovered from the wreckage of the Trade Center. Photographs by Sivan Lewin.
Eight 9/11 survivors discuss what they’ve gotten over, and what they never will.


The Angriest Auteur

Spike Lee and his wellborn wife spend half of their time in Manhattan apartments, Caribbean vacation spots, and four-star restaurants with fellow members of the black elite. So how does he summon the outrage to spend the rest of his time giving people hell?

Big Man on Camp

A 48-year-old returns to his summer camp looking for revenge and finds an alien landscape of positive reinforcement, camaraderie, and tolerance whose only common ground with the humiliating arena of his youth is the presence of bug juice.


Is Parsons the New Bloomberg?

Plans afoot to be the next moderate Republican media baron turned mayor.

Society Welcomes Boy Publisher

He’s Ally-Sheedy-famous now.

Frey’s Back Writing Catalog Copy

Catch his new stuff—it’s fiction for real this time!—at 57th Street art gallery.

Et Tu, Mulberry? Arboreal Scandal

Shakespeare tree a fraud.

Martha Stewart Exec’s Stripping Biz

He’s making money at it!


It was an extraordinary week for attempts at self-­reinvention.

Hot Spots

An illegal eBay for parking spaces?

Can Tasini Pull a Lamont?

Underdog Hillary challenger thinks so, even if nobody else does; in basement HQ, he wonders why voters don’t see the parallels with Lieberman.

Bohemian Boot Camp

Being an artist in New York is no picnic. Creative Capital takes them upstate to teach them to survive.

They Built This City

Would construction workers actually want to work in all these buildings they’re putting up?

Arm Go Bragh

How a 218-year-old Irish boxer’s petrified remains came to Midtown.

Tea Party

A stinky drink for Hollywood yogis.


Look Book

An architect and proud “Urban Nerd”.

Underground Gourmet

From the name on down, Food keeps things admirably simple.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of August 21, 2006: Province, Roll and Dough, Boqueria, Subtle Tea, and Macchiato Espresso Bar.

Best Bets

A swanky raincoat, a sophisticated duster, and more hot buys.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Anya Nordeen of Girlshop.

Insatiable Critic Gael Greene

A duo of fine-dining veterans have created an imperative year-round destination on Long Island.

SoHell Map

Forty things to do, see, and eat, in the up-and-coming South Hell’s Kitchen hood.

Real Estate

The true tale of cats inheriting a Queens apartment.

The Culture Pages

Burning Down the House

Junior rock band Care Bears on Fire puts a new spin on the playdate.


Bridging the gap between dancer and conductor.

Book Review

The futility of analyzing the New York friendship scene.

TV Review

Three sharp documentaries tackle catastrophe and its aftermath.

Tune In to the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Now that TV’s leaked onto the Internet (and vice versa), high hopes for a new series can be dashed even before the show premieres.

The Approval Matrix

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

The Week

On the Fringe

More Fringe Fest picks: four new plays and musicals from this week’s Off-Off extravaganza.

Taming a Raucous Circus

Spiegeltent goes multigenerational.

Dancing on the Edge

The Fringe Festival isn’t all about theater.

An Afternoon in the Hudson Valley

Given that everyone in the art world goes to the country at this time of year, why shouldn’t you?



How 9/11 grief became co-opted, sentimentalized, and made dangerous.


August 21, 2006

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