By Adam Sternbergh
When Colbert’s show debuted a year ago, it seemed like a daily faux-celebration of demagoguery, viciousness, stupidity, and dishonesty might be a bit of a narrow joke. But Washington politics seems to have followed his lead. These days it is reasonable to ask: Besides demagoguery, viciousness, stupidity, and dishonesty, what else is there to talk about?
Plus: “Stephen Colbert” offers some bipartisan advice on how to win in November, a midterm mudslinging scorecard, and Joshua Green on Karl Rove’s most trying hour.
A disgraced ex-dentist named Michael Mastromarino is charged with stealing bodies to harvest bones, skin, and other tissue to meet the growing demand for spare human parts. But the most shocking thing about this case is everything he did that’s legal.
Speed-dating is for wimps. Today, lonely and not-so-young- anymore urban professionals turn to speed-marriage. And then speed-pregnancy.
Ex-gov didn’t want to just read a “Top Ten List.”
Some friends scoff.
Ferrer, insurance man.
“Ripe fruit basket.”
Rupert Murdoch branches out to the outer boroughs.
It was a week filled with the supernatural.
Alexander Technique disciples want New Yorkers to straighten up.
Upstate Dems try to figure out a tasteful way to tag a GOP congressman with the Foley scandal.
New Evangelical video game meticulously re-creates the city so you can destroy it in a battle against the forces of darkness.
A canned beer that’s worth pouring, the next-generation flashlight, a new ball for the NBA, and more.
Q Adjarenimako of Todd Oldham by La-Z-Boy.
At J.Crew’s new kids’ store, the label’s signature prepster gear is shrunken for children.
How to spy—and not get spied upon.
Cousins en suite.
If only there were a less-unruly place than his new restaurant to enjoy Joël Robuchon’s brilliant cuisine.
Taïm’s spicy Moroccan carrots recipe.
For deliciously ostentatious swank that’s infinitely cheaper than a status handbag, you must try the $85 black-truffle pizza on the new “Brasserie” menu in the bar at Café Gray.
Week of October 16, 2006: Bedford Cheese Shop relocates, Urban Lobster, and Cobblestone Foods. Plus, how to find good eggs.
A panel of beer enthusiasts separates the delicious from the gimmicky.
Assessing expert property assessors.
The Culture Pages
A behind-the-scenes pictorial history of 40 years of authentically New York movies.
Michael Bennett’s A Chorus Line might be dated, and its revival unspectacular, but it’s still canonical.
Q&A with the Heartbreak House actress.
The story of Daniel Pearl and his kidnapper is as scary as most terror narratives but not as simple.
Q&A with the 30 Rock star.
A band of citizen critics takes on the hits, from Bob Dylan to Christina Aguilera and more.
Leave the rich girl alone. Music aside, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette is far from a royal disgrace.
Among the marvelous works of Robert Altman in that breathless stretch from M*A*S*H (1970) to Nashville (1975) is his gambling movie, California Split.
Pickup guru Neil Strauss surveys what he has wrought.
Q&A with the author of Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
The Times is walking eyes-wide-open into another mess in the Duke rape case.
The standouts from American Ballet Theatre’s City Center season, starting this week.
From Bryant Park Knits to Family Art Workshops.
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