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December 4, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

As burnout has been studied and probed since its coinage in the seventies, strange contradictions have been revealed about whom it strikes and why. Overwork is not the only concern, the young are more likely to feel depleted than the old, and working mothers may be most immune. Feeling better?


The Once and Future Kissinger

At the age of 83, Henry Kissinger is fighting another war. Only this time, he’s having a hard time articulating which side he’s on.

Bonfire of the Puggle

When a beloved pet goes missing, a Manhattan couple offers a $1,000 reward and an ex-con says he can lead them to their dog. They meet him outside a housing project at midnight, and the adventure begins.


Eliot Spitzer’s Comptrol Issues

The horse race to (possibly) replace Hevesi.

Blood on the Stage

Dylan union fight.

Andy’s Montauk Estate Finally Bought

The whole East End’s for sale!

Truffle Kerfuffle at Border

Busted by suspicious beagle.

Observer Kid to Shrink the Pink?

Cheaper, girlier as a tabloid.

Cold Comfort

With the mercury plummeting, the city bundled up for a frosty week.

Big Pimpin’ Grandmas

The Nets audition a troupe of old folks to grind to hip-hop during halftime (it’s not their favorite music).

Still Acting Up

Twenty years running the “gay Elks Lodge.”

Kazakh Couture: Very Nice

The recently maligned country struts its stuff at a fashion show in Manhattan. Furry hats are in!

Sketchy Café Society

The new faces of West Village quasi fame.


Best Bets

What parents need to survive a brand-new baby.


How to live as if it were the thirties, forties, and fifties, and three New Yorkers who actually do.


The H&M of shoes opens in Soho.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Jaki Batton of Burton Soho.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Look Book

A couple talks about their marriage of personal styles.


Exploring the Left Bank of the Hudson.

The Restaurant Review

Platt reviews a revamped Picholine.

Mr. Big Box

Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr invaded New York by spending $26 million on Morimoto and Buddakan. Now he’s been named Zagat’s Restaurateur of the Year.

In Season

How to make a fine salad of Asian pears.

Insatiable Critic Gael Greene

A serious chef reigns in the kitchen of the optimistically resurrected Russian Tea Room.

Restaurant Openings

Week of December 4, 2006: Pardo's, Nespresso Boutique Bar, Charles' Southern Style Kitchen, Da Enzo Ristorante.

Red Red Wine

Scientists claim that resveratrol— a minor component of red wine—turns mice into superathletes. Here's where to get your daily dose.

Real Estate

What bonus season will do for the market.

Live Like a Poet

He wasn’t quite the only poet left in Greenwich Village, but he may be the first (and last) one to have such a great apartment.

Triple Assessment

Four months after the owners put this co-op up for sale, it’s still a wallflower. Our panelists gave it a thumbs-up. So why won’t it sell?

The Culture Pages

The Baronessa’s Dream

A literary baroness and her Tuscan court.

The Movie Review

A wretched slasher flick with interesting geopolitical implications; remembering Robert Altman.

The DVD Filter

New on DVD this week: Clerks II, The Ant Bully, Superman Returns, Scoop, Azumi, and Pandora's Box.

Broadway Novelty: Duncan Sheik

Q&A with the Spring Awakening composer.

The Sex Symbol Who Showers in the Dark

A lunch with nervous genius Bill Nighy.

The Book Review

Thomas Pynchon—also a big-canvas guy.

The Art Review

Speaking of canvases, the Guggenheim celebrates the moody art of Spain.

The Approval Matrix

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


The Imperial City

Lou Dobbs, CNN’s merchant of outrage.

The Week

Life Begins at 35

Highlights from Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 35th anniversary celebration, where actors will be reading 35 new plays in 35 days.

Miracle on 95th Street

At the multigenre venue that is Symphony Space, December really could be the most wonderful time of the year.

A New Yorker’s View of the World, Revisited

Two museums and a gallery celebrate the master draftsman and illustrator Saul Steinberg.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Inscribed books make a way-better impression under the tree than usual—and Barnes & Noble knows it, which is why the signings proliferate come December.

Little House in the Big City

High-end real estate for tots.


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