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February 5, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

The Loneliest President

What’s going on in there? A team of historians, Oval Office veterans, and psychotherapists tries to figure out whether Bush is depressed or delusional—and what combination of poor parenting and personality disorders brought things to this point.
Plus: Bush on the Couch
Writers and pundits analyze the president.


Even Bitches Have Feelings

Behind the scenes of the infamous editrix’s last days at HarperCollins, from the knives-out corporate power struggle what ended with her firing to the O.J. book disaster that had surprisingly little to do with it.

The Cardinal’s Sins

Edward Egan, John O’Connor’s successor as the head of the New York archdiocese, has been fiscally responsible, administratively dutiful—and the target of a stunning insurrection by his priests.


Travelin’, Grievin’ WTC Memorial Carnival

Step right up! Autograph a gen-u-ine steel beam!

Advertisements for a Gay Self

Mailer thinks pink.

Mass Delusion Grips Shrink Convo

Waldorf hysteria.

Blinded by the Whitney’s Light

Revved up on Madison.

City Council Gets a Bit Pissy

Over new sidewalk pissoirs.

Not in Kansas

Senator Hillary Clinton’s disclosure that The Wizard of Oz was one of her three favorite movies set the week’s tone in the Emerald City.

Prattle à Porter

Just in time for Fashion Week: a runway exposé.

Generation W

Students who came of age during the Bush administration respond to the State of the Union, with help from William Safire and Ted Sorensen.

The Bookie Is a Luddite

Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest gambling day of the year. But, one bookie says, the betting business just isn’t the same anymore. Blame the internet.

The Jack & Suzy Show

Jeff Zucker probably wouldn’t still have his job if Jack Welch were still running GE, and other postretirement revelations.


Best Bets

The new iteration of an elegant pool hall and other winter spots for indoor recreation.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Peter Neville of Tent & Trails.

Shop News

Store openings this week.


Where to go in South Harlem; housing bargains on CPN.

Look Book

A punk-inspired jewelry designer heading to sushi lunch with her preschooler.

Underground Gourmet Review

A rockin’ burger in an unlikely location.

In Season

How to make a meatball slider.

Insatiable Critic

Gael Greene reviews Hurapan Kitchen.

Restaurant Openings

Week of Feb. 5, 2007: Dieci, The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Café, Retsina Elliniko Estiatorio, Ostia, and Max.


New York City food news.

Taste Test: Hot Chocolate

There's hot chocolate, and there’s hot chocolate. Here are the city’s best, in order.

Dippity Do

Get out your snowflake sweater and giant après-ski boots—it’s fondue season.

Great Room

A loft carved out from an old cardboard factory to showcase a splendid personal art collection.

Real Estate

The pros and cons of Jersey’s “Gold Coast”.

Donna Karan’s Interior Life

Is Donna Karan moving to the financial district?

The Open-House Log

What prospective buyers thought of 457 West 57th Street, Apartment 1602.

The Culture Pages

What’s in the Box?

Simon Hammerstein, would-be impresario of Lower East Side “dinner theater.”

The Movie Review

A thriller set in Iraq takes a dull stab at relevancy.

The Critic and the Producer

Arguing over Babel and other Oscar controversies.

The Pop Music Review

Paul Weller, underrated icon.

On the Tracks

A track-by-track breakdown of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s diverse second album.

Head Case: David Byrne

Q&A with the world-music advocate, sometime filmmaker, indie-rock godfather, and blogger extraordinaire.

The TV Review

A David Spade vehicle that’s the nadir of televised pessimism about marriage.

Bad Girls

Don’t imagine you are tuning in to The L Word behind bars. Bad Girls is much better than that—it has a rough Oz edge and some of the feminist wit of Jonathan Demme’s Caged Heat.

The Supreme Court

This thoughtful, earnest, and perhaps a shade too on-the-one-hand, on-the-other mini-series, escorting us with many a wise talking head emphasizes one irony while ignoring another.

Tune In to the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Just as your disappointment fades over last fall’s new shows (Standoff), here come the midseason premieres to re-stoke your excitement.

The Theater Review

So-so production for a baroquely eloquent Irish play.

The Approval Matrix

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



What the Hamptons dolphins spectacle said about us.

The Week

The Power of Three

A trio of engaging works—two friendship dramas and one musical about a remarkable public figure—premiere at Emerging Artists Theatre’s Triple Threat festival.

An Hour in Chelsea

When it’s windy and icy, it’s best to look for three strong shows within two blocks.

Premier Premieres

It’s always a small thrill to be the first to hear a new work—especially when it looks to be genuinely good.

Out of the Ashes

Eighth-grade novelist takes flight.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on warm weather in New York, artist Dash Snow, inner peace, and more.

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