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January 21, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Peace and Quiet

New York isn’t exactly the first city that springs to mind as the place to find peace and quiet. But you can find literal and metaphorical silence without leaving the cacophonous city. What's it's like to be a single-person religious order; a roster of serene locales; relaxation tips from some of the most stressed-out workers; the benefits and absurdities of chanting; and more.


Lord of These Things

Does sensible technocrat Jeff Bewkes have the solution for Time Warner’s problems?

The Liman Identity

Before he was the Bourne director, Doug Liman was the son of a New York legend.


Hollywood’s Gotta Sundance!

Writers’ strike has moguls tripping the light desperate.

Naked, Dead & Back to the Big Screen

Mailer-Kerry ’08!

Thoroughly Modern Kathy?

If Lowry goes to the Met…

Boykin’s Got a Builder for Artsy Xanadu

Loves the playas.

Murder Most Owl in Central Park

Poisoned. Rats!

It Happened Last Week

A resurgent Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only one who felt like having a good cry last week.

The Aristocrat

Philippe de Montebello’s triumph of strategic snobbery.

The Power of Zhlub

Goose Gossage is a regular guy who did one thing well.

Not-So-E-Z Pass

New Jersey and you: Pricey together.


Back to the Front

John McCain isn’t any good at being a front-runner, but the mainstream GOP may—finally—need him.

The Bad-Mommy Brigade

Britney goes to the psych ward, and mothers everywhere secretly rejoice.


Floral Excess

Suddenly, solid colors don’t seem so exciting, do they?

This Belt Is $18,000

The annals of excess.

inca Opens on Lexington Avenue

Where bikinis and cover-ups are year-round essentials.

Nazgol Jahan, Jewelry Specialist

"My family are jewelers, so I grew up in that world."

Restaurant Review

A West Village anti–wine bar breaks away from the panini pack.

In Season Recipe

In the depths of winter, citrus fruits are more than just a ray of sunshine—they’re a godsend.

Insatiable Critic

If there is cachet in having an entrance the average Mensa candidate can’t find, Dovetail has it.

Restaurant Openings

Persephone and Greene Grape Provisions.

Harlem’s Other Half

East Harlem’s pricing catches up with the rest of upper Manhattan’s.


David Mamet’s Election Season

The playwright on Hillary, corruption, and our democracy’s saving grace.

The Movie Review

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days looks back in anger at Romania’s dead-soul past.

Three Questions for Jess Weixler

Star of Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Teeth.

Park City, New York

A selective sampling of the New Yorkers barnstorming the festival this year.

How I Made It: Michel Gondry

At Sundance, aspiring auteurs will swarm the ceaselessly inventive director Michel Gondry.

The Theater Review

The Little Mermaid is such a splashy bore, you’ve got to wonder: Was The Lion King just a fluke?

How ‘The 39 Steps’ Went From Tense British Thriller to Broadway Comedy

The journey of John Buchan's novel to the screen and the stage.

Is This Book Worth Getting?

A no-frills guide to new books by writers who’ve won big awards in the past.

J’accuser: Lee Siegel

It’s been more than a year since Lee Siegel was temporarily suspended from The New Republic.

High Schools These Days

The broke chemistry teacher in Breaking Bad turns out to be pretty handy in a meth lab.

The Approval Matrix: Week of January 21, 2008

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


The Fab Four Times Three

An all-Beatles day.


Comments: January 21, 2008

Readers sound off on "Rich Kid Syndrome," sex offenders, and more.

Artifact: Made in America

Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.

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