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November 10, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Live Cheap

Thrifty tips on pursuing a happy city life without getting yourself pursued by collection services: How to save $61 on a steak dinner, $1,565 on a year of coffee, $209,000 on a mortgage, and more.

Features

The Dr. Maddow Show

The secret to the success of a wonky lesbian pundit with no TV experience? A Ph.D. from Oxford, a dry sense of humor, and the ability to be nice to Pat Buchanan.

Mercenary for Justice

Pro-life zealot James Kopp murdered an upstate abortion doctor in 1998. And he might well have escaped the FBI if not for an informant whose desire for the big reward money led him to betray a lifelong friend. In the following chronicle, the informant tells his story for the first time, offering the inside account of how the abortion war’s most notorious assassin was finally taken down.

Intelligencer

Why’d Mike Refuse to Endorse?

McCain, Obama pursued his promised favor, to no avail.

Own a Francis Bacon? We’ll Pay You $$!

Sotheby’s, lender of last resort.

Simon’s Mom Isn’t Shocked by Box

Den (of iniquity) mother.

Howard Dean, Live Onstage?

No way, says Trippi.

Jean-Georges to Go ‘Vert’

Easy as ABC.

Snyder’s Slam Is a Crock, Journo Says

A judge’s revenge?

It Happened Last Week

The presidential campaign ticked its final minutes last week.

New Museum’s New Frontier

Elizabeth Peyton's portrait of Michelle and Sasha Obama will go up if Barack wins.

Remember the Sheriff?

A.G. Eliot Spitzer nearly arrested the subprime crisis.

Recession Index

Unemployment is up, your 401(k) is down. A numeric summary of our troubled times.

One-Party Rule in Albany: A Checklist

Here’s what Democrats say they want to get done if they win the state senate.

No Red Dawn for Ratner

It looks like Bruce Ratner isn’t going to get an overseas bailout.

Columns

I, Bloomberg

The city’s mayors inevitably tend toward the imperial and autocratic. Why did we think this one would be different?

2012? You Betcha!

And she’ll be a stronger candidate than you think. Does Sarah Palin have Reagan potential?

Strategist

Not Just for Golf Pants

The formerly preppy pattern, repurposed.

The Look Book

“I’d like to wear purple-and-silver gym clothes all day.”

A Local Thanksgiving

A soup-to-nuts plan for a homegrown holiday meal.

Culture

Southern Gothic

William Eggleston is even more colorful than his groundbreaking photographs.

The Movie Review

The documentary Dear Zachary is one of the most disturbing films of the year. Plus, Swedish vampires!

‘JCVD’: ‘Synecdoche’ for Dummies

Interested in Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York but worried you might not be smart enough?

Agent of Change

Marc Forster was a surprising choice to direct Bond, and he may be the most subversive yet.

The Ditmas Park Crew

A group of classically trained musicians is remaking pop in their own image.

The Art Review

Giorgio Morandi found himself in his vessels and vases.

The Theater Review

Raúl Esparza steals the show in Speed-the-Plow.

Inside Man: John Gallagher Jr.

The Tony Award–winning star of Spring Awakening spoke to Boris Kachka about trading rock for evil.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 10, 2008

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

Agenda

The Great Indoors

Fabulous winter shows and a ship.

Fish, Not on Friday

Summer might be over, but the fish-shack tradition is alive at the Mermaid Inn.

Departments

Comments: Week of November 10, 2008

Readers sound off on the art market, the goals of an Obama presidency, and more.

Artifact: Free-Market Meat Market

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

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