In New York, reverence for Barack Obama has long been approaching the level of worship, and last week’s spontaneous eruption over his election had the feel of an ecstatic religious celebration. But the peculiar thing about this faith is that it is rooted in a belief above all in reason—and underlying all the excitement on the streets was the wonder of what it might be like to belong to a reality-based nation again.
On the Cover: Grace Isabela Mills, born at Lenox Hill Hospital on November 4, 2008 at 5:34 p.m. Photograph by Fiona Aboud for New York Magazine.
Malcolm Gladwell’s elegant and wildly popular theories about modern life have turned his name into an adjective—Gladwellian! But in his new book, he seeks to undercut the cult of success, including his own, by explaining how little control we have over it.
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Breaking through the polarized ceiling.
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No fear in Il Bordello.
As President-elect Obama addressed the nation, New York erupted in celebration.
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Finally, an end to the myth that being bookish means you’re “acting white.”
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One-party rule threatened by Democratic insurrection.
A numeric summary of our troubled times.
He won by being No Drama Obama. Should he now stir some up?
Warm the extremities with the latest crop of winter gloves.
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"In this economy, you have to be creative."
Ryan Skeen gives Irving Mill a pork makeover.
Despite its Superfood status, broccoli is not an easy sell.
The Place: The Hill, a new sports bar in Murray Hill.
The Mission: Talk to every football fan in the house.
Super-luxury buyers slam on the brakes—at least for a moment.
Danny Boyle’s new film, a Hindi love story made for peanuts, could be 2008’s best picture.
Slumdog Millionaire will get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. But what of the other four slots?
Daniel Craig’s 007 needs an injection of bon vivant. Plus, a splendidly dark Christmas tale.
Anthony Stewart Head clearly appreciates a cult following.
Comedian Chris Lilley is a big star down under. Up here, HBO is hoping he translates.
Look at those curves! Who wouldn’t want a one-night stand with the Guggenheim?
Roberto Bolaño’s brilliant, messy everything novel.
Douglas Cuomo draws on ethnic musics of every variety—with a mongrel result.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
Paper dolls, meet fashion-forward kids.
The Spotted Pig is a hard act to follow.
We remember New York TV critic John Leonard, and readers sound off on the election.
Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.
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