The president’s cool and his advisers’ skill at building his serene
image have created a power vacuum in Washington. The next
hundred days will be a crucial test: Can he shed his brand, alienate the
public, and by doing so become a great president? By John Heilemann
On the Cover: Urethane shadow portrait by Michael Murphy.
A volume big and obsessive enough to contain Stanley Kubrick’s never-made masterpiece, Napoleon.
Just how pro-choice is America, really?
The evangelical Christian preacher says the secular holy trinity of money, ambition, and achievement is the root of all evil. So why are so many New Yorkers flocking to him?
The potential effects of the United Homeless Organization scandal.
When even Louisiana is better run than New York State, what’s next? California, here we come.
America’s medieval new U.N. mission.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
The artist painted the town—from Times Square to the Whitney. But the town he painted is gone.
Williams is best known as Omar, the gay stickup man he played on The Wire.
As in Matt Holliday, the free-agent slugger—the Yankees ought to renounce sentimentality and break out the bills for him.
Sparkly party décor, nongeneric wrapping paper, and more.
“I love putting accessories on the outside of my body to look good, but I practice yoga for the inside.”
Two wrestling-themed taquerias enter the Manhattan arena.
With Christmas and Hanukkah looming, you could probably use a drink.
Week of December 7, 2009: The Loading Dock and The Norry at Kampuchea.
A change of imported-chocolate regimes at a Park Avenue boutique, just in time for the holidays.
The celebrated chef goes from out of the tabloid fire and back to selling frying pans (and opening restaurants).
Three gift-rich neighborhoods where checking off the list doesn’t even require a MetroCard.
Going electric was one thing. But going Andy Williams?
Ha Jin’s new stories go where the new immigrants do: Flushing’s Chinatown.
Every star of Jim Sheridan’s Brothers outdoes expectations.
At just 26, Donald Glover is a YouTube sensation and has a role on NBC’s Community.
Harry Benson got shots you just don’t see anymore.
Fela! can get even a staid Broadway audience shaking its hips. Plus: Kenneth Lonergan’s midlife crisis.
Judith Jamison on her twentieth (and last) year as the empress of Alvin Ailey.
Birdbath’s Maury Rubin is putting the finishing touches on the third branch of his “green bakery.”
Readers sound off on AIG bonuses and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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