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January 18, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster

A candidate whose aides were prepared to block him from becoming president. A wife whose virtuous image was a mirage. A mistress with a video camera. In an excerpt from the new book Game Change—their sweeping account of the 2008 campaign—the authors reveal that, inside the Edwards triangle, nothing was too crazy to be true.
On the Cover: Mary Ann Chastain/AP (John Edwards); Raleigh News & Observer/MCT/Landov (Hunter); Matt Sayles/AP (Elizabeth Edwards)


Remembrances of the Punk Prose Poetess

Patti Smith, along with her friend Robert Mapplethorpe, lived a particular New York dream—the Chelsea Hotel, Max’s Kansas City, CBGB, superstardom—to the fullest. Now in a great new memoir, she tells it like it was.

A Homeless City in the Woods

A crusading minister has built a forested Utopia for the itinerant and destitute. But is a social experiment what they’re looking for, or just a place to live?

The Scripps Inheritance

The sad, eerie descent of publishing heiress Annie Morell Petrillo.


The Dollar Slice Is Back

A half dozen budget-pie joints are looking to undersell the Joes and Rays of the world.

Harlem Lullaby

The death of Percy Sutton marks the passing of a pioneering era in New York.

Sunday Guilt

Conscience collides with NFL fandom.

The Casey Johnsons I Have Known

What I learned from ten years of covering the wreckage of the beau monde for “Page Six.”

52 Minutes With Paul Bettany

The evolution of the actor who can’t find God, plays Darwin, and put on 45 extra pounds without his wife, Jennifer Connelly, noticing.

Mary J. Blige, Steak-Loving Soul Diva, Really “Vomited” That ‘Precious’ Song

The pop diva discusses contributing to the Precious soundtrack.


Best Bets

Printed wayfarers, a discounted designer chair, and more.

The Look Book

"I once won honorable mention for a poem I wrote about the Statue of Liberty."

The Restaurant Review

At Maialino, Danny Meyer brings a taste of Trastevere to Gramercy Park.

In Season

It’s root-vegetable season, and if that doesn’t make you want to clap your hands and jump up and down, the so-called Gilfeather turnip might.

Restaurant Openings

RBC NYC, Choptank, Colicchio & Sons, and more.

The Most Micro of Brews

New home-brew suppliers and classes make fermenting a keg-quality IPA in your closet that much simpler.

50 Steps to Simple Happiness

From eating Greek yogurt to chatting up strangers, some suggestions for regular daily contentment.

Moving to the Bright Side

Six people who’ve traded up, saved a fortune, or finally gotten away from a nightmarish roommate.


Different Stroke

Julian Casablancas is still New York’s definitive (if somewhat wearier) rock star.

The Movie Review

Fish Tank’s working-class lass never turns into a plucky cliché. Plus: Michael Cera, sex machine?

Aliens and Ear Worms on the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Avatar has proved Curve-proof.

Bad to the Bone

The longtime friendship behind the rusty twang of Crazy Heart.

The Classical Music Review

Justin Davidson on the Metropolitan Opera's Carmen.

The TV Review

Family values get upended (and sometimes obliterated) on four smart shows.

The Natural

How Andy Cohen became Bravo’s face.

A Titanic Star: Victor Garber

Q&A with Victor Garber on his role in the revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter.


Out of the Frying Pan

Charles Gabriel hosts Fried Chicken Fridays at Aretsky’s Patroon.


Comments: Week of January 18, 2010

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