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February 15, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The Red Carpet Campaign

The lead-up to the Academy Awards has many of the dynamics of a presidential race (if the entire race took place in a town of about 5,700 people), complete with primaries, insurgencies, make-it-or-break-it speeches, nervous handlers, and cash. And, just like campaigns where something actually important is at stake, nothing matters more than hammering a clear narrative into the minds of the few undecided voters who can sway the election. By Mark Harris
On the Cover: Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe for New York Magazine.

Features

Is Democracy Killing Democracy?

The founding fathers saw this coming, but the walls they erected to contain the mob may no longer hold.

Anchor Down

For NY1’s Dominic Carter, just out of jail for abusing his wife, the past is gruesome prologue.

Intelligencer

Fracking Water

The city’s water comes from the largest unfiltered system in the country thanks to pristine sources upstate. But for how long?

Why Bother With the Olympics?

Obscure, unpopular sports will never change the world.

Tell All

The “unit cohesion” fable.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Bank & Trust

Ford-driving plutocrats jump Chuck’s wagon.

183 Minutes With Heidi Rodewald and Stew

They were a couple when they wrote Passing Strange, but split up before it got to Broadway.

Art Curator Shaq Is His Own Masterpiece

Shaquille O’Neal is curating “Size DOES Matter” at the Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea.

Strategist

Best Bets

An uptown store with an odd name, more room for men at Hermès, and more.

The Restaurant Review

Tipsy Parson, the latest entry in the southern-fried restaurant craze, lacks sizzle.

In Season

Chef Neil Ferguson tempers the black radish’s characteristic bite in a rich, creamy gratin.

The Urban Forager: Bakery Edition

Bklyn Larder launches a line of in-house sweets.

Restaurant Openings

Week of February 15, 2010: Bistro Vendôme.

One-Stop Meatball Shopping

An old food gets a new stage.

A Fresh Hell

With new developments pulling in a younger, hipper crowd, Hell’s Kitchen now belies its name.

Culture

Our Valentine Gift to You

The delectable charm and erotic pleasure of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

The Art Review

In Tino Sehgal’s work, the viewer gains unexpected power.

Looking for a Fight

Alison Pill on playing Annie Sullivan–fiercely.

The Human Shuffle

Is ChatRoulette the future of the Internet or its distant past?

The TV Review

As Lost enters its final season, a fan worries she’s lost her faith.

Agenda

Top Pies

What is it about a celebrity chef slumming it that makes otherwise savvy diners lose their minds?

Departments

Comments: Week of February 15, 2010

Readers sound off on beef jerky, werewolves, and more.

Approval Matrix: Week of February 15, 2010

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

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