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March 29, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The O in Network

Just when Oprah was ready to give up her talk-show throne, a new opportunity presented itself: the chance to launch her own 24-hour channel. But can one work without the other?
On the Cover: Photo-illustration by Darrow.

Features

My First New York

Excerpted from My First New York, Nora Ephron, Ashley Dupré, and others share their early days.

What If Women Ran Wall Street?

Testosterone and risk.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Next Republican President

Kelsey Grammer is a fervent conservative, recovering cocaine addict, and paranormal enthusiast who just might run for office. (Politicians have had more baroque baggage.) But first he’s playing gay on Broadway.

Intelligencer

Tunapocalypse

Bluefin tuna—rich, fat-marbled, delicious for sushi—is floundering.

Long Island Mad Man

Ex-Democrat Steve Levy is the angry new face of the New York Republicans.

Jihad Wannabes

The rise of the Walter Mitty radical.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

After the Blood on the Tracks

Motormen’s lament.

349 Minutes With Lorin Stein

Toasting the macho-nerd new editor of The Paris Review, a dapper, Schwinn-riding, headcheese-loving Francophone.

Anne Bass and the Cambodian Ballerino

In 2000, philanthropist Anne Bass was on a trip to Cambodia with the World Monuments Fund when she saw Sokvannara “Sy” Sar dance.

Columns

Parting the Waters

The path to peace leads right through the murk of East Jerusalem. But it just got a little clearer.

Strategist

The Best Bet

Authentic clay rice bowls from China, a colorful coat rack, and more.

The Look Book

"My fashion sense is generally influenced by my environment...When I wake up in the morning, I gravitate toward black."

Meter Beaters

To limit your orange-envelope exposure, consider these apps, loopholes, and ticket-contesting techniques. And do try to be nice to the meter reader.

Underground Gourmet Review

A pair of tiny sandwich shops make a big impression.

In Season Recipe

March is high season for New York and Vermont sugar-makers, who tap maples for the sap that they boil down into syrup.

Restaurant Openings

Week of March 29, 2010: 5 & Diamond, 6th St Kitchen, and Fatty ’Cue.

The Eighteen-Year, Nine-Restaurant Road to a Cookbook

The Bromberg brothers of Blue Ribbon late-night and raw-bar fame publish their first cookbook next month. What took so long? They’ve been busy.

Anxiety in Scarano-Land

The besieged architect Robert Scarano designed thousands of apartments. What do you do if you bought one?

Culture

Her Kooky Destiny

As Morticia Addams, Bebe Neuwirth is hoping for a perfect fit.

The Movie Review

Two films, Vincere and Greenberg, lay bare the emotional destruction of hideous men.

From Yemen to Soho: New Directors Worth a Look

No New York festival introduces excellent filmmakers more consistently than MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “New Directors/New Films.”

A Conversation With Jules Feiffer

In his new memoir, the artist credits “lack of talent” for his success.

The TV Review

The dazzling structural experiments of Damages and Caprica.

The Ascent of Jesse Pinkman

How Aaron Paul saved his life on Breaking Bad.

Beethoven’s Kapow

Can Ivan Fischer put the shock back into “Eroica”?

Agenda

Give a Hoot

After a fire ravaged the kitchen at the Brooklyn Star last month, several businesses have banded together to lend support.

Departments

Comments: Week of March 29, 2010

Readers sound off on the Cheneys, plastic surgery, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 29, 2010

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

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