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April 5, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Growing Up Gaga

Was the world’s biggest pop star born or made? Consider the various identities assumed and discarded by Stefani Germanotta, onetime Catholic-school theater chick, on her way to becoming the magnificent “Poker Face” fame-creature that you see today.
On the Cover: Lady Gaga as a young girl at the piano. Photography by Splash News.

Features

Divorced, Never Separated

Two decades after a divorce, hedge-fund superpower Steve Cohen thought he could live happily ever after with his new wife and Greenwich mansion and $6.4 billion. But that wasn’t the ending to the fairy tale his first wife had in mind.

The Magician of Meat

And now Pat LaFrieda will pull a brisket-chuck blend out of his hat.

Intelligencer

The Stone-Eating Worms

The Second Avenue subway project has inconvenienced many, but things could be worse.

Obama and Thou

The president’s negotiating style was more Martin Buber than LBJ, says Dennis Kucinich.

Taj Banal

Big, glassy Trump tower too aloof to spoil Soho.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

You’ve Got Mail

Inside a top college’s admissions room.

49 Minutes With Maria Bartiromo

A ride in the Escalade of CNBC’s top-rated anchor who’s still running faster than the other kids.

Marshall Brickman Hopes for a Lucky Typhoon

Why he hopes his The Addams Family musical will make people laugh.

Columns

The Miracle Nets

They may be epically bad now, but they're poised for a spectacular turnaround—and fast.

Strategist

The Best Bet

A cheeky umbrella, the Selby's new book, and more.

The Look Book

"We’re the same size, except for shoes. Also, we have an English bulldog who looks just like us."

Military at Ease

The deconstructed-soldier look is mounting another charge.

The Restaurant Review

Scott Conant gets burned in the hotel-restaurant bargain.

In Season Recipe

Dress the first mesclun greens of the season in Alice Waters's garlic vinaigrette.

Restaurant Openings

Week of April 5, 2010: Balaboosta, Crop to Cup Cafe, and Zengo.

Culture

Sage of the Apocalypse

Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany’s loopy sci-fi masterpiece, lives to destroy again.

Conversation: Daffy Divas

Q&A with Sassy soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and smoldering Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

The Art Review

“Skin Fruit,” the New Museum’s show curated by Jeff Koons, highlights the cracks in the institution.

Schooled in Hard Tries

Sharon Jones is what you’d call a soul survivor.

Band of Gold

A mythological rock-and-roll moment becomes a Broadway show.

The Movie Review

Chloe is a feast of rich and nuanced performances—until the world’s lamest plot twist kicks in.

Split Decision: Diablo Cody

The free-speaking writer on the second season of United States of Tara.

Agenda

On Ramps

Get out the Tic Tacs: It’s ramp season.

Departments

Comments: Week of April 5, 2010

Readers sound off on Oprah, gender balance on Wall Street, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 5, 2010

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

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