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November 8, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The Benjamin Button Election

During election season, we sometimes give ourselves permission to regress. Not so often, perhaps, when times are good. But in bad times, we frequently suspend what we know about politics—most crucially, how difficult change is—and choose to believe that this time, by pulling a lever or touching a screen, the choice we make will have a magical effect. Rage, powerlessness, magical thinking—why is how we think about politics increasingly mirroring the mind-set of a small child? By Jennifer Senior

Features

Diplomat Gone Rogue

Peter Galbraith built a career in statecraft, pursuing a humanitarian foreign policy despite a very immodest temperament. But when the U.N. fired him for insubordination in Afghanistan, he suddenly had a reputation to defend—and nothing left to lose.

Machete

Mohamed Jalloh and his family fled rebels in Sierra Leone for the relative safety of New York. Then the danger caught up with them.

Intelligencer

The Free Agent

Derek Jeter’s contract is up, and G.M. Brian Cashman is in a delicate situation.

Elizabethan Era

Elizabeth Warren could be Obama’s best hope to get the masses back on his side.

Chuck in Charge

Schumer to be Dem Savior?

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Endurance Art

The persistence of long-attention-span theater.

James Woods, Oracular Republican Actor Playing Dick Fuld, Is Pessimistic

From a couch in the Soho Grand Hotel, James Woods foretells doom.

123 Minutes With Jeffrey Katzenberg

Kicking off the Oscars campaign season with the DreamWorks Animation chief.

Columns

The Clintons Told You So

Bill Clinton’s campaign-season tour de force is a reminder of what might have been.

Strategist

Best Bets

Keith Haring's children's chair, a kitchen survival kit, and more.

The Look Book

"People will tell me to put a shirt on, but I feel freer with just two buttons."

Nothing Uniform About It

Sexier cuts and colors push the blazer way beyond biz-cas.

2A vs. 3A vs. 4A

When identical apartments battle for buyers.

My Mother’s Thanksgiving

Eleven great chefs share their families’ secret recipes.

Culture

Straight Outta Comp 101

A language dork finally falls in love with rap.

A History of Rap As Literature

The artists who flowed so fine they turned Old School rhymes into poetry.

Mark Rylance Unplugged

With one breathtaking, breakneck 30-minute monologue, he steals the season.

The Theater Review

The brilliant blunt force of The Scottsboro Boys.

The Theater Review

Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones drive an angrier Miss Daisy.

The Theater Review

Wings soars with Jan Maxwell.

Annotated Artwork: The Making of Jim Campbell’s 'Scattered Light'

We asked him to walk us through the monumental, three-dimensional Madison Square Park installation.

The Movie Review

In both Fair Game and Client 9, we watch shadowy figures practice the art of the public takedown.

Long Story Short

How Weezer learned to love their most interesting album.

The Classical Music Review

A Quiet Place, Leonard Bernstein’s opera of suburban angst, finally makes it to New York.

Agenda

First Look at Lotus of Siam

Impressive Thai in the former Cru space.

Departments

Comments: Week of November 8, 2010

Readers sound off on Sarah Palin, hipsters, and Newsweek.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 8, 2010

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

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