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November 22, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The Gift Finder ’10

Our annual selection of the finest in Yule- and Hanukkah- and Kwanzaa-tide shopping options, including: present recommendations for everyone on your list—your dapper husband, your nature-friendly wife, your pet-obsessed best friend, and others.
On the Cover: Photograph by Jenny van Sommers.

Features

James Frey’s Fiction Factory

The controversial author is hiring young writers to join him in a new publishing company. The goal is to produce the next Twilight. The contracts are brutal.

Josephine and Langston and Malcolm

A Harlem album.

The School That Ate New York

By charm and brute force, NYU is planning to add 6 million square feet to its campus across the city. Is John Sexton the new Robert Moses?

Intelligencer

Starter Booze

Four Loko has swept the nation’s underage drinkers.

The Education of a Murdoch Man

At News Corp., Joel Klein will look for ways to build an individualized-online-classroom business.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Music by People Who Can’t Hear

Listening in.

GOP Death Panel

What happens to city hospitals if Obamacare gets cut?

77 Minutes With Aasif Mandvi

Indian food in Queens with The Daily Show’s “Brown Correspondent.”

Columns

’Melo Out

The Knicks are finally sticking to a smart long-term plan. A quick-fix trade is just what they don’t need.

Strategist

The Best Bet

Holiday-print wrapping paper refashioned as an impromptu wreath.

The Restaurant Review

Jonathan Benno’s modernist Lincoln Center Italian hits too many off notes.

In Season

The butternut, with its sweet, rich, deep-orange flesh, is actually easy to peel.

Condo-Hopping With the Kardashians

Reality TV often turns apartment buildings into supporting characters. But do buyers care?

Culture

The Book Review

An insane tale of WWII survival. Starring an Olympian and an ungodly number of sharks.

The Movie Review

The series slows to a crawl. Plus: The unexpectedly rousing Made in Dagenham.

The Theater Review

Welcome back, Pee-wee, you were sorely missed.

Weird Science

Jennifer Coolidge reveals the methods behind her oddball humor, now on Broadway.

Failing Really Well

Mike Birbiglia weaves his misery into affably farcical stories.

The TV Review

What does it mean to dramatize rape on television?

The Pop Music Review

Salem’s nasty sound is sparking debate among indie fans, who like their bands a little more scrubbed.

Little Carnegies

Informal venues for adventurous listening—and drinks.

Agenda

Oolong-Awaited Harney & Sons Shop Opens

This stretch of Soho has suddenly become a tea drinker's destination in a coffee-obsessed town.

Departments

Comments: Week of November 22, 2010

Readers sound off on vegivores, Jimmy Fallon, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 22, 2010

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

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