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December 13, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The Year in Culture

What’s worth remembering from the past twelve months in the arts, including: Ryan Gosling and a new pack of arty, oddball leading men; a daisy chain of boldface names pick their favorite cultural landmarks of 2010; examining illusions and delusions of grandeur that defined the year in ways good and bad; New York’s critics’ top tens in film, television, popular music, theater, art, classical, and books.
On the Cover: Photograph by Art Streiber for New York Magazine.

Features

Memories of the Gore Administration

Ten years ago this month, a Supreme Court ruling ushered in George W. Bush as our 43rd president. We asked five (sometime) novelists to imagine the past decade as if the election had gone the other way. America: This is your parallel life.

Planet Monocle

Tyler Brûlé ushered in a design revolution with Wallpaper magazine. His new global media strategy is equally rarefied, and only occasionally ridiculous. Listen to him for a while, and the world seems positively aglow with possibility.

The Terrorist Search Engine

Evan Kohlmann spends his days lurking in the darkest corners of the Internet, where jihadists recruit sympathizers from across the globe. He has testified in over two dozen terrorism trialsó and sees danger everywhere he looks. Is he prescient or naïve?

Intelligencer

Millionaires for More Taxes

The backstory on what, and who, brought the group together.

Julian Assange, Media Mogul

The selling of Cablegate shows WikiLeaks learning how to keep its audience’s attention.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

A Jobless Fairy Tale

The new politics of unemployment.

Rattner Unbound

Understanding his counteroffensive against Cuomo.

145 Minutes With Nassim Taleb

Shopping for Kafka with the Wall Street oracle turned aphorist and self-described flâneur.

Columns

Dump Jeter

Not that that’s what the Yankees will do. But really, he’s worth $5 million, tops.

Feature Article

We’re All Mad Here

Down the rabbit hole to artist Meghan Boody’s tripped-out Tribeca wonderland.

My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

An excerpt from the introduction to Ben Ryder Howe's new book.

Janet West, Flea-Market Vendor at the Garage

"I like ingenuity."

Seven Sales

The coming week in markdowns: from cashmere to lounge chairs to spring sunglasses.

Kevin Joyce

Maraya Cigar, 87 Orchard St., nr. Broome St.; 212-334-3499

New Stuff

Mood-boosting quilts, rugged boots, and more new stuff in New York Stores.

Strategist

The Best Bet

Fred Flare's Chelsea Market pop-up store, a Gilt-like site for art, and more.

The Look Book

"I make good money walking dogs."

Give Them Some Wood Scraps, They’ll Make You a Table

Plus a sofa, a lounge chair, and a freestanding bedroom on stilts. One couple’s DIY loft overhaul.

The Underground Gourmet Review

In Nolita, tasty tacos from a Volkswagen parked inside a garage.

In Season

Chestnut season need not end with the Thanksgiving stuffing.

First Look at Yuba, Opening Next Week

What was once Sura: The King’s Meal is now a self-described modern Japanese restaurant.

First Look at Junoon

The new haute Indian spot opens December 8 off Madison Square Park.

What to Eat at La Petite Maison, Opening in Midtown Next Week

Opening in the old Grayz space.

Trendlet: All Hail Caesar

An iconic salad can’t stop reinventing itself.

Departments

Comments: Week of December 13, 2010

Readers sound off on the pill, Kirsten Dunst, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 13, 2010

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

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