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May 9, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

Home Design Spring 2011: Extreme Décor

Interior ideas taken to all-encompassing extremes: Artist Olekk crochets cozies for an entire apartment, down to the kitchen sin; an ephemeral Chelsea tape-and-paint spiderweb; in a Brooklyn rowhouse, a riot of colorful, textural wallpapers cover every surface; Amy Sedaris gives a tour through her eclectic, creepy (her words) dollhouse; in David Biscaye’s studio-cum-showroom, everything can go; and a Versailles-by-the-sea in Queens.
On the Cover: The painted canvas bedroom of Sylvia Heisel and Scott Taylor, created with interior designer Doug Meyer. Photograph by Dean Kaufman for New York Magazine.

Features

Our Lady of Malawi

Kabbalah teaches that only giving will bring a soul out of the darkness. So Madonna planned a splendid gift for an impoverished African nation. Somebody turn on the light.

The University Has No Clothes

The notion that a college degree is essentially worthless has become one of the year’s most fashionable ideas, with two prominent venture capitalists (Cornell ’89 and Stanford ’89, by the way) leading the charge.

Would Any of These Guys Buy Jimmy Hoffa a Drink?

Sandy Pope was the daughter of an investment banker. She quit school and became a trucker. Now she wants to run the Teamsters. And make unions thrive again. Ambitious.

Intelligencer

They’re Heeeeeeere

According to a report just released by the USDA, New York State is under attack from nonnative wild boars.

When the Broken Window Is a Cop

The NYPD is finding that “pretextual” enforcement is less fun on the receiving end.

Debt-Scold Dynasty

Dursts tend legacy, solemnly.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Righteous Elbows

In state’s gay-marriage push, the limits to playing nice.

86 Minutes With Gavin Newsom

No, the lieutenant governor of California would not like a glass of wine.

Columns

Home Run, Selig!

Contrary to his hapless image, baseball’s chief is the most effective commissioner in sports.

Strategist

Best Bets

Jewelry makers’ new favorite metal, the Coney Island Boardwalk reincarnated, and more.

The Look Book

“My husband is in the fashion industry.”

The Restaurant Review

Spasso takes a page straight from the nouveau-rustico textbook.

In Season

The asparagus stalks start to emerge once temperatures reach 50 degrees.

Culture

Wild About Panda Bear

Actor Oliver Platt plays music geek, interviewing Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox.

The Theater Review

The biblical anger of the Normal Heart brilliantly endures.

The Book Review

Cristina Nehring on the end-of-life memoir.

Impressive Proportions

Louise Lawler photographs great art—then treats it like taffy.

The Movie Review

Mel Gibson gets upstaged by a puppet in The Beaver.

The Classical Music Review

Riccardo Muti and James Levine remind us why opera conductors matter.

Why Poly Styrene’s Voice Was Anything But Disposable

The punk singer created a fierce style for female vocalists.

Agenda

Chang Reveals Plans for Old Milk Bar Space

An all-duck lunch menu and full bar.

Departments

Comments: Week of May 9, 2011

Readers sound off on Paul Krugman, Brian Williams, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 9, 2011

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

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