Our annual guide to triumphing over gift anxiety with perfect presents for the happy-go-lucky
and the hard-to-impress, with help from Secret Santa buddies Kermit, Miss Piggy,
Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and the rest of The Muppets cast, and also including:
the Sixteen Commandments of giving; double-ended makeup brushes, a scrimshaw penknife, and other stocking stuffers; treasures
from 50 new stores; wallets for
the cash-strapped and the loaded; the perfect cookbooks for gourmets, cocktail geeks,
and meatball lovers; and nonmaterialistic offerings for nine high-minded types.
On the Cover: Miss Piggy from The Muppets. Photograph: John E. Barrett/© 2011 Disney.
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Sherrie Levine’s retrospective turns a very cold eye on the gender dynamics of the art world.
Champagne and chicken potpie with Ellen Barkin—actress, mother, and indie-film producer.
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At the Algonquin, talking Noël Coward with Kim Cattrall.
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As long as there is wine, there will be attempts to demystify it.
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