Remembering Ed Koch: Chris
Smith on how his egomaniacal
selflessness saved the city; Mario Cuomo on their long rivalry; Justin Davidson on the triumphs of his failures; Jonathan Mahler on his lumpy appeal; Maer Roshan on his elusive sex life.
Plus: The many roles—and magazine clippings—of a long public life.
On the Cover: Ed Koch in 1998. Photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.
The movie industry has finally given us Oscar contenders for the age of Obama. And while Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Lincoln all reflect the fractured state of our union, it’s Django Unchained that actually tries to unite us. By Frank Rich
As America’s guns have evolved and multiplied, so have the fears we hope they’ll salve. A chronicle of three very different weapons. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
A New Museum exhibition makes the case that 1993, the year
of globalization, sellouts, and the niche, created the culture we now know. By Carl Swanson
Plus: Nitsuh Abebe, David Edelstein, and Jerry Saltz on that banner year.
After the election, Republicans faced a grim reality: They were widely reviled, their constituency was dying, and if they didn’t change, they would continue to lose. But what if there were a way for the minority to rule? Hmmm. By Jonathan Chait
Ed Koch’s towering self-regard made him the perfect person to lead New York to sanity.
Mario Cuomo on an old foe.
The many roles—and magazine clippings—of a long public life.
His triumphs came from his unrealized dreams.
Loving a broken city, which mostly loved him back.
My dinners with Ed.
An electric bike, Splendid’s lingerie line, and more new stuff in stores.
“When I run into people on the street, they go, ‘Oh, you live in that Addams Family house.’”
Inside the Renaissance-style library of a voracious bibliophile.
It may seem like just another Williamsburg restaurant, but Aska is a more worldly operation than that.
You can find good cabbage any time of the year, but winter is the brassica’s finest hour.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, a survey of the city’s burgeoning craft-chocolate scene.
Gael García Bernal won’t cross over, would play Zorro.
Sure, this Rat Pack Rigoletto is a little gimmicky. It’s also great entertainment.
The new Hauser & Wirth makes room for an entire army of loyal artists.
A no-frills buyer’s guide to very soon-to-be published titles.
Soderbergh’s Side Effects mixes noir and pharmaceuticals.
Comparing Steven Soderbergh and Woody Allen’s Side Effects.
Annisa’s Anita Lo was born in the Year of the Snake, and when that Chinese zodiac sign reappears on February 10, she’ll commemorate it with a six-course tasting menu.
Readers sound off on Christine Quinn, Steven Soderbergh, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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