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February 11, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

Edward Irving Koch, 1924–2013

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.


Torture, Compromise, Revenge

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

Adam Lanza’s Arsenal

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

Are We Still Living in 1993?

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.

Who Needs to Win to Win?

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


The Mayor of Crazytown

Ed Koch’s towering self-regard made him the perfect person to lead New York to sanity.

“Ed Really Was Not So Much a Politician As an Institution”

Mario Cuomo on an old foe.

Hizzoner in New York

The many roles—and magazine clippings—of a long public life.

“Fine Instincts and Terrible Taste”

His triumphs came from his unrealized dreams.

“Who Can Imagine Ed Koch Anywhere But in New York?”

Loving a broken city, which mostly loved him back.

“Pink Isn’t Really My Color”

My dinners with Ed.


Best Bets

An electric bike, Splendid’s lingerie line, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“When I run into people on the street, they go, ‘Oh, you live in that Addams Family house.’”

The Great Room

Inside the Renaissance-style library of a voracious bibliophile.

The Restaurant Review

It may seem like just another Williamsburg restaurant, but Aska is a more worldly operation than that.

In Season

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.


Of Mexico and Middle-earth

Gael García Bernal won’t cross over, would play Zorro.

Viva Las Verdi

Sure, this Rat Pack Rigoletto is a little gimmicky. It’s also great entertainment.

Iwan the Indefatigable

The new Hauser & Wirth makes room for an entire army of loyal artists.

Is This Book Worth Getting?

A no-frills buyer’s guide to very soon-to-be published titles.

The Movie Review

Soderbergh’s Side Effects mixes noir and pharmaceuticals.

Clarification: Soderbergh Movie or Woody Allen Book?

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.


Comments: Week of February 11, 2013

Readers sound off on Christine Quinn, Steven Soderbergh, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 11, 2013

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

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