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Michael Wolff

May 28, 2012 | Features
A Life Worth Ending

The era of medical miracles has created a new phase of aging, as far from living as it is from dying. A son’s plea to let his mother go.

February 23, 2004 | This Media Life
Martha McCarthyism

Stewart is being tried not for her crimes (though crimes there may have been) but for who she is—rich, famous, and abusive to the help.

February 16, 2004 | This Media Life
Circus Minimus

Hyped as a great public drama, the Martha Stewart trial was about as exciting as watching an accountant work. Then came Doug Faneuil—Candide in a suit.

February 9, 2004 | This Media Life
Which Martha?

There’s the victim, and the schemer, the Connecticut white lady, and the career girl. So who is she? Tell us, and you’ll tell us who you are.

February 2, 2004 | This Media Life
Us and Dem

Given a seemingly invincible opponent, winning isn’t the only thing for Dems. Rather, the candidates are fighting a battle for their party’s soul.

January 19, 2004 | This Media Life
Right Timesman

David Brooks is the hothouse flower of the Times’ op-ed page—its token conservative. It’s a tough job, as he’s learning.

January 12, 2004 | This Media Life
Lord in Vain

When Conrad Black became a press lord, then a real lord, his ambition seemed to be to leave the sullied world of business behind. Nice try.

December 22, 2003 | This Media Life
Mean and Proud

Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter fight dirty. Al Franken fights dirty. So which side to join? Both are more interesting than the self-regard of the PBS center.

December 15, 2003 | This Media Life
Reversal of Fortune

Call it the law of political gravity: What goes down (an economy, a president’s stature) must go up. So why are we always shocked when it happens?

December 1, 2003 | This Media Life
The New Old Thing

Is the recent Net boom a real second coming or just a blip? Even the once-mighty new-media ruling class, back on top (sort of), isn’t pretending to know.