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November 17, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Under Her Thumb

Now that women are bringing home fatter paychecks, the chance that they’re outearning their spouses is better than ever. What happens in a marriage when she’s the alpha and he’s the beta? Let’s just say that what works in the boardroom doesn’t always work in the bedroom. Or in the kitchen. Or in the laundry room.


Miracle Man

Not so long ago, a 3-year-old like Dorothy McCollum, born with a defective heart, would certainly have died. But Dr. Jan Quaegebeur of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the world’s foremost pediatric heart surgeons, devised a strategy to save her. Dr. Q doesn’t just repair children’s hearts—he reinvents them.

Girls Will Be Girls

In Paris, they were denouncing the spring collections as the “death of feminist fashion.” But in New York, we know better. Who says a woman can’t wear next season’s lighter-than-air ruffles and chiffon, Lucite wedges and pointy retro pumps—and still be a master of her universe?



Readers sound off on the Mepham hazing scandal and more.

Smart City

Best Bets

Tocca soaps, a palm-size digital video camera, fabulous fabrics from Stephen Sprouse, and a puzzle bookshelf for kids

Shop Talk

Striking old images become fodder for a new line of tees

Deal of the Week

Save your coffee table from further abuse with these cool MoMA CD coasters

Plus: This week's Sale Listings

Best of New York

The delicious Dead Sea salt scrub at Dorit Baxter

Ask New York

I'm trying to finish my first novel, but my husband the aspiring rock star is always practicing at home. I can’t concentrate! Where can I go—or where can I send him—so we can hone our crafts in peace?


Intelligencer Column

Tarantino's temper tantrum, Nicole Rithie eyes Rent, and more.

Fashion Ford-ward

Au revoir, Gucci! What should Tom Ford do next?

The New Liberal Guilt

Why the news from Iraq poses a moral dilemma for Bush-bashing Democrats.

Trial and Terror

Rosie’s real mistake? Trying to pull a Madonna.

Mays Day

Jefferson Mays couldn’t imagine a role more foreign to him than a 65-year-old East German transvestite—which is why he jumped at it.


This Media Life

Quagmire or victory? Why the never-ending war in Iraq has a split personality.

The Bottom Line

We may be on the verge of a massive Dow rally (remember the late nineties?). Be very afraid.

Naked City

The perils of “room-mating”



Master and Commander is an instant seafaring classic; The Matrix Revolutions is all action, no art


Richard Greenberg bombs with The Violet Hour; Ned Beatty is a brilliantly bombastic Big Daddy

TV Notes

John Leonard reviews Wright Brothers' Flying Machine, Dangerous Prescription, and more.

Pop Music

Pink postures on Try This; K.I.M.’s Miyage is a tantalizing mix


The Costume Institute takes an instructive look at guys in gowns


A tribute to techno master Alwin Nikolais; William Forsythe scores with ABT


The rustic Italian ’Cesca is Tom Valenti’s latest hit

Top Five

Foreign Film Festivals

This week’s film festivals rack up the frequent-flier miles.

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Five Points's new sugar mama...five new openings...Danny Meyer does Kansas City

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