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April 16, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Behind the Hedge

Hedge funds: They are huge and unstoppable and still stubbornly secretive. You can no longer afford to ignore them. Hence our comprehensive rundown—how they make money, who they are, where they came from, and their potential to destroy the world. Plus: An insider ranking of the brainiest and most-feared managers.


The Tainted Kidney

Soon after nurse Charles Cullen went to prison for murder, a mother begged him to save her son’s life by giving a kidney. He agreed—because, he says, donating an organ is mandated by the same imperative to be “helpful” that inspired him to kill.

Limbaugh for Lefties

The notoriously difficult Keith Olbermann has achieved inner peace (and become a liberal hero) by focusing his anger on the Bush administration rather than his co-workers.


The real-estate enthusiast’s companion returns, including a townhouse alfresco, the vulture’s guide to foreclosures, and one starving artist’s account of reverse-slumming in a for-sale luxury apartment.


Can Pepsi Ad Guy Sell Hillary Clinton?

Take the Obama challenge.

After Magical, Didion

Plays it as it lays.

A Somewhat-Chic Bowery Knife Fight

Old New York at new hotel.

Everybody’s Picking on Sean Lennon

Stands by his mom.

Neo-Nazi Grows in Brooklyn Family Court

Judge Pearl assistant Sharon Hewitt removed for neo-Nazi sympathies.

It Happened Last Week

The combined holy powers of Easter and Passover together couldn’t prevent April’s week-that’s-all-about-money from coming early this year.

New Money

Condé Nast’s Portfolio might be the last big magazine launch ever. So why are so many people hoping it fails? “We’re going to make it work,” declares Si Newhouse.

Avant le Deluge

To call attention to global warming, a mob of greens wearing blue will outline where the waterline could end up in Manhattan.

Go Directly to Jail

Tips for the incarcerated from A. Alfred Taubman.


Best Bets

Retro silver lightbulbs and other fine uses of gold’s greatest rival.

Ping-Pong: A Brief History

The former basement hobby (and its video descendants) bounces back as barroom pastime.

Shop News

New store openings this week.

Look Book

A mother-to-be who eschews maternity clothes.

Restaurant Review

Williamsburg’s Silent H serves high-quality Vietnamese in a perfectly calibrated atmosphere.

In Season

Cooking flounder whole, as in this recipe from Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York, is the best way to retain its delicate flavor.

Insatiable Critic

The embattled Jeffrey Chodorow seems tame at a friend’s tasting at Wild Salmon—his fourth new restaurant since December.

Restaurant Openings

Week of April 16, 2007: Provence, Resto, Gold St., and Zipper Tavern.

Bill Yosses

An interview with the White House’s pastry chef.

The Culture Pages

Lions in Spring

Inherit the Wind stars Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy one-up each other’s tales of lives lived onstage.

The Movie Review

Uplifting gorefests from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

The DVD Filter

New on DVD this week: La Haine (Hate), Bobby, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, and more.

The Pop Music Review

CocoRosie combine a childlike imagination with sophisticated songwriting.

The Book Review

Reluctantly admitting that text messaging isn’t destroying society.

How to Win MySpace Friends and Influence Readers

Writers who still traffic in dead trees are just beginning to figure out how to promote their books in the online networking universe.

The Art Review

The Met’s revived Greek and Roman wing succeeds on all levels.

The Theater Review

Two period melodramas of dueling quality.

Chelsea Boy: Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels talks about the problem with New York audiences, and why Farrelly brothers comedies should be considered art.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 16, 2007

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


The City Politic

Slick-talking political message consultants don’t have a great reputation. But Rudy needs to hire one as fast as possible.

The Week

Variations on a Theme

A week of single-minded group shows.

Hey, Kids, Let’s Put on a Show!

The fine art of child care.

Apart From the Crowd

They’re all part of ongoing series, but these performances stand out.

Join the Club

Highlights from Manhattan Theatre Club’s reading series, Spring Boards, which tries out new plays in the hope of giving them full productions at MTC.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on Courtney Ross, teenage prostitution, and more.

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