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February 18, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

Learning to Lie

Kids lie early, often, and for all sorts of reasons—to avoid punishment, to bond with friends, to gain a sense of control. But now there’s a singular theory for one way this habit develops: They are just copying their parents.


This Is My Brain on Chantix

I’d heard it was the most effective stop-smoking drug yet. So I took it. Then those reports of suicidal ideation began washing in.

Dead Man’s Float

The hedge-funder Seth Tobias was found dead in his pool. His hard-partying wife has been accused of his murder by her Internet psychic, who also says the hedge-funder was having an affair with a male stripper named Tiger. And it just gets more sordid from there.


Worried N.Y. GOP Seeks McCain’s Man

Who can save the state Republican Party?

Fashion Flock Yawns at Bribe Scandal

How shady is fashion?

Sotheby’s Uses Its (Red) Head

Charity begins at home.

Camerondominium Hunt W. Chel. to E. Vill.

Diaz likes the feel of Silk.

Vincent Gallo Feels Bad About His Face

Longs for button-nosed days.

The Sweet Science

When the smoke cleared last week, the Democratic heavyweight bout had ended in a draw.

The Third Manning

How can Cooper Manning be so well-adjusted and non-self-loathing?

End of the Line

For Second Avenue shop owners, it’s a subway to hell.

Underdogtown: A History

New York has rarely found itself in the position the Giants were in—the never-say-die also-ran.

Heart of Glass

How do you know if he thinks of you as more than a cellist?


Obama's Path

From where he stands, he can see his way to the nomination. But is he tough enough to get there?

Strategist, 1968 Edition

A Letter From the Editors

An explanation of our 40th-Anniversary Strategist section.

Best Bets

An array of the useful, beautiful, practical, and promising.

The Look Book

"My money says the pantsuit will go everywhere within six months."


At Orsini’s, the tables are meant for people-watching.

Real Estate

It’s time to consider—and don’t laugh just yet—Brooklyn.


How to wear eyelashes, plus the new exercise, the liquid diet, and where to go now for a tan.

Great Room

The Upper East Side apartment of a pair of art collectors showcases the best of the current art scene.


There are amusements to be found across town, up and down.


This was a slightly mind-bending experiment to rebuild a “Strategist” from 1968.


Late-Night Hustler

Jake Sasseville is going to get an ABC contract, even if it kills him.

The Book Review

Peter Carey, genius of literary mimicry, comes down with laryngitis.

The Annotated Artwork: ‘Waiting’

The Japan-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota has made a strong U.S. solo debut with Waiting.

The Movie Review

George Romero’s new living-dead film has got superior carnage—and a message, too.

After 99 Years, an Admission

On appreciating—but not necessarily enjoying—Elliott Carter’s music.

Double Exposure

Diana Vishneva plays both sides.

The Pop Review

There’s no point in trying to understand the Mars Volta. Just let them happen to you.

The Theater Review

The characters of Hunting and Gathering just need to crash on your futon for a few days. Is that okay?

Mommy’s Had Enough Puppets for Now, Sweetie

Which kid-centric plays are likely to be most tolerable for moms and dads?

The TV Review

The kooky, mystical Eli Stone asks, “What Would George Michael Do?”

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 18, 2008

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


Saturday in the Garden

With gospel music.


Comments: February 18, 2008

Readers sound off on the recession, Heath Ledger, and more.

Artifact: Keeping Busy

Findings from the streets, files, and hard drives of New York.

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