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September 28, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Who Is Barack Obama?

A tenet of the president’s campaign was that rationality would ultimately break down the divisions that separate us. But while there may not really be red or blue states, there are states of reason and states of emotion. And in American politics there is a war between those states as old as the country itself. By Philip Weiss
On the Cover: Typography by Marion Deichars for New York Magazine. Photograph by Mannie Garcia/AP



The grown-up pressures of a little-boy’s game.

The Archbishop of Charm

If anyone can repair the church’s image, it’s Timothy Dolan. Except there are only so many nice ways to say no.


Post-boom, second-generation starchitecture; a helpful guide to moving back from Brooklyn; how to live in your office building; vacation homes within the city limits; discovering that the smallest apartment for sale in New York is actually pretty nice.


Step It Up

City health commissioner Thomas Farley has a new initiative: getting us to take the stairs.

The Way She Was

Barbra Streisand returns to the Vanguard and the material that made her.


Mapping the future floodwaters.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Wild and Free

Jim Carroll outlived his own gorgeous myth.

88 Minutes With Mark Green

A disappointing primary night for the former—and still just possibly future—public advocate.

Joy Behar’s Big Break

“Hey Bruce!” Joy Behar calls out to Bruce Willis. “How are you, kid?”

Le Fils

Jean-Georges Vongerichten wanted his son to be a lawyer. But at 27, Cedric just took over the kitchen at Perry St.


Best Bets

The High Line of Poughkeepsie, Tommy Hilfiger's new flagship, and more.

The Look Book

“I sort of have a Napoleon complex— I think I’m bigger than I am.”

The Underground Gourmet Review

Fort Defiance delivers on all its café-bar promises.

In Season

This heirloom broccoli-rabe variety has a cult following in California.

A (Mostly) Local Loaf

“When people hear ‘Orwasher’s,’ they think rye,” says Keith Cohen.

Restaurant Openings

Week of September 28, 2009: Ardesia.

Microbrews and Seating for 1,000

Lately, beer gardens have been proliferating faster than wine bars.


The Art Review

The Whitney’s welcome retrospective rescues Georgia O’Keeffe from sex and flowers.

The Movie Review

With The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais imagines a world without guile or faith.

A Foreign Affair

On September 25, the New York Film Festival opens in France, then closes October 11 in Spain.

Big Wheel Keeps on Turning

David Byrne adds bike evangelist to his eclectic résumé.

Let’s Go to the Audiotape

A Brooklyn label so retro it releases cassettes.

The Method Writer

For The Anthologist, a novel about a poet, Nicholson Baker found his narrator’s voice by singing to himself.

The TV Review

Male dysfunction on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Californication, and Dexter.

The Science Guy

Jim Parsons is TV’s leading nerd.


The Pastavore’s Progress

What’s remarkable about Michael White is that the man can’t stop topping himself.


Comments: Week of September 28, 2009

Readers sound off on Neil Patrick Harris, marijuana laws, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of September 28, 2009

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

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