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November 2, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

The Sex Diaries

More than two years and 141 entries since we began asking New Yorkers to record their sex lives, a sense of the city’s libido has begun to emerge. Is it a pretty picture? Edited by Arianne Cohen; essay by Wesley Yang
On the Cover: Photographs by Joshua Allen for New York Magazine.


The Indecider

About New York’s governorship, as about so much in his recent political career, Rudy Giuliani can’t fully, wholeheartedly make up his mind.

The Devil in David Letterman

How the late-night talk-show host handled his extortion crisis says a lot about the peculiar mix of function and dysfunction that got him in, and (for now) out, of the mess.


Bernie Kerik’s Tumble

Bernard Kerik used to run the city jails and then the whole NYPD, but last week, he went to jail himself.

Fight Another Day

Bill Thompson’s (relatively) gentlemanly approach to his against-the-odds campaign is its own strategy.

The Science of Shortness

Parents need to grow up.

PsyOps Rock!

“Hit me, baby, one more time.”

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

95 Minutes With Edward Norton

Cabbing out to JFK to pick up three Maasai warriors.

Katie Lee, Movin’ Out

It’s just Katie Lee now.

Early Bloomer

Brian Mahanna, 28, is a policy adviser to the mayor’s reelection campaign.


Best Bets

Professional Halloween makeup, handy tables for holiday parties, and more.

The Underground Gourmet Review

Can Steve Hanson seize the burger-king throne?

In Season

The fall Greenmarket teems with cabbage of all sorts.

Restaurant Openings

Week of November 2, 2009: Le Caprice and Tipsy Parson.

Save Room for the Wilkinsons

A Danish delight goes undercover at a Brooklyn saloon.

Winter Travel 2009

The bargain hunter’s handbook.

It’s a Bargain! For Now.

Those tax breaks that kept condo fees low? They’re expiring—and buyers are noticing.


The Laugh Factory

Ricky Gervais adds the New York Comedy Festival to his empire of funny.

Brooklyn Hearts Huppert

Europe’s grande dame of cinema finds her American niche.

The Theater Review

Sienna Miller and Jonny Lee Miller heat up the icy After Miss Julie. Plus: The Memphis blues.

Magical Realist

Kate Baldwin on the improbable return of Finian’s Rainbow.

The Movie Review

Lars von Trier’s highbrow horror show. Plus: The awkward joys of Gentlemen Broncos.

Hoop Memes: Bill Simmons’s “The Sports Guy” has a new tome, The Book of Basketball.


How a few Chinese students from the freshman class of ’78 changed composition.

Is This a Michelangelo?

Or a persuasive nineteenth-century fake?

Ballet Electric

The intricate daring of Karole Armitage


The Budget Déjeuner

La Grenouille’s “Ardoise” lunch is now offered Tuesday through Friday.


Comments: Week of November 2, 2009

Readers sound off on circumcision, Mayor Bloomberg, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 2, 2009

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

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