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December 14, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

The 00's Issue

In which we try to hash out the effects of a decade when the notion of authority was turned on its head: Michael Hirschorn on how the hustler became the dominant archetype of the every-man-for-himself, dog-eat-dog era; a timeline of cultural history; our esteemed stable of critics on the defining developments in television, books, film, art, and architecture.


Stuck in the Swamp

A timeline of the Nets’ bad luck.

A Jewish Clinton

Chelsea’s engagement to Marc Mezvinsky ended up being about her (shiksa) assimilation.

Sandcastles in the Sky

Architects mourn Dubai.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Yadda Yadda Conundrum

Tiger’s real mistake.

90 Minutes With Sigourney Weaver

An actress with a particular talent for playing male roles.

Shepard Fairey Keeps Hope Alive

Even Shepard Fairey’s assistants are appropriated.

Social Architect

Marc Kushner has built a Facebook for architects.


100 Versus America

You think a tiny band of verbose old folks couldn’t stand in the way of a nation of 300 million? Meet the U.S. Senate.


Best Bets

Holiday macaroons, sample-sale markdowns, and more.

The Look Book

I wish I could explain it, but the occult philosophy is very subjective.

Menu Mind Games

William Poundstone dissects the marketing tricks built into menus.

North of the Transverse

East of Broadway, above 96th Street, the sleepy blocks near Central Park are being energized.

The Williamsburg Elixir

Can moving to a new neighborhood be the fountain of youth?


Meze in Motion

Middle Eastern restaurant Tanoreen in Bay Ridge moves to larger premises one block away.


Comments: Week of December 14, 2009

Readers sound off on Pastor Tim Keller, Christianity, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of December 14, 2009

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

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