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May 3, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The Revolution Will Be Commercialized

Why would Sarah Palin want to be president in 2012? She’s already the CEO of right-wing America, a job that’s paid her $12 million in just ten months.
On the Cover: Logo Illustration by Felix Sockwell.


Our Wet Debt

Next month, author Daniel Okrent will publish Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, a sweeping history of America’s ill-fated experiment with temperance. One of the book’s most surprising suggestions: that Prohibition—and the speakeasy—invented modern New York nightlife.

The Patron Saint (and Scourge) of Lost Schools

Eva Moskowitz, the controversial leader of the fastest-growing charter network in the city, wants to save New York public education by, in a sense, destroying it.


The Fabulous Life of Fabrice Tourre

Until recently, Fabrice Tourre was living the kind of life that most young masters of the universe dream of.

The Physics of Guile

John Paulson’s wild ride from outwitting the crash to being partly blamed for it.

Black Helicopters Overhead

I know when they’re coming.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Diagnosing the ‘DSM-5’

Shrink revolt!

A Fairey Alights on Houston and Bowery

Last week, Shepard Fairey came to town to install a (legal) mural on the corner of Houston and Bowery.

168 Minutes With Common

Hustling Madison Square Garden—and everywhere else.


The President and the Persuader

Obama doesn’t need a progressive on the court; he needs someone who can move it to the left.


Best Bets

A fresh batch of next-generation film for Polaroid cameras, the bike-to-mat workout, and more.

The Look Book

"Fashion should be about the individual, so it’s cohesive with who I am."

The Restaurant Review

The storied chef’s new restaurant delivers familiar upscale fare for the Swifty’s set.

In Season Recipe

Until the weather gets hot, it’s a good time for spinach.

Restaurant Openings

Week of May 3, 2010: Thistle Hill Tavern.

Coming Soon-ish: Spaghetti Eastern

Sara Jenkins to open pasta-centric East Village restaurant this fall.

The Urban Forager: Fifty Goats and a Dream

A former city couple follow their farmstead bliss.

Cinchier, Sexier Trenches

The stodgy, Sherlock-in-the-fog coat is loosening up.

Limelight: The Mini-Mall

The storied eighties megaclub is reborn as a shopping emporium.

Eruption Disruption

A volcano blows up in Iceland, and Craigslist’s New York real-estate section responds with quickie offers.


World of Wonder

OK Go are rewriting the rock-band rule book one extraordinary video at a time.

The Art of the Confession

Meghan Daum and Emily Gould on the ups and downs of writing their minds.

The Book Review

Anne Carson’s deeply moving scrap heap.

The Movie Review

A splendid mini-morality tale from Nicole Holofcener and her muse, Catherine Keener.

August Calls

Viola Davis, back home with Fences.

The TV Review

Glee’s non-sidekick effeminate boy represents for the show’s true icon.

Skip the Oil Paint. Go Straight to the Boneyard.

Creepy-icky materials are the underpinnings of the work in the Museum of Arts and Design’s “Dead or Alive” show.


Fish, Eggs, and Fish Eggs

Even those opposed to brunch ought to be excited about Marea’s new Sunday-afternoon service.


Comments: Week of May 3, 2010

Readers sound off on New York's social-media scene, Olivo Barbieri’s photographs, and more.

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

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