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November 15, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

Mr. Sunshine

Does Jimmy Fallon laugh too much? Why would that ever be a problem? By Adam Sternbergh
Plus: Why things are better than they seem, and a brief, semi-random collection of reasons to feel better.
On the Cover: Jimmy Fallon. Photograph by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine. Illustration by Jason Lee.


Look on the Bright Side

Things are better than they seem. Honest.

Vegetables Are the New Meat

At serious restaurants all over town, carrots, peas, and the like are no longer just the supporting cast—they’re the stars. Move over locavores, here come the vegivores.

God Loves Jay Bakker

And Jay Bakker wants you to know that he loves you, too.


Sex, Lies, Sultanates

The tabloid-ready trial of the year opens in New York State Supreme Court: Casa de Meadows, Inc. v. Zaman.

The Non-Steamroller Plan to Run New York

Now Andrew Cuomo actually has to govern a deeply troubled state—and avoid being like Spitzer while doing it.

MTV Back in the Music Business

The return of the video.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Decider As Memoirist

Who reads a president’s book?

43 Minutes With Margaret Cho

A discussion of the meaning of Jersey Shore and nonmonogamy in the comedienne’s hotel room.


Boehner’s Army

The Republican revolutionaries have problems with authority—and that may provide Obama an opening.


Best Bets

West Elm's recycled glass vases, a week full of sales, and more.

The Look Book

"Fashion now, it doesn’t look right. My life is simple, and I dress accordingly."

The Restaurant Review

A spare Boerum Hill restaurant with lofty culinary ambitions.

In Season Recipe

The capon is a French and Italian holiday favorite.

That Old, Bright Magic

Designer Miles Redd transforms a forlorn-looking West Village apartment into a retro-Hollywood-inspired sanctuary.

Heavy Metal Thunder

After six years, a strict lead-abatement law is driving deep wedges between tenants and landlords.


The Old Is New Again

Eleven paintings you can’t miss at MoMA’s historic Abstract Expressionism show.

The Classical Music Review

Janet Cardiff’s Forty-Part Motet flirts with cacophony—and is instead sublime.

Minstrels, With Irony

Two high-steppin’ reasons to see The Scottsboro Boys.

Director’s Cut

Martin Scorsese’s nominations for best performance in an Elia Kazan film.

The Movie Review

The ick and wow of 127 Hours doesn’t add up to much.

The Movie Review

An awful adaptation of For Colored Girls.

The Pop Music Review

New albums by Kid Cudi and Cee Lo Green present the highs and lows of manly oversharing.


What to Eat at Millesime

Laurent Manrique’s "seafood brasserie" at the Carlyle.


Comments: Week of November 15, 2010

Readers sound off on narcissism, hip-hop lyrics, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 15, 2010

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

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