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November 29, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

A Web and a Prayer

The nine-years-and-counting journey of Julie Taymor and U2’s troubled, ridiculously expensive, and possibly wondrous Spider-Man musical—featuring near bankruptcy, one death, two injured stuntmen, and a pesky tabloid columnist. By Jesse Green
On the Cover: Photograph by Marco Grob for New York Magazine. Illustrations by Zohar Lazar.


The Answer Is No

New Jersey governor Chris Christie is denying money to teachers and tunnels, oxygen to Democrats, and intentions to run for president in 2012. Which is only making him more popular.

Demented Genius

Understanding Kanye West. Or trying to, anyway.


Kosher Pork

Earmarking isn’t all about Bridges to Nowhere.

What Would the GOP Do?

Probably nothing that different from what’s being done. And yet—outrage!

Cameo Overkill

How stunt-casting jumped the shark.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Don’t Scan Me, Bro!

Why it’s men leading the TSA backlash.

 85 Minutes With Whit Stillman

The preppy historiographer is finally making another film.


The Mike and Andy Show

For now it’s a buddy movie—till the budget cuts come.


The Best Bet

Annie's Blue Ribbon pop-up shop, post-Turkey day deals, and more.

The Look Book

The “Look Book” drops in on the free Target First Saturdays party.

The Restaurant Review

With Osteria Morini, Michael White returns to modest, country-style cooking.

In Season

The russet Bosc is a workhorse pear that’s perfect for cooking.

The Everything Guide to Deliveries

Lobster in a pan, bodega groceries by the gallon, and other ways to consume the city without leaving home.

Enforcing Utopia

At the original artists’ housing complex, change may be in the air. Is Westbeth a success or a relic?


True West

The Coen brothers know the meaning of grit, as their new Western, and its breakout young star, will attest.

The Classical Music Review

Against physical odds, Steven Blier coaches deep emotions from New York’s greatest singers.

The Theater Review

A perfect Michael Shannon in Mistakes Were Made.

Reinventing the Book

Jonathan Safran Foer’s object of anti-technology.

The Movie Review

The King’s Speech puts a monarch on the couch—and Oscar voters on high alert.


TaïmMobile Ready to Roll

The gourmet-truck ranks expand with the rollout of the vehicular offshoot of the popular falafel shop.


Comments: Week of November 29, 2010

Readers sound off on James Frey, NYU's expansion plans, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 29, 2010

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

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