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May 30, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

The Elephant in the Green Room

On Roger Ailes’s watch, Fox News has become the most popular cable news network. But while courting the GOP’s angriest constituents may be good for ratings, it’s undermined Ailes’s real goal: setting up a Republican candidate strong enough to knock Obama out in 2012. By Gabriel Sherman
On the Cover: Photograph by Andrew Zuckerman. © CREATURE.


If I Take Down Fox, Is All Forgiven?

David Brock has spent the last decade apologizing to liberals for his role in creating the vast right-wing conspiracy. Now he’s trying something more ambitious and hoping it gains him the respect he craves from the White House. By Jason Zengerle

The Good Bad Son

Saif Qaddafi had an affinity for America. And for a brief, tantalizing moment, the feeling was mutual. By James Verini

Last Supper of the Food Hacks

A chopper ride to El Bulli for “the mother of all boondoggles.” By Adam Platt


Elaine’s Library

A breakdown of the titles gracing Elaine’s walls when news of its impending closure went out.

In the Future, Every Millionaire Will Buy and Sell Fifteen Warhols

With Andy dominating another auction season, Jerry Saltz explains why the artist makes rich guys go gaga.

Dick Ebersol Is a Casualty of Kabletown

Dick Ebersol, the new Jack Donaghy.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Restless Minds

Guilty parents get own bedtime book.

86 Minutes With Chris Licht

The almost-former Morning Joe executive producer and soon-to-be CBS News V.P. lets go of the controls, briefly.


Letter to a President With a Problem

A top-secret missive from George Mitchell, the just-resigned special Middle East envoy, explaining why he quit.


Best Bets

A slew of boutiques are opening out East, a new barre studio opens in Tribeca, and more.

The Look Book

“We get pointed out from tourist buses.”

Don’t Just Lay There

The swimmable, sprint-able, Baywatch-able tank suit provides an athletic alternative to the bikini.

The Underground Gourmet Review

The Queens Kickshaw deftly tackles serious joe and fanciful grilled cheese.

In Season

A recent trip to Jackson Heights market Patel Brothers revealed an unassuming cache of Kesar mangoes.

Alfresco, All the Time

The city’s best new outdoor spaces for afternoon snacks, midday beers, or late-night entertaining.

Search Party

A new site for sifting through apartment listings enters a crowded field.


Judging ‘Idol’

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins on eighteen months of writing about TV’s most cynical show.

The Art Review

Kara Walker returns to basics and makes her most powerful images yet.


Three citizen critics with different tastes offer competing takes on noteworthy recent albums.

The Pop Music Review

The flimsy fury of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

The Architecture Review

A century-old Upper East Side façade conceals the aggressively modern design of David Adjaye.

The Movie Review

Terrence Malick’s overblown, goofy, slightly ridiculous The Tree of Life should be seen immediately.


Grazing the Roof

The urban farm Brooklyn Grange defies expectation.


Comments: Week of May 30, 2011

Readers sound off on Roseanne Barr, Amy Poehler, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 30, 2011

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

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