NEW YORK MAGAZINE SELECTIONS
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She can't go back to the city that made her.
The Most Controversial Woman in School Reform
HOW TO START A REVOLUTION
Columbia University's new activists.
THE JUSTIN BIEBER EXPERIMENT
A little boy grows up.
How the newest liquid-nutrition cultists are mastering their intestines.
TRAVELS IN THE NEW PSYCHEDELIC BAZAARThe synthetic drugs being invented, refined, and produced today-and often, shipped in from China-would have blown Timothy Leary's mind. Who knows what they're doing to the brains of users.
BRET EASTON ELLIS'S REAL ART FORM IS THE TWEET
THE BELLES OF B-BALL
How NBA players' wives vie for fashion dominance.
BLOW UP THE BOX
After a career in which he firebombed the traditional television model from multiple angles, Barry Diller talks about his latest effort to torch the tube.
Sex and the fall of an all-American yogi.
OUR LADY OF MALAWI
Kabbalah teaches that only giving will bring a soul out of the darkness. So Madonna planned a splendid gift for an impoverished African nation. Somebody turn on the light.
To be Don Draper's daughter, you have to look the part. And 11-year-old Kiernan Shipka loves to talk cloth.
WAKING UP FROM THE PILL
Fifty years ago, birth-control pills gave women control of their bodies, while making it easy to forget their basic biology -- until in some cases, it's too late.
BURNING MAN TURNS 25
With photos by Craig Maldonado.
A fashion icon who found herself by going to clown school.
GROWING UP GAGA
The self-invented, manufactured, accidental, totally on-purpose New York creation of the world's biggest pop star.
REMEMBRANCES OF A PUNK PROSE POETESS
Patti Smith, along with her friend Robert Mapplethorpe, lived a particular New York dream.
WHY IS NANCY PELOSI ALWAYS SMILING?
Like Obama, she is more pragmatist than liberal ideologue. Unlike Obama, she doesn't
care what you think of her.
THE NYC REALITY FREAK SHOW
Is NYC Prep's Manhattan really that bad?
BARGING IN TO VENICE
Brooklyn artist Swoon is invading the Venice Biennale on boats built from New York City garbage.
DO YOU OWN FACEBOOK? OR DOES FACEBOOK OWN YOU?
Trust is a fragile commodity.
125 MINUTES WITH LADY GAGA
The Sacred Heart girl turned bisexual disco queen was never a lazy drug addict.
THE AUTUMN OF THE I-BANKER
The meritocracy wasn't supposed to work this way.
THE LEOPARD CHANGES HIS SPOTS
We thought we knew Roberto Cavalli -- animal prints, plunging necklines, thigh-high slits,
showgirl glam. We were wrong.
EVERYBODY SUCKS (COVER)
Gawker and the rage of the creative underclass.
WHAT DOES TINA BROWN HAVE TO DO TO GET SOME ATTENTION?
With a new book on Princess Diana, Tina Brown -- the hyper-ambitious British blonde editor
who did more than anyone else to pump up the volume on celebrity culture -- returns to her roots.
TOM FORD AFTER SEX
With a new super-high-end men's store, the former Gucci designer explores who he is
without all that libido to sell.
EVEN BITCHES HAVE FEELINGS
Judith Regan is a walking cartoon, an equal-opportunity bigot -- and hardly the only villain in
the sordid O.J. publishing scandal.
MOVE TO A FANTASY ISLAND
How Maui taught me to love New York.
THE GENIUS COLLECTOR
Louise MacBain uses her classified-ad fortune, her string of art magazines, and her stunning
appearance to bring some of the world's most talented people into her orbit. To what purpose?
Even she doesn't seem to know.
BILLIONAIRES ARE FREE
And, these days, a dime a dozen. But even for today's b boys, there are some things money
YOU TOO CAN BE A CELEBRITY JOURNALIST!
Jancee Dunn, grand wizard of the celebrity profile and all-around nice Jersey girl, reveals the
secrets to making any star open up in her new memoir, But Enough About Me.
SEX AND THE CITY: THE HORROR MOVIE (COVER)
Peter Braunstein had a full pantheon of female style icons (Edie Sedgwick, Jane Fonda, Kate Moss)
and a passion for Manolos as intense as Carrie Bradshaw's. Then, fired from his job at Fairchild,
jilted by a girlfriend, he descended into a world of dark fantasies -- into which he allegedly brought a
former colleague in a bizarre assault. The making of a tabloid monster.
PRINCE STREET PRINCE
Hotelier turned developer André Balazs moved to Soho in 1984 and reimagined downtown in his own
CONAN ON THE COUCH (COVER)
Conan O'Brien talks constantly about how no one cares about his show because it's on too late. But
in four years, when he takes over for Jay Leno, he'll no longer have that excuse. Does comedy's
crown prince need a whole new shtick?
CELEBRITY AND ITS DISCONTENTS (COVER)
2 BLONDES (COVER)
With Martha Stewart in jail, the company's face is a woman who looks a lot like her -- former ABC
Entertainment chief Susan Lyne. Her strategy? Put Martha Stewart back in the center of the gospels,
and wait for the resurrection.
Has Jay-Z -- one of the best rappers of his generation -- really forsaken art for commerce?
"IT" GIRLS LOST IT
From Paris Hilton's sex tapes to Mary-Kate's anorexia, the girls du jour had big problems -- which
is just the way we like it.
THE ONLINES (COVER)
Only children are just like most New York kids -- sophisticated, precocious, sometimes a little
lonely -- only more so.
In a city where their dad is an interloper, the Bush twins are totally at home.
DONNA KARAN'S VISION QUEST
In the eighties, she changed the way New York women dress. Now, with the radical new life that
came with the sale of her company and the death of her husband, she's much more interested in
the inner Donna. A portrait of a seeker in mid-voyage.
A gossip revenge saga, starring Richard Johnson, Lloyd Grove, a pretty girl, her spurned lover,
and the ink-stained wretch who took the fall.
IN HIS OWN HOTHOUSE (COVER)
From Before Sunrise to Before Sunset, Ethan Hawke has never stopped trying to grow. But into what?
A DYING TREND
The four NYU students who've jumped to their deaths grimly illustrate new research: Suicide can
be a fad.
ARE YOU BIOPOLAR? (COVER)
Mild bipolar disorder may be to this decade what depression was to the nineties, thanks to a new
drug and an expanding definition. But when do ordinary peaks and valleys become pathological?
A DEATH OF ONE'S OWN
Founding feminist, Virginia Woolf scholar, and strong-willed enemy of the patriarchy (as well as
mother, grandmother, and wife), Carolyn Heilbrun lived her ideals. The right to choose death --
she committed suicide in October -- was one of them.
THE BOYS OF SUMMER
This summer, a handful of young, ambitious, Manhattan-bred guys has cornered the market on
nightlife in the Hamptons. They make sure Tara Reid is in the house, everyone's drinking $400
bottles of Perrier-Jouët, and, in return, they get one big payoff: the chance to become boldfaced
WHEN LIZZIE MATTERED
Not so long ago, an entitled PR girl was the only terror we had to worry about.
THE NEW POSITION ON CASUAL SEX (COVER)
The rise of Internet dating has brought a sexual openness (not to mention one-night stands) to the
younger generation not seen since the seventies heyday of Maxwell's Plum. But can there be too
much of a good thing?
BABY PANIC (COVER)
The city's single women knew we could do everything men could, even in our Jimmy Choos. But while
we were busy with business, bars, and Barneys, did we miss out on motherhood? For the Sex and the
City generation, it looks like the rules of the game have changed.
THE SINGLE-MOM MURDER (COVER)
Christa Worthington left the glitz of the Manhattan fashion and journalism worlds for the simpler life of a
single mother on Cape Cod. But when she was murdered, she left behind a beautiful 2 and 1/2-year-old
daughter, a long list of potential suspects, and the realization that her life wasn't so simple after all.
FLEX APPEAL (COVER)
In the last few years, yoga became downtown's glamorous answer to organized religion (not to mention
a way to lose stress -- and fat). But after September 11, the discipline has taken on new meaning. The
story of one woman's body search.
PAY MONEY, BE HAPPY (COVER)
For thousands of new yorkers, happiness is a $375, three-day self-help Seminar. Welcome to EST: The
MONICA TAKES MANHATTAN (COVER)
Monica Lewinsky came to New York in search of a second act. And so far, she's made a better go of it
than, say, Bill Clinton. She attends glamorous parties, goes on "half blind" dates, and has a nascent
business designing purses. In fact, she seems to enjoy life as a one-name celebrity -- though she'd rather
not discuss what she's famous for.
CHRISTIAN CURRY'S NAKED AMBITION
It's been a whirl of stretch limos, Veuve Clicquot, and $1,000-a-plate charity dinners for Christian Curry
ever since his scandalous case with Morgan Stanley was settled. So what if the firm claims they didn't
pay him a dime? He's the life of the party.
THE MODEL VANISHES
Lourdes Gruart walked the runways in Milan and Paris for more than a decade. But as her career
waned and she felt her jet-set social life slipping away, she became engulfed in paranoia, romantic
obsession, and an enthusiasm for Santeria. Then she disappeared.
YENTA TAKES MANHATTAN
If you're young, sexy, stylish, slim, and upwardly mobile (preferably Jewish too), boy, does Janis Spindel
have the guy for you!
BEST IN SHOE
Stiletto king Manolo Blahnik, hitting Manhattan for just 24 hours, brings the city to heel.
HAMPTONS 2000 / WEEKEND IN BRAND-HAMPTON
Synergy Spa is "All about the A-list bonding with product," says its hostess. But where's the A-list?
O. Aldon James Jr., the eccentric president of the National Arts Club, wants to convert Gramercy
Park into a public Garden of Eden. But some neighbors think he's the snake.
SILICON ALLEY 10003 (COVER)
Long before the suits logged on, a small group of prep-school slackers had faith in the Web. Now
they're the alley's establishment.
Rob Bingham lived the fantasy life of a literary bad boy: a charismatic, arrogant, fabulously wealthy
wildchild who died just before the publication of his much-anticipated first novel.
WELCOME TO THE FUN HOUSE
What happens when you cram 20-odd singles into a Hamptons hideaway and give each of them a
queen-size bed? Less than you might think.
REGINE'S LAST STAND
Her empire of nineteen discos has dwindled to seven, and her New York club draws more of the
gold-chain set than of the glitterati. But for the 69-year-old Queen of the Night, the party is far from
A MODEL WORDSMITH
His latest tale, Word, is a jazzy, ironic appreciation of writing, filmmaking, and chasing skirt. In two
of those arts, at least, downtown novelist Coerte v. w. Felske seems more than passingly adept.
WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE (COVER)
Perky, pretty, and remarkably plugged-in, a pack of young publicists have become the darlings of
New York's demimonde. But be careful -- they bite.
HAMPTONS HEAT WAVE: THE POWER AND THE GLOSSY
"Hamptons" magazine is an empire built on party pictures. But for publisher Randy Schindler, it's
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