December 2010

Table of Contents

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    Interview |

    Conan O'brien Rob Tannenbaum

    A candid conversation with the once and future king of late night about his new show, his Irish dark side and those pesky troubles with NBC

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    Feature |

    Vulture Capitalism Abram Roston

    The hidden hand of capital isn't always benign. Here's how some traders make their fortunes on the backs of the weak and poor

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    Pictorial |

    Sex In Cinema 2010 Stephen Rebello

    After 2009's sexual recession comes the sexual recovery. This year's best erotic scenes from the big and small screens give new meaning to the word Stimulus

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    Feature |

    (Secret) Marilyn Joyce Carol Oates

    Victim of the studio system or collaborator? Icon or simple working-class girl? Marilyn Monroe's life was driven by contradictions. For the first time, she confesses to the collusion and the confusions and reveals a nuanced and often shocking self-knowledge

  • Page Numbers: 76 77

    Feature |

    Last Days On The Other Side Of The Fences Kenneth E. Hartman

    At 19 he beat a man to death and was sentenced to life without parole. Decades later his only freedom lies in conjuring the past and re-creating his present

  • Page Numbers: 80 81

    Pictorial |

    Private Dancer Marlena Bielinska

    In a nod to Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in this month's racy ballet thriller Black Swan, model Nina Bajerska portrays a seductive danseuse of her own

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    Feature |

    The Palm Readers Mark Twain

    A century after his death, Mark Twain presents here-for the first time anywhere- his take on the dubious art of fortune-telling.

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    Feature |

    Holiday Spirit Terry Sullivan

    Our guide to home mixology, with an exclusive DIY cocktail generator and tips from America's sexiest bartender as voted by you

  • Page Numbers: 94 95

    20Q |

    Olivia Wilde Eric Spitznagel

    It's hard being a sexy actress whose name is a pun waiting to happen. So we won't say "take a walk on the Wilde side," and we refuse to suggest she's "born to be Wild." But still, this 20Q is "Wilde." Honest

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    Fiction |

    Knock-Knock Chuck Palahniuk

    Who's there? Death! The ultimate punch line

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    Feature |

    15 Innovations That Will Change The World Steven Kotler

    Steak grown in petri dishes? Machines that can create organisms never before imagined? Take a look into the (very near) future

  • Page Numbers: 106 107

    Pictorial |

    Playmate: Ashley Hobbs Arny Freytag

    Beach Holiday This season's most desirable gift-Miss December

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    Feature |

    Tip-Off 2011 John Gasaway

    Gonzaga rules. UCLA sputters. And Rick Pitino repents. Now that's madness

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    Feature |

    Hollywood Fixer Steve Oney

    Often, only one man stands between a celebrity and danger. Meet the go-to guy for stars in peril

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    Feature |

    Holiday Gift Guide Richard Izui

    Clear space under the tree. Daddy needs a new pair of shoes-and a watch and a car and?

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    Feature |

    Homesickness Jim Harrison

    The best cure for the disorientation of sudden success? A cabin of one's own

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    Pictorial |

    Why We Love The '80S Neal Gabler

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    Feature |

    If Celebrities Were Snowmen Mark Summers

    Humor and Art by Mark Summers

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    Feature |

    City Of Broken Dreams Joe Eszterhas

    Life will crush you if you're not careful. That's why you have to be tough to live in Cleveland

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    Pictorial |

    Kendra Wilkinson Bill Zehme

    Simply Kendra Our girl next door turned American juggernaut