This is not to say that we have in any way forgotten our beloved city. In addition to the endlessly popular "Best of New York," you'll also find in these pages a review of a galvanizing art movement spawned in our own backyard, which is now the subject of a Grey Art Gallery show ("The New York School"), as well as a profile of alumnus Charles Simic,who once sharpened his wry wit on the city's sidewalks and this year added U.S. Poet Laureate to his list of distinctions ("The Poet Considers").
Finally,we look at the one thing that far too often these days plagues us, in New York City and beyond: fear—and the astonishing work that NYU neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux is doing to counter it ("Anxiety on the Brain"). We hope that despite the gravity of some of these topics, you'll find there is much to be hopeful for this spring.—John Sexton
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