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  • The Shame of Book Publishing - A Necessary Burning of Books

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    The Shame of Book Publishing - A Necessary Burning of Books

    Much has been made nationally of the humiliating decision by St. Martin's Press to recall the 70,000 copies it had shipped to bookstores of J.H. Hatfield's 'Fortunate Son,' a biography of George W. Bush. These books, along with the 20,000 still in th...

    by Nat Hentoff on November 30, 1999
  • e-Toy Story

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    e-Toy Story

    While corporations race to colonize the virtual frontier of the Internet, a recent case that has surfaced amid the taming of the digital badlands demonstrates what uneasy neighbors art and commerce make. On Monday, the California State Court grante...

    by Claire Barliant on November 30, 1999
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    Marching to a Different Drum - Irish Lesbians, Gays, and Straights Mix Pride and Protest

    Peace may come to Northern Ireland before it is achieved in Irish parade politics in New York. The Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization is escalating its protest plans to mark its tenth exclusion from the big Manhattan St. Patrick's Day Parade on Marc...

    by Andy Humm on November 30, 1999
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    As Hundreds Cheer - The Glum Triumph of The Magnetic Fields

    Stephin Merritt was having a bad nightthough, bundled in layers of brown corduroy and topped by an inapt red hunting hat, he showed nothing more extreme than his perpetual glumness. The sound was echoing through U Penn's brick-walled Harrison Audito...

    by Rob Tannenbaum on November 30, 1999
  • Pulp Legislation - Congress Brings the Crush Video Industry to Heel

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    Pulp Legislation - Congress Brings the Crush Video Industry to Heel

    WASHINGTONThis town is incredibly sexually repressed, and hardly a session of Congress passes without a legislative attempt, successful or not, to reign in some aspect of sexual behavior, usually of the commercial variety. Oftentimes, despite the pr...

    by Jason Vest on November 30, 1999
  • Russian Cons and New York Banks

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    Russian Cons and New York Banks

    After it was revealed in August that $7 billion to $15 billion had been siphoned out of Russia through the Bank of New York, the nation's influentials were shocked, shocked. America's most sophisticated financiers were vulnerable to tawdry Russian fr...

    by Lucy Komisar on November 30, 1999
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    The Overachiever - Ray Lucas Surmounts All Obstacles as He Guides the Jets Back to Respectability

    The Jets' season may be over, for all intents, but don't tell that to Ray Lucas. The team dropped to 4-7 on Sunday and threw itself a near insurmountable obstacle to the playoffs. And while Lucas was bitterly disappointed after the loss to Indianapol...

    by Paul Forrester on November 30, 1999
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    Helter-Shelter - The Mayor Wants the NYPD to Arrest the Homeless. Ever Been There?

    Gordie L'Dera Age 60 Resides Bronx Occupation Administrative assistant What do you think about the mayor having the homeless arrested? I'm old enough to remember when they opened the hospitals and kicked everyone out. My husband predicted that s...

    on November 30, 1999
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    Broadway Blues - The Longest-Running, and Most Predictable, Show in New York

    The Rangers are, and may forever be, a problem child. One whose antics force his beleaguered parents to sigh again and again, "What's wrong this time?" No matter what promises these boys proffer each September, they are generally broken by Decembe...

    by Stu Hackel on November 30, 1999
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    Letters

    Barb-Err-Us Transgender peopleand especially those who are masculine-identifiedare courageously beginning to mobilize and speak out about their years of struggle, as was proven by this month's "Body and Soul" health conference at the Lesbian & Gay...

    on November 30, 1999
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    No Fems Allowed in the Fight Club - What Hillary Can Learn From Ruth's 1997 Campaign Against Rudy

    By now, Hillary Clinton must know that running for office in New York is a blood sport. But has anyone told her that traditionally, no women are allowed in the ring? Maybe she thinks she's being hounded just because she's Hillary. After all, even bef...

    by Cynthia Cotts on November 30, 1999
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    Spoilsports of the Century - Mitch Blood Green, Heavyweight Boxer, 19801998

    Beyond the celebrated 4 a.m. TKO loss to Mike Tyson (at Dapper Dan's on 125th St. in 1988), Blood Green's street legacy is one for the ages. There's the time embarrassed state officials revealed Green's total 54 citations for a decade's worth of ille...

    by John Stravinsky on November 30, 1999
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    Sports

    We Are Number One Giants Stadium is just ringed with restrooms. Still, Jockbeat has never waited less than 15 minutes to use the john during a football game there. And at certain times, well, every minute counts. That's why we were so relieved wh...

    on November 30, 1999
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    Nation

    Environmental Destruction Agency WTOS Eco Disaster The revolt in the streets of Seattle Monday was aimed as much as anything at the way the World Trade Organization is run, doing its dirty business within secret tribunals of corporate lawyers. T...

    by James Ridgeway on November 30, 1999
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    Tricks of the Trade - Landlords Use Obscure Law to Ditch Rent Rules

    There was a time when, if the landlord of 446-450 West 19th Street wanted tenants out, he'd use several means: He might flood them out, freeze them out, or just plain scare the heck out of them by putting goons in some apartments or leaving the bu...

    by J.A. Lobbia on November 30, 1999
  • Quentin Crisp, 19081999

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    Quentin Crisp, 19081999

    The queen is dead. Long live the queen. Quentin Crispwho was out before Rupert Everett, outlandish before Elton John, and alive before George Michaelwas the British wit-raconteur-pansy par excellence. A dear man with pinched features and the look o...

    by Michael Musto on November 30, 1999
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    The Ling Thing - 'Ally McBeal' Uses Ancient Oriental Secret

    Fox's "most erotic Ally McBeal ever" featured our heroine succumbing to the wiles of an Asian sex kitten. Although the otherwise scatterbrained and fickle Ally declared, "I'm not gay," co-counsel Ling Woo exploded Ally's boundaries with a pucker. "Th...

    by Chisun Lee on November 30, 1999
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    The Uncovered - How New Yorks Uninsured Really Survive

    The fundraiser at Life on Bleecker Street is off to a slow start. The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' all but echoes through the near-empty club. A few dozen guests stand by the bar, sipping beers, while the evening's volunteer entertainment, a karaok...

    by Sharon Lerner on November 30, 1999
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    Dead is God

    After playing with the jazz fusion super-group Dixie Dregs, keyboard sensation T Lavitz formed Jazz is Dead. Its sole purpose is to take the Grateful Dead's compositions, turn them inside out and reconstruct them into fiery jazz numbers. With Plainvi...

    on November 30, 1999
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    Guys and Dolls

    Todd McFarlane is the ultimate nightmare-maker, heartbreaker and dream-taker. The 38-year-old action-figure king and creator of Spawn spends countless hours in an Arizona bunker developing twisted schemes to the delight of 20-year-old guys-with-no-gi...

    on November 30, 1999
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