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  • Itís Sell or High Water - Whee-commerce! Can Indie Booksellers Ride the Wave?

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    Its Sell or High Water - Whee-commerce! Can Indie Booksellers Ride the Wave?

    A customer walks into Three Lives and Co., the West Village bookstore, and picks up a copy of The Portrait of a Lady. At the counter, the clerk hesitates, seeing the Signet logo. Signets is the 1881 version; Henry James made considerable revisions...

    by Claire Barliant on September 21, 1999
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    The Warrant Squad 'Burglars' - Detectives allegedly broke into an apartment once occupied by a suspect. They rummaged through the new tenant's lingerie, then said it was all a mistake. Was it a crime?

    More than a month after careless intruders, first believed to be bounty hunters, smeared fingerprints all over the back window of her fourth-floor Bronx apartment, the allegation that the incriminating imprimatur of the home invaders belongs to NYPD ...

    by Peter Noel on September 21, 1999
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    Oh What a Relief It Is - The Cast of Misfits in the Mets Bullpen

    A collection of castaway closers, a crackpot, a headhunter, more journeymen than a conquistador battalion, a guy who hadn't thrown a pitch in the majors for two years, and a stopper who spent two months on the disabled list . . . this is the best bul...

    by Howard Z. Unger on September 21, 1999
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    Punch Drunk

    Some observations on Oscar De La Hoya's unrewarded boxing clinic performed on Felix Trinidad Saturday night: Among Trinidad's defenders actually, we should say De La Hoya's critics, since they seem far more numerous it has now become common curren...

    on September 21, 1999
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    Sites Unscene - Evaluating a Summer of Club Closings

    Passing by the 'Building for Sale' sign at 15 St. Marks, where Coney Island High used to be, is like a slap in the face. There's no more gruff doorman, no more musicians unloading gear, no more freaks congregating on the sidewalk, no more sweaty crow...

    by Robin Rothman on September 21, 1999
  • Christian Mitterbauer - (Shea stadium vendor; student)

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    Christian Mitterbauer - (Shea stadium vendor; student)

    Income about $7000 (1999) Health Insurance covered by mother Rent, Utilities, Phone covered by parents Food $300/mo. Transportation $100/mo. The crowd holds its breath. Christian Mitterbauer puts down his red vending tray, opens two cans of B...

    by Toni Schlesinger on September 21, 1999
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    Unnatural Disasters - How Humans Are Behind the Weather Weirdness

    Hurricanes. Mosquitos. E. coli. Drought. Coincidence? Some scientists don't think so. Rather, they say, the dried, drenched, and infested summer of '99 may be a perfect example of how pollution is changing our climate and the climate, in turn, is af...

    by Sharon Lerner on September 21, 1999
  • Watching the Clothes Go Round - In Search of the Fashion Don't

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    Watching the Clothes Go Round - In Search of the Fashion Don't

    When did fashion shows become such bad sex an hour of excruciating tease culminating in 20 minutes of repetitious up-and-down? Whether staged inside Madison Square Garden (Tommy Hilfiger), in Lower East Side theaters (Miguel Adrover), on the terrace...

    by Guy Trebay on September 21, 1999
  • The Land of Less - Reeling from a major funding drought, vanguard performing artists downsize their dreams

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    The Land of Less - Reeling from a major funding drought, vanguard performing artists downsize their dreams

    All through the culture war, bombs blasted the landscape built to support artists. Somehow, they're still expected to live there. Expected to suffer. Forged in the fire all that rot. It's as if, while no one was looking, starving in garrets (once ag...

    by C. Carr on September 21, 1999
  • Dread, Beat, and Brooklyn - Trumystic Sound System Reinvent Reggae In Williamsburg

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    Dread, Beat, and Brooklyn - Trumystic Sound System Reinvent Reggae In Williamsburg

    'We're like the blueprint of what every cheesy dance producer wants: a rap guy, a woman singing, a guy playing a guitar, and a DJ,' says Ish, a central figure in the Brooklyn collective known as Trumystic Sound System, who perform at the Knitting Fac...

    by Lorraine Ali on September 21, 1999
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    Bunk

    Having come off what many thought should have been the winning performance at last month's Long Island Music Festival, Bunk is hot and picking up steam. Leading the charge of Long Island's nuevo-metal explosion, the Freeport-based rock and rap quarte...

    by Ian D'Giff on September 21, 1999
  • What's in a Name? - Rapping About the Future of Online Music Media

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    What's in a Name? - Rapping About the Future of Online Music Media

    Well, it looks like Viacom finally gets it: the Internet isn't a peripheral medium, and in time may prove to be 'the' medium for music entertainment. In May, Viacom acquired SonicNet, a popular, award-winning music news site. Then last month, Viacom ...

    by Jeff Howe on September 21, 1999
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    Sticking It In Your Ear

    If you went to buy a certain book on the American Revolution last week at the Borders in Stony Brook, you might have gotten more revolting developments than you bargained for. Tucked in the pages of Liberty! The American Revolution, a companion coff...

    by Bill Jensen on September 21, 1999
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    This Land Was Made For You and Me...

    The fate of a key source of drinking water on Long Island now rests in the hands of a profit-driven developer, a few Brooklyn judges and the budget-bungling Republican machine of Nassau County. Since 1972, the Tilles Investment Company has sought ap...

    by Laura Conaway on September 21, 1999
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    Catchy as Catchy Can

    On my personal list of least favorite things to do, driving the length of the Meadowbrook Parkway is usually second only to gum surgery. After getting stuck in traffic recently with my 10- and 13-year-old cousins as passengers, though, I have realize...

    by Valerie Acklin on September 21, 1999
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    Gangsta Rule - Keeping a Piece of the Action

    Beneath the struggles that define today's global hot spots lies the age old struggle for riches. In Russia as well as in East Timor, that means oil. In poverty-ridden Kosovo, the Serbs have attempted to maintain control of metal mining. In most cases...

    by James Ridgeway on September 21, 1999
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    Designs For Living

    If you're past the age of 3, you're making your own fashion decisions and, face it, you care about where fashion-with-a- capital-F comes from. Chris Harvard grad, Whitney program grad, serious artist thinks of clothes only in terms of function; oft...

    by Tanya Indiana on September 21, 1999
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    Pleased to Meat You

    Background Check In the past few years, Portuguese or Brazilian all-you-can-eat grills have cropped up throughout Long Island and the city. They call themselves Churrasqueira and feature the style of dining called "rodizio," which means rotation of m...

    by Ron M. Beigel on September 21, 1999
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    Thanks for submitting Just a quick note to let you know I really enjoyed your article on submissiveness and bondage [The Beat Goes on, News, Aug. 26]. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people that are interested as well. My friends and I have ...

    on September 21, 1999
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    A Free Speech Warrior - 'Sure, We Get People Angry'

    Ron Kuby first became widely known as a defense lawyer during his years of working with William Kunstler, the most resourceful, irreverent, and impassioned defense lawyer since Clarence Darrow. Kunstler was a man of such sudden wit that when he appea...

    by Nat Hentoff on September 21, 1999
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