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    Of Butches, Kings, and Masculinity

    I love butch girls. Girls with slick, shiny, barbershop haircuts, trimmed so short your fingertips can barely grip it. Girls with shirts that button the other way. Girls that swagger. Girls who have dicks made of flesh and silicone and latex and magi...

    by Tristan Taormino on September 28, 1999
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    NY Mirror

    The Oscars now have their own Mini-Me: the Golden Trailer Awards, celebrating all those ingenious, button-pushing commercials that so flashily con us into begging for $9.50 tickets, plus two Super Combos. The ceremony at the Directors Guild Theatre...

    by Michael Musto on September 28, 1999
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    Letters

    Log On In "The Trojan Elephant" [September 14], Richard Goldstein portrays Log Cabin Republicans as lacking in social conscience. He is sadly misinformed. I spent a year teaching math in the Chicago Public Schools. On their first day of high scho...

    on September 28, 1999
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    Monkeywrenchin' 'De Empiah Town'

    The man from Hempstead figured he had one best shot at telling the world his hometown was being strangled by an old-school political machine. Composing lines at his kitchen table and banging on his keyboard in his free time, he created a Web site tha...

    by Laura Conaway on September 28, 1999
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    All fired up

    Go to church in Texas and you may end up with bullet holes in you. A high school student anywhere can easily be a goner. And had you gone for a beer at Cee Cee'S Lounge just a few weeks ago, you could have been shot up, too. A gun-toting patron open...

    by Stacy Albin on September 28, 1999
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    Hempstead: A vast waistland

    With one eye on the electorate and the other on the electorate's waistlines, Hempstead Town Supervisor Rich Guardino this month announced the calendar for fall aerobics classes. The Republican chief took time out from more minor tasksincluding sa...

    by Laura Conaway on September 28, 1999
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    The young man and the sea

    The charter shows up at 6:15 p.m. on a hot day at Orient Marina, five middle-aged men with fishing rods, boots, coolers and three six-packs of Ballantine ale, eager to spend a night on the sea chasing striped bass. Cap'n Robbie Spitzenberg, though on...

    by Ambrose Clancy on September 28, 1999
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    Over a barrel

    All I had was a body, a barrel and two pieces of jewelry. Plus a phone number for a Howard Elkins of Boca Raton, Fla. It was Sept. 4. I was working as a stringer for The New York Times and I was to call this guy and tell him that a woman's body had b...

    by Bill Jensen on September 28, 1999
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    A guru smolders

    On this Saturday morning, just like every morning, Guru Maa Jyotishanand Saraswati sits barefoot on an altar in her temple below a bejeweled Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. She douses mini-statues of other gods with water, chanting in metered bursts o...

    by Beth Greenfield on September 28, 1999
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    Stocking up at the Toronto Film Festival

    It's customary by now to introduce any report on the Toronto International Film Festival with ritual acknowledgment of its ever-escalating significance. This year, Canada's new National Post trumped everyone by fabricating a quote from Roger Ebert th...

    by J. Hoberman on September 28, 1999
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    Sticky-sweet hereafters

    A mainstream version of Jennifer Montgomery's controversial Art for Teachers of Children, Guinevere is notable as a showcase for Sarah Polley, a mercurial young actor with a wide, seemingly effortless range. Nothing could be further from the steely, ...

    by Amy Taubin on September 28, 1999
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    Mex and match

    Background Check Too often, Long Islanders who want to break out of the humdrum head for Manhattan. Only in the city, the thinking goes, can a place make it serving, for instance, Ethiopian or Tibetan food. That may explain why hybrid restaurants see...

    by Ron M. Beigel on September 28, 1999
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    Dishing all the dirt

    What does the pig in you really desire for the dirtiest dessert? Does it involve a third party? A fourth party? A farm animal? Don't strain too hard, because the folks I spoke to this week have provided an unofficial menu. All you need to do is selec...

    by Ellen Burris on September 28, 1999
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    The boys can't help it

    Now that posters touting next month's VH1-sponsored Eurythmics reunion concert at Madison Square Garden have been plastered all over LIRR stations, the writing is literally on the wall: Alternative music is the classic rock of the '90s, making great ...

    by Valerie Acklin and Artie Philie on September 28, 1999
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    The Long Island Music Coalition

    Since its inception in March, this loose assemblage of local musicians, club owners and media reps has been doing a valiant job of bringing together the local music community. Now several members have joined forces and donated songs that will soon be...

    by Ian D'Giff on September 28, 1999
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    headline

    Missy Donatuti and the gang have moved their home base from eastern Long Island to Rhode Island in an attempt to live everywhere with the word "Island" in the name. This issue is a winner, with more devilishly abstract humor ("Analogies You Probably ...

    by Michael Giacalone on September 28, 1999
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    headline

    Mouth to mouth I would like to thank your paper for assembling such a comprehensive survey of the Island porn scene, past and present (such as it is), and in particular Stacy Albin for her accurate reporting of my perspective as a "player" in the ad...

    on September 28, 1999
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    headline

    Tricky (With DJ Muggs And Grease) Juxtapose Island On this latest outing, Tricky receives a much needed kick in the pants from guest producers DJ Muggs (of Cypress Hill) and Grease, resulting in his most invigorating release in some time. Muggs...

    on September 28, 1999
  • 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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    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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