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    Little engines that think they can

    Maybe it was the relentless clickety-clack. Could have been the rolling rhythm. Perhaps it was the plunging in and out of tunnels. Some LIRR passengers apparently can't wait to get home to their bedroom communities. So, like a speeding locomotive, th...

    by Ellen Burris on October 19, 1999
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    Expose yourself

    Dear Trent, Hows it going, dude? Long time no see. (Ha Ha Ha) But seriously, as much as I loved your excellent soundtrack work, I thought Id never get my hands on the follow-up to the holiest of relics, The Downward Spiral. I worried that the pres...

    by Scott Seward on October 19, 1999
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    Dead-end kids

    A scalding, groggy poison-pen portrait of criminal working-class dead-endism, Rowan Woods's The Boys is built to impresswhat it judiciously avoids doing is the primary source of its bad-boy electricity. Based on what must've been a helluva-night-out...

    by Michael Atkinson on October 19, 1999
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    Time of his life

    A 73-year-old man who needs two canes to walk, and whose dimmed vision precludes driving a car, stubbornly pilots his 1966 John Deere lawn mower 240 miles (at 5 mph) across Iowa to visit an estranged brother in Wisconsin. Prince of weirdness David Ly...

    by J. Hoberman on October 19, 1999
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    Past and repast

    What I Was Thinking Driving around L.A. last year, looking for a place to get a quick breakfast, I realized that something was missing: There are no diners. There are plenty of funky hot-dog stands and coffee shops, but no diners. On Long Island and ...

    by Ron M. Beigel on October 19, 1999
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    headline

    Tram Heavy Black Frame Jetset Records In the past couple of years, the New York label Jetset has not only worked with such legendary outfits as the Jesus Lizard and the Go-Betweens but has also helped bring releases from important UK newcomers ...

    on October 19, 1999
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    headline

    Caught on film Just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for acknowledging my work in your Best of LI '99. Honestly, I believe in the theory that your tallying computer might have been on the fritz when you came to the Best Filmmaker section, bu...

    on October 19, 1999
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    This is a New York-based zine, but features contributions from Holbrook's own Wayne Scallon, whose brother (I assume) Ken Scallon is the publisher, editor and designer. This zine is definitely in the aspires-to-be-a-magazine genre, but in the good se...

    by Michael Giacalone on October 19, 1999
  • 21st-Century Boys - David Fincher stages a theater of war in ‘Fight Club’

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    21st-Century Boys - David Fincher stages a theater of war in Fight Club

    Fight Club director David Fincher doesn't think his film (opening October 15) is pervy or socially irresponsible. Others, ranging from the absurdly influential London critic Alexander Walker to The New Yorker's David Denby, disagree. In his review...

    by Amy Taubin on October 12, 1999
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    NY Mirror

    Why don't snakes have nipples? No, bench that more importantly, is it really illegal to be gay in Singapore? That's the only question my highly aesthetic self could think of asking the gay Singaporean director Glen Goei while we waited for the bul...

    by Michael Musto on October 12, 1999
  • Boys in the 'Hood - Photographs By Regina Monfort

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    Boys in the 'Hood - Photographs By Regina Monfort

    Saturday Night Fever may be opening on the Great White Way in a few weeks, but these residents of Kings County are hardly stuck in time. A recent tour of Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge evidenced subtle versions of the neighborhoods' iconic fashions ...

    by Lynn Yaeger on October 12, 1999
  • Mark Erbaugh - (NYU student; production assistant)

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    Mark Erbaugh - (NYU student; production assistant)

    It did not just happen in one day. It was over time. Little by little he found that if he was watching The Simpsons, he could not hear Homer if his left ear was resting on his hand. Nor could he hear what his girlfriend said if they were in bed and t...

    by Toni Schlesinger on October 12, 1999
  • The Electronic Gender Gap - Where in the World Are Tech Toys for Girls?

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    The Electronic Gender Gap - Where in the World Are Tech Toys for Girls?

    Do a Net search for 'girl toys' and you're likely to find stuff that's a lot more hair-raising than the Play-Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber & Beauty Shop. Janese Swanson, a digerati mom in San Francisco, was so aghast at the lame and lascivious results of s...

    by David Kushner on October 12, 1999
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    Rise of the Vaccine Nation - 'The New Yorker' Joins the Campaign for a Disease-Free America

    In the last decade, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry has spent billions of dollars to develop an arsenal of state-of-the-art, DNA-based vaccines, which are targeted at all manner of childhood, adult, and sexually transmitted diseases. Clearly, the ri...

    by Cynthia Cotts on October 12, 1999
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    Low Anxiety - Fear of the Subway Derails Thousands

    Regina Stafford is slightly ill at ease as the B train lurches out of the 55th Street station in Boro Park. There are a few moments in the short ride to Coney Island when the thin mother of two seems threatened. When the lights in the car flicker and...

    by Sharon Lerner on October 12, 1999
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    Out of the White House Closet - Gay Rights Steps Out As Presidential Politics Comes to New York

    Gay and lesbian rights, once treated like an embarrassing stepchild in presidential politics, is now assuming the role of favorite son in the race to the White House. President Clinton made a rousing appearance before 1800 gays and lesbians and suppo...

    by Andy Humm on October 12, 1999
  • The Stems Win - Expect the Unexpected as the Amazins Roll On

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    The Stems Win - Expect the Unexpected as the Amazins Roll On

    The crucible that is playoff baseball reveals so much about a team. Witness this exchange between injured catcher Mike Piazza and the ink-stained wretches after the Mets' crucial Game 3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night. Mike Piazza...

    by Allen St. John on October 12, 1999
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    Uni Watch: Mets Concede

    Amid all the hoopla recently generated by the possibility of a Subway Series, nobody's noticed that the Mets appear to have conceded a small aspect of the battle for New York. The team's interlocking "NY" insignia, which appears on the club's caps an...

    on October 12, 1999
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    The New Whitey Ford - But Is It the End of the Line for David Cone, the New Chairman of the Board?

    Jimmy Cannon, a great sportswriter from an earlier time, was known for his 'You're' columns. They went like this: 'You're Joe Louis, and you're 37, and the combinations don't come as fast as they used to.' Or, 'You're Joe DiMaggio and you're 37 and t...

    by Allen Barra on October 12, 1999
  • Unwelcome Mat - New Public Housing Rules Shun the Poorest New Yorkers

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    Unwelcome Mat - New Public Housing Rules Shun the Poorest New Yorkers

    Of the 17 benches in Collect Pond Park across from Manhattan's criminal court, Roger Tyson says the best are the six that flank the Lafayette Street side. Pointing to another group of green benches on the other side of a low iron fence, Tyson explain...

    by J.A. Lobbia on October 12, 1999
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