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  • Why Clinton Gets Away With It - 'Something About Bill Clinton Captures Our Imagination'

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    Why Clinton Gets Away With It - 'Something About Bill Clinton Captures Our Imagination'

    In 1776, Thomas Paine's Common Sense was being read throughout the new small nation celebrating its glorious independence. "We have it in our power," he wrote, "to begin the world over again." Eric Foner, in his The Story of American Freedom (Norton...

    by Nat Hentoff on January 26, 1999
  • Outside Looking In - The Marketing of Dysfunction

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    Outside Looking In - The Marketing of Dysfunction

    Do you paint with soot and spit? Are flying saucers part of your aesthetic program? Has Daddy Jesus been beaming messages through your fingers and onto unprimed fence planks? Have the loss and alienation you experienced as a child led you to invent a...

    by Guy Trebay on January 26, 1999
  • Bar bar bar

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    Bar bar bar

    Ellen Staller (Visual Arts Director, HERE, a Not-For-Profit Multi-Arts Center) Income: $20,000 (1998) Health Insurance: covered by employer Rent: $480/mo. Utilities: $25/mo.) Phone: $50/mo. Food: $550/mo. Transportation: $200/mo. If I'm wit...

    by Toni Schlesinger on January 26, 1999
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    Letters

    Mighty Mighty Musto After reading Michael Musto's column last week on Kurfew, "the Saturday night gay teen fest" at the Tunnel, I was not only amused. I was also touched. I was reading the article laughing out loud with a big cheery smile because a...

    on January 26, 1999
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    Don't Choke - The Sprewell Chronicles

    After an eternity of labor troubles, the Knicks have one more hurdle to face: Latrell Sprewell, that hotheaded fellow from Golden State. Tickets, anyone? Brian Mecca Age: 36 Resides:: Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn Occupation: O...

    by Edmund Lee on January 26, 1999
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    NY Mirror - Faye said she felt Chinatown 'gave people something to put their dreams on.' (It's better than a wire hanger.)

    Before the party for the watchable but extremely synthetic Playing by Heart ("We're all damaged goods!"), I got a PR call warning that Sean Connery would only talk to a few press people there, and I was not one of them. Goshers, was it the wife-beati...

    by Michael Musto on January 26, 1999
  • Divine Comedy - Photos by Sandra-Lee Phipps

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    Divine Comedy - Photos by Sandra-Lee Phipps

    At the old Waverly Theater on Sixth Avenue, now known as Clearview's Waverly Cinema, the Independent Film Channel's midnight premiere of In Bad Taste (a documentary about John Waters) was further enlivened by the Divine look-alike contest held...

    by Lynn Yaeger on January 26, 1999
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    Body Check

    Vitamin Pee Urine is a natural remedy, so raise a glass! That's what alternative therapist Martin Lara wants everyone to do. In his Uropathy: The Most Powerful Holistic Therapy, pee's the ultimate cure-all. Gagging aside, it's not so unconventional...

    on January 26, 1999
  • Honoring The Earth Mother - Where to find the right witch

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    Honoring The Earth Mother - Where to find the right witch

    Merry Meet! Do you feel a sacred call in the presence of nature? That's the basis of neo-Pagan spirituality. Ideas commonly thought of as Pagan are evolving into a religious expression for our time. The publication of Margot Adler's Drawing Down th...

    by Carole Linda Gonzalez on January 26, 1999
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    Hit Girls - Serenely, women take back the street

    In 1982, two boys dragged 54-year-old, five-foot Gabriella Van Battenberg to a Prospect Park alcove and tried to rape her. She narrowly escaped. A year later, while riding the subway, she was attacked again. "I had three or four chains around my neck...

    by Amanda Griscom on January 26, 1999
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    Judaism in the Air - Taking Torah on the road

    It's 5:30 Sunday morning. You're just getting to bed or maybe you're just waking up and feeling energetic enough to go biking. But wait! How about a little Torah first? Each Sunday morning on WMCA (570 AM) D'var With Rabbi Chaim Friedman holds forth...

    by Toni L. Kamins on January 26, 1999
  • Passion Play - A tale of art, sex, and salvation

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    Passion Play - A tale of art, sex, and salvation

    About 15 years ago, Richard A. Maxwell landed a part in what he calls "the worst Off-Off-Broadway production of Hamlet ever." At 29 he was young for Claudius, Hamlet's murderous uncle, but he recalls his prayer monologue as one of the show's few cred...

    by Christopher Reardon on January 26, 1999
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    From Hair to Eternity

    "Can we get rid of all this?" asks Fredrick Hodges of Mingus Salon on La Guardia Place, wadding up a clump of my weirdly cut and tragically highlighted hair. After 25 years, the man has an eye for what to cut and what to keep. But his ability to disp...

    by Carolyn Hahn on January 26, 1999
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    A New Precinct

    Once he turned 17, Jeffry Dillon never thought much about clothes. In 1981, after wearing a blue uniform for eight years, he opted for the black one with the white collar he still wears today at 48. A priest in the Brooklyn diocese, Father Dillon h...

    by Grace Bastidas on January 26, 1999
  • Mind-Body Problem - UFO research teeters between science and insanity

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    Mind-Body Problem - UFO research teeters between science and insanity

    When I tell people I've done UFO research, they react in many ways, most of them interested and sympathetic. But often they ask an irresistible question. Have I heard any crazy stories? Of course I have. How about the guy who told me aliens put a c...

    by Greg Sandow on January 26, 1999
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    Practical Piety - A Guide for the Perplexed

    Preachers sermonize in the subway, ads herald the imminent return of the Messiah, and missionaries harangue passersby in Times Square. Organized religion is everywhere in New York. If you're pregnant, preparing a trip down the aisle, or on the verge...

    by Carla Spartos on January 26, 1999
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    Practical Piety - A Guide for the Perplexed, Pg. 2

    Roman Catholic Church Founder: Jesus Christ, who gave unique authority to Saint Peter the Apostle, first head of the church. Date: First century A.D. Membership: U.S.: 61.5 million. World: 976 million. Top Management: Pope John Paul II, bisho...

    by Carla Spartos on January 26, 1999
  • Hunger Artist - The Timely Resurrection of David Wojnarowicz

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    Hunger Artist - The Timely Resurrection of David Wojnarowicz

    Seven years after his death, David Wojnarowicz, the essential '80s East Village artist, is back with a bang. Four galleries have joined the New Museum in mounting a major retrospective of his work, a new collection of his diaries has just been publis...

    by Richard Goldstein on January 26, 1999
  • Under the Gun - Tales of anguish fill a Brooklyn courtroom as the kin of shooting victims battle the firearms industry

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    Under the Gun - Tales of anguish fill a Brooklyn courtroom as the kin of shooting victims battle the firearms industry

    Freddie Hamilton cried as she sat in the back of the courtroom, listening to the story of a woman she did not know. Inside the witness box, Veronica Trott fingered a crumpled piece of Kleenex, swallowed hard, and told a few dozen strangers about the ...

    by Jennifer Gonnerman on January 26, 1999
  • A Page From History

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    A Page From History

    Two days before filmmaker Doug Block leaves New York for Sundance, he is busying himself with the morning paper. News of At Home's $6.7 billion purchase of Excite is on page one of the Times. "Corporate America is taking over your gateway to the virt...

    by Matt Goldberg & Amanda Griscom on January 26, 1999
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