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Alex Williams

July 21, 2003 | Feature
The New Literary Lottery

Good news for aspiring novelists: Advances for first-time authors have blown sky-high. The catch? If the book doesn’t sell, the fallout can kill your career.

April 7, 2003 | New York Magazine's 35th Anniversary
We Three Queens

In the age of the supermodels, Christy, Naomi, and Linda had greatness thrust upon them.

March 24, 2003 | Feature
War of Words

The raised voices at many a dinner party in the past few weeks are testament to the fact that every New Yorker has a passionate position on the impending war in Iraq.

December 9, 2002 | Television
MTV's Real World

Five years ago, MTV’s ratings were flatlining as music videos started to look like a relic of the eighties. Now it’s the envy of every other network, spawning The Osbournes, Jackass, and a score of other offbeat—and wildly popular—offerings. How’d it happen? Call it chaos theory, managed (barely) by two of television’s unlikeliest executives. Man, this could be chaos.

December 16, 2002 | Feature
Passion Play

After a career of telling tightly narrated urban fables, Martin Scorsese has let loose the monster epic he's been itching to do for 30 years. Equal parts costume drama, medieval morality play, sweeping romance, and New York creation myth, it feels like the movie he was born to make.

September 23, 2002 | Feature
Nanny Nightmare

Accused of mistreating her kids -- and suddenly at risk of losing them -- she was too shocked to panic. The charges could have come from only one person: the ex-nanny.

June 24, 2002 | Feature
Docu Drama in the Hamptons
June 17, 2002 | Feature
Rent Asunder

When the people in 11B are shelling out four times as much as those in 10B -- the ones with the weekend estate in Woodstock -- neighborly thoughts go out the window. It doesn't help that rent-protected tenants often get better services than shareholders paying full freight. A new kind of class warfare is breaking out in some of the city's toniest buildings. Alex Williams reports from the front.

April 29, 2002 | Feature
Teed Off in the Hamptons
January 21, 2002 | Feature
The Pleasure Principle

Look good? How about feel good? We try the glories of champagne body wraps, hot-chocolate skin treatments, and even sensory deprivation.

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