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October 2, 2000
A Bid Too Far

Aggressive auction houses are making a grab for a bigger slice of the art pie, especially the piping-hot contemporary market. Can dealers compete in a bubble that produces $1.7 million for porcelain kitsch? Or will everyone take a bath?

October 2, 2000
Best in Shoe

Stiletto king Manolo Blahnik, hitting Manhattan for just 24 hours, brings the city to heel.

September 25, 2000
I Know What Your Shrink Did Last Summer

Did you go a little crazy while your shrink was on vacation? Well, every summer on outer Cape Cod, the shrinks go a little crazy, too.

September 25, 2000
Harold Levy's Class War

The schools are crumbling, test scores are dismal, the teachers' ranks are depleted, the union wants a raise, and everyone has an opinion. Into the breach marches the cheerful new chancellor, armed with a philosopher's intensity and a lawyer's zeal. But will they be enough in the new blackboard jungle?

September 18, 2000
Cooking With Class

Tired of looking like an amateur in your own kitchen? You've come to the right place. Restaurant-rich New York is also replete with chefs ready to instruct you in every kind of culinary feat, and some of them even make house calls. Here, a full-course menu of the city's best cooking classes.

September 18, 2000
The Queerest Show on Earth

This fall's most explosive new drama is Showtime's version of a defiantly dirty, politically incorrect, sex-and-drug-soaked gay drama that was excoriated in Britain -- until it became a critically acclaimed hit.

September 18, 2000
Flying Coach

Creative director Reed Krakoff is piloting Coach from fusty leather goods to hip fashion accessories.

September 4, 2000
The Pasta Connection

Da Silvano may not be the fanciest restaurant in New York, and it's far from the hippest, but under the manic supervision of its owner, Silvano Marchetto, it's quietly remained the trattoria of choice for the city's media, fashion, and art-world elite for 25 years.

September 4, 2000
Reality Bites

There are no vampires in Christopher Rice's provocative first novel. But Anne Rice's 22-year-old son shares her taste for blood.

August 21, 2000
The Dream Girl

If Sigmund Freud had met Isabel Swift, then he'd have known exactly what women want. As editorial chief of the world's largest publisher of romance fiction, Swift makes her living providing women with the perfect fantasies. So what will she think of next?

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