February 2, 1998 Issue
"The next hundred years will be the age of biology. This is where the next information revolution will be."
-- Dr. Lance Liotta, of the National Cancer Institute, "The Age of Discovery"
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Good Night, Ladies
BY MICHAEL GROSS
New Yorks parties are more frenzied than ever. But are they any fun? Socializing has finally been overcome by marketing, say the citys top partygoers. The A-list is a publicists Rolodex, spawning events wherein models, moguls, and celebrities mingle for commercial ends. Its enough to make one drop out and eat in.
The Fall of Alfonse
Mark Ravenhills play Shopping and Fucking, newly imported from London, is being touted as the next Rent. But theres no happy ending, and the playwright doesnt expect a warm welcome from gay New York.
At first, the Feds were sure it was the Russian mob -- who else could be behind the millions in fake Medicare claims being sent to Brighton Beach? But what if it isnt? What if ripping off Medicare is so easy that a third-rate crook from Russia can bill for $27 million himself? A New York investigation.
With more and more people turning to yoga for physical -- and spiritual -- workouts, the mantra at the citys yoga centers is expansion.
Were all out of smack; popular virginity; Super Bowl roundup, commercials division; Bratton on Bratton
GOTHAM STYLE Mourning Mets; more Tibetan chic
A special prosecutor run amok meets a harassment case run amok . . . and a president run amok
The Underground Gourmet
SoHos Denizen settles; Murray Hills Totof fills an aching void
South London cuff links; mechanical furniture
Sales & Bargains
Underground economy: Sales hidden from the storefront world
BY WALTER KIRN
Martin Amiss Brits-eye view of American cop culture
Doctorow in the house: Ragtime: The Musical retains some of the novels sweep
Strausss Die Sgyptische Helena, long criticized, almost comes off
HBO recounts Gia Carangis headlong career and life