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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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FEATURES
Good Night, Ladies
BY MICHAEL GROSS

New York’s parties are more frenzied than ever. But are they any fun? Socializing has finally been overcome by marketing, say the city’s top partygoers. The A-list is a publicist’s Rolodex, spawning events wherein models, moguls, and celebrities mingle for commercial ends. It’s enough to make one drop out and eat in.

The Fall of Alfonse
Still snoozing from the mayoral race? Wake up to see three eminently electable Democrats jockey for Al D’Amato’s Senate seat. This much ambition hasn’t been in one place since Bill met Hillary.

Shopping Spree
BY JAMES PATRICK HERMAN

Mark Ravenhill’s play Shopping and Fucking, newly imported from London, is being touted as the next Rent. But there’s no happy ending, and the playwright doesn’t expect a warm welcome from gay New York.

Medical Waste
BY KATHERINE EBAN FINKELSTEIN

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 isn’t? 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.

New Twist
BY MARK JOLLY

With more and more people turning to yoga for physical -- and spiritual -- workouts, the mantra at the city’s yoga centers is expansion.

GOTHAM
We’re all out of smack; popular virginity; Super Bowl roundup, commercials division; Bratton on Bratton
GOTHAM STYLE Mourning Mets; more Tibetan chic

DEPARTMENTS
The National Interest
BY HANNA ROSIN

A special prosecutor run amok meets a harassment case run amok . . . and a president run amok

The Underground Gourmet
BY PETER KAMINSKY

SoHo’s Denizen settles; Murray Hill’s Totof fills an aching void

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

South London cuff links; mechanical furniture

Sales & Bargains
BY ONDINE COHANE

Underground economy: Sales hidden from the storefront world

THE ARTS
Books
BY WALTER KIRN

Martin Amis’s Brit’s-eye view of American cop culture

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Doctorow in the house: Ragtime: The Musical retains some of the novel’s sweep

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Strauss’s Die Sgyptische Helena, long criticized, almost comes off

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

HBO recounts Gia Carangi’s headlong career and life

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