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March 2, 1998 Issue

"We’re the only place in civilization that makes this schism: ‘He’s a great man. . . . Unfortunately he can’t keep his pants zipped.’ What if it’s the same thing?"
-- Mike Nichols, "Carnal Knowledge"

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FEATURES
Carnal Knowledge
BY JAMES KAPLAN

Having cast John Travolta and Emma Thompson as a Clinton-like couple threatened by a sexual scandal, Primary Colors director Mike Nichols probably didn’t need the extra buzz provided by Monica Lewinsky. Suddenly a great filmmaker was accused of being a presidential apologist. The director talks about sex, love, and politics.

Attorney for the Offense
BY LINDA WOLFE

Jack Litman drew fire for his blame-the-victim defense of Robert Chambers. Now, as he represents Columbia’s alleged cyber attacker, both the strategy and the backlash can be anticipated.

Savior of the Good Book
BY SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN

While mainstream publishers chase star authors and megasales, an unknown Washington millionaire is determined to rescue the serious book. You may know his first best-seller, The Rape of Nanking, but you probably don’t know the man who put up the money, Frank Pearl.

It’s Your Call
BY MICHAEL MAREN

As wireless calling rates continue to drop, the incentive to go cellular rises. (Just think: You’ll never have to hunt for a working pay phone again.) If only you could decipher the babble of offers from wireless companies. We translate the technospeak, recommend plans and features, and rate the merits of digital and analog services.

GOTHAM
Alaska Man heads home; the Windsors go on the block
GOTHAM STYLE Top designers offer ideas for school uniforms

DEPARTMENTS
Cityside
BY IVAN SOLOTAROFF

A South Bronx activist fights the banking Establishment -- and wins

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

In a sea of soy, we celebrate two oases of proper Chinese food

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Light opera; shipboard time; Norse of a different color

Sales & Bargains
BY ONDINE COHANE

Special purchases: Perfect choices for items you don’t buy often

THE ARTS
Movies
BY DAVID DENBY

Adam Sandler is so nice The Wedding Singer’s left at the altar

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Freak success: John Leguizamo’s acrobatic, eclectic showcase

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

John Wall’s expressive photographs of lost places and moments

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Longhair music: Samson et Dalila is suspenseful and inventive

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Dark victories: The Ice House chills, The Pentagon Wars outrages

Pop Music
BY BILLY ALTMAN

That old new wave: Three eighties pop craftsmen come around again

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