March 2, 1998 Issue
"Were the only place in civilization that makes this schism: Hes a great man. . . . Unfortunately he cant keep his pants zipped. What if its the same thing?"
-- Mike Nichols, "Carnal Knowledge"
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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 didnt 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
Jack Litman drew fire for his blame-the-victim defense of Robert Chambers. Now, as he represents Columbias alleged cyber attacker, both the strategy and the backlash can be anticipated.
Savior of the Good Book
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 dont know the man who put up the money, Frank Pearl.
Its Your Call
As wireless calling rates continue to drop, the incentive to go cellular rises. (Just think: Youll 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.
Alaska Man heads home; the Windsors go on the block
GOTHAM STYLE Top designers offer ideas for school uniforms
A South Bronx activist fights the banking Establishment -- and wins
In a sea of soy, we celebrate two oases of proper Chinese food
Light opera; shipboard time; Norse of a different color
Sales & Bargains
Special purchases: Perfect choices for items you dont buy often
Adam Sandler is so nice The Wedding Singers left at the altar
BY JOHN SIMON
Freak success: John Leguizamos acrobatic, eclectic showcase
John Walls expressive photographs of lost places and moments
Longhair music: Samson et Dalila is suspenseful and inventive
Dark victories: The Ice House chills, The Pentagon Wars outrages
That old new wave: Three eighties pop craftsmen come around again