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April 27, 1998 Issue

"Sometimes I don’t think we Israelis know how to put aside the strains of daily life and celebrate."
-- Gad Ben-Ari, "Midlife Crisis"

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FEATURES
Midlife Crisis
BY CRAIG HOROWITZ

As Israel turns 50, are American Jews losing their long-standing passion for its survival? Bitter conflicts -- Orthodoxy versus secularism; hard-liners versus peaceniks -- have divided Israel from within and alienated Americans. And even the birthday celebration is causing angry rifts.

A Girlfriend Writes
BY PAUL ALEXANDER

William Shawn, for 35 years The New Yorker’s editor and one of the world’s most private public figures, had one dramatic secret: Reporter Lillian Ross and he carried on a decades-long affair and even raised a child outside Shawn’s 63-year marriage. Now Ross, said to be encouraged by current New Yorker editor Tina Brown, is publishing a memoir. Goings on about town.

Room Service
BY CAROL PRISANT

Turning a two-room disaster into a stylish apartment required everything from enlarging doors and replacing moldings to hunting down pieces to flatter the few gems the clients already owned. Interior designer Thomas O’Brien proves that what you see depends very much on skill you don’t.

GOTHAM
Alienist alienation; Havana pianos; God’s voice mail
GOTHAM STYLE A Voguish play; paintings at the Paramount

DEPARTMENTS
The Culture Business
BY JEREMY GERARD

After five high-flying years, producer Garth Drabinsky stumbles

The Bottom Line
BY ALAN DEUTSCHMAN

The Citigroup merger means the Masters of the Universe will share a letterhead with your bank teller

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

Eat at Joe’s . . . Again: A Village landmark gets a second rehab

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Hand-painted lampshades; an egg-cream kit

Sales & Bargains
BY ONDINE COHANE

Glass menagerie: Free good wine and half-price spectacles

THE ARTS
Movies
BY DAVID DENBY

The Object of My Affection means to be sassy, but it’s squirm-inducing

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

BAM’s stripped-down Othello reveals emotional complexity

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Great Britten: Paul Bunyan returns after two decades

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

Eliot Feld’s noble social experiment fails for lack of rigor

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

An insouciant Merlin; a rapturous Helen Mirren

Pop Music
BY ETHAN SMITH

P of the city: The Artist, live in New York

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