April 27, 1998 Issue
"Sometimes I dont think we Israelis know how to put aside the strains of daily life and celebrate."
-- Gad Ben-Ari, "Midlife Crisis"
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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
William Shawn, for 35 years The New Yorkers editor and one of the worlds 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 Shawns 63-year marriage. Now Ross, said to be encouraged by current New Yorker editor Tina Brown, is publishing a memoir. Goings on about town.
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 OBrien proves that what you see depends very much on skill you dont.
The Culture Business
BY JEREMY GERARD
After five high-flying years, producer Garth Drabinsky stumbles
The Bottom Line
The Citigroup merger means the Masters of the Universe will share a letterhead with your bank teller
The Insatiable Critic
Eat at Joes . . . Again: A Village landmark gets a second rehab
Hand-painted lampshades; an egg-cream kit
Sales & Bargains
Glass menagerie: Free good wine and half-price spectacles
The Object of My Affection means to be sassy, but its squirm-inducing
BY JOHN SIMON
BAMs stripped-down Othello reveals emotional complexity
Great Britten: Paul Bunyan returns after two decades
Eliot Felds noble social experiment fails for lack of rigor
An insouciant Merlin; a rapturous Helen Mirren
P of the city: The Artist, live in New York