June 15, 1998 Issue
"I had to sit down with my baby-sitter and explain to her she was going to have to function as another parent in the household. I said, Basically, youre my other half."
-- An Upper East Side Housewife, "Widows on the World"
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Widows on the World
BY RALPH GARDNER JR.
It sure looks like the good life: Park Avenue perch, ample staff, perfect kids. The gilded cage of the Wall Street wife has never been quite so well-appointed, and as the market booms, the money-and-power-besotted husbands who feather the nest work nonstop. The wives, meanwhile have their charities, their kids, their lunches -- and their loneliness to cope with.
New Journalist turned cyberhead Michael Wolff saw it all: His start-up Internet company was on the fast track to scoring on Wall Street until it crashed like an overworked PC. His new book, Burn Rate, is a Liars Poker for the Net set.
World Blues Tonight
As he finally takes over ABC News, David Westin has to contend with shaky ratings, giant egos, a disaster of a morning show, and the indelible presence of Roone Arledge (not to mention that nosy Mouseketeer holding the purse strings). This ABC isnt so simple.
In Ally Sheedys new independent movie, High Art, she plays a troubled lesbian artist trying to reclaim a bit of her early, spectacular success. Sheedy -- dancer with ABT by 6, published author by 12, Brat Packer and recovering bulimic by 20 -- says shes never played a part so close to her own life. The fire is back.
The Culture Business
BY JEREMY GERARD
For the happy hawkers of the Great White Way, the T-shirts are as important as the show
A diminutive but fierce former Family Court judge now courts stardom on daytime TV
The Insatiable Critic
Montrachets continuing cachet; a tasting of $19.98 summer lunches
Cool cars for your cuffs; a puzzling bookcase; sybaritic stuff for the bathroom
Easy riding: A safe-driving class for the new breed of bikers
Sales & Bargains
Tangled up in blue: Azure plates, sharp suits, and sparkling topaz
BY DAVID DENBY
Michael Douglass magnetism grounds A Perfect Murder; the languorous seriousness of High Art
Capitalism -- both bad and beneficent -- is the protagonist of Richard Powerss Gain
Old wives tale: Henry VIII makes human drama out of pure pomp
Andrew Wyeth and Edward Burne-Jones, seen past their reputations