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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, you’re my other half.’"
-- An Upper East Side Housewife, "Widows on the World"

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FEATURES
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.

Chip Beef
BY JAMES SUROWIECKI

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 Liar’s Poker for the Net set.

World Blues Tonight
BY MERYL GORDON

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 isn’t so simple.

After Breakfast
BY ALISSA QUART

In Ally Sheedy’s 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 she’s never played a part so close to her own life. The fire is back.

GOTHAM
India vs. Pakistan in New York; hockey gets rolling; a star chef defends food carts
GOTHAM STYLE New York goes to the prom

DEPARTMENTS
The Culture Business
BY JEREMY GERARD

For the happy hawkers of the Great White Way, the T-shirts are as important as the show

The Image
BY BARBARA LIPPERT

A diminutive but fierce former Family Court judge now courts stardom on daytime TV

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

Montrachet’s continuing cachet; a tasting of $19.98 summer lunches

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Cool cars for your cuffs; a puzzling bookcase; sybaritic stuff for the bathroom

The Goods
BY MANNY HOWARD

Easy riding: A safe-driving class for the new breed of bikers

Sales & Bargains
BY ONDINE COHANE

Tangled up in blue: Azure plates, sharp suits, and sparkling topaz

THE ARTS
Movies
BY DAVID DENBY

Michael Douglas’s magnetism grounds A Perfect Murder; the languorous seriousness of High Art

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

Capitalism -- both bad and beneficent -- is the protagonist of Richard Powers’s Gain

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Old wives’ tale: Henry VIII makes human drama out of pure pomp

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

Andrew Wyeth and Edward Burne-Jones, seen past their reputations

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