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December 7, 1998 Issue

"My girls are my conduit to the underground. They've got their fingers in the pulse of the popular-culture scene today."
-- Tommy Hilfiger, "Good Publicity"

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FEATURES
Good Publicity
BY VANESSA GRIGORIADIS

A younger, feistier (and, dare we say, perkier) set of publicists have the toniest designers, the trendiest bars, and the most tractable journalists at their beck and cell-phone call. Alternately best friends and bitter enemies, they've also made the city's nightlife look a lot like high school. Peggy Siegal, watch your back.

No-Win Situation
BY CHRIS SMITH

Jonathan Levin's mother wasn't the only one offended by Anthony Ricco's aggressive defense of her son's killer, Corey Arthur. But proving that the legal system isn't a popularity contest is Ricco's personal mission.

The Toughest Call
BY SUSAN BRENNA

Your child's life is in danger, and the world-class specialists you've enlisted disagree on a course of action. The pressure is terrific, the outcome frighteningly uncertain. And you're the one who has to make the decision. Right now. An intimate look into the lives of parents -- and kids -- who've been there.

Stern Bows
BY ALEXANDRA LANGE

Can Robert A.M. Stern, the flamboyant new dean of Yale's architecture school, win hearts and minds in academia with his Disney showmanship?

Off the Block
BY VANESSA GRIGORIADIS

When the new just won't do, socialites, designers, and fanatics turn to the William Doyle Gallery's high-drama couture auctions.

GOTHAM
B&N's aggressive astrology; the Harlem Boys Choir gets down
GOTHAM STYLE A necklace that only looks like a million; the oldest overalls

DEPARTMENTS
Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Mort's pattern of highbrow hires for the middlebrow Daily News

Cityside
BY CHRIS FRANCESCANI

Even the PBA is no longer a closed shop

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

Regine's Rage is the place to be for buxom babes of a certain age

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Stop time: Watches for the wacky, well-bred, and winsome

Smart City
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL

Face off: The newest facials, from soothing to sandblasting

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Don't despair -- these tailors can rework, reweave, and resurrect

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Insectopia: A Bug's Life is both amusing and technically amazing

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

No death wish for On the Town

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

Zen -- the real thing -- shines at an exhibit of modern monks' works

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Luciano's musical sense, like his voice, has run dry

Pop Music
BY ETHAN SMITH

Beck's folk-pop stylings; R.E.M.'s electronic dabblings

CUE
Psycho returns; Emmylou resurfaces; juice on the run; exhibiting the avant-garde

Intelligencer
(Gossip)

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