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March 15, 1999 Issue

"People listen when you mention Howard's name. I like to be taken seriously. Howard has taken me seriously. He's like my uncle. My samurai uncle."
-- Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, from "Spinning As Fast As He Can"

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FEATURES
Spinning As Fast As He Can
BY MICHAEL GROSS

Nasty divorce? Image problem? Rumor to kill (or spread)? When boldfacers need a media blitz, they call Howard Rubenstein. Lately the power flack has been raising money for politicians (Giuliani and Gore) -- and questions about conflicts of interest.

Photoplay
BY E. JEAN CARROLL

Here's Paul with Rosie. Paul with Liam. Paul with Leo. Paul with Gwyneth. With Hillary. Even Yassir Arafat. Lonely guy turned obsessive shutterbug Paul Walton is always ready for his close-up with celebrity.

Bittersweet Nothings
BY JENNIFER SENIOR

Nicole's gone; get over it. What Patrick Marber's Closer lacks in nudity, this new Broadway play more than makes up in take-no-prisoners sex talk.

Delusions of Grandeur
BY DOUGLAS COOPER

Go East. There's never been a better time. The Asian economic crisis has made luxurious digs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and Bali accessible to the budget traveler. There's only one drawback: You may never want to leave your five-star room to check out the local color.

GOTHAM
Anthrax mailings; stylists are the real Oscar stars
GOTHAM STYLE A fabulous new color combination reminiscent of -- the Broncos?

DEPARTMENTS
Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

The Fourth Estate dines out on Christopher Hitchens

Hollywood
BY NIKKI FINKE

Has Miramax gone too far to win the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love?

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENTSTEIN

Tabla achieves nirvana, even for Indian-food naysayers

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Great escapes: a lamp that travels; a watch that's out of this world

Smart City
BY ROB PATRONITE

The common burger goes gourmet

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Low-tech pens and paper for love notes, thank-yous, brush-offs

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

De Niro lightens up (finally!) in the too-earnest Analyze This

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

Searing? Wrenching? Two slim novels as thin as the tomes

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Bernadette Peters plays too cute in a p.c. Annie Get Your Gun

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

The prickly mood of the sixties avant-garde, recaptured

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

Jerome Robbins's talents (and tricks) in a lively City Ballet tribute

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Big star, small movie: Brando weighs in on Free Money

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