April 5, 1999 Issue
"Some are doing the touchy-feely spiritual stuff, but there is a more hard-assed approach here. In California, it's an aesthetic thing."
--Ron Hoffman, M.D., from "Second Opinion"
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BY NINA BURLEIGH
California isn't the capital of alternative medicine anymore. Wealthy Manhattanites are flocking to their own local shamans, spiritualists, crystal healers, herbalists, and Chinese masters. Meet New York's new medical Establishment, but bring your checkbook (HMOs won't foot the bill) and, in some cases, a healthy dose of skepticism.
Shakespeare's Baby Sister
Eighteen-year-old ingenue Julia Stiles is starring in three upcoming film adaptations of the Bard, and she still hasn't graduated from high school.
Is it any surprise that the recent court decision against gun manufacturers took place in federal udge Jack Weinstein's Brooklyn courtroom? For 32 years, he's been a model for other activist judges who use their gavels as weapons.
Strut Your Stuff
The fall collections in New York, London, Paris, and Milan are dividing fashion followers into two warring camps: sleek, urbane, and black-on-black on the one hand; boho, arty, and mix-and-match on the other. The two contrasting schools brook no compromise: Crossing of party lines or fence-sitting is not allowed.
Is book editor Judith Regan a grown-up version of Monica Lewinsky? Consider the evidence.
|The Bottom Line|
BY JAMES SUROWIECKI
Hip-hop magazines are starting to become major media players
Steve Hanson's new Ruby Foo's is a Chinese-themed Candyland
Pastels -- plush, plastic, edible -- for your Easter buddy
Ethnic neighborhoods that haven't been Disneyfied
Sales & Bargains
Movie memorabilia can turn your apartment into a street of dreams
EDtv insults its audience's, and its actors', intelligence
BY JOHN SIMON
Patrick Marber's sexy Closer cuts like a scalpel; Street of Dreams sings like a bird
"Museum As Muse" offers up a century of artists biting the hands that feed them
Light touch: Two by Ravel, perfectly presented on Sendak's sets
Bill Moyers revisits South Africa's past in the emotional Facing the Truth