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April 26, 1999 Issue

"Male writers have always had characters like this, promiscuous yet good-hearted young men trying to make their way through life. This is the female version."
-- Author Katie Roiphe, from "Keeping Up With Ms. Jones"

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FEATURES
The Luxury Wars
BY DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

No offense to designer Tom Ford, but Gucci's most electrifying show this spring happened backstage, as Bernard Arnault, chairman of French luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH, tried to add Gucci to his collection of fashion's biggest names. Gucci fought back with stunning ferocity, partnering with an LVMH rival to create a competing stable of high-end labels. The Dutch courts will decide who's the fashion victim.

Keeping Up With Ms. Jones
BY SARAH BERNARD

Bridget, that is. Sex and the Single Girl meets the nineties: Just in time for summer, a crop of Stateside Bridget Jones wannabes is appearing in novel form (screenplays in tow). Over 30 and gainfully employed, this young woman used to be an object of sympathy. Now everyone wants to know what she's doing on Saturday night (staying home, writing a best-seller, no doubt).

The Basher Bashed
BY MERYL GORDON

Brilliant, rakish, and a gleeful idol-smasher (the scourge of Mother Theresa and Princess Di), columnist Christopher Hitchens is an irresistible draw among writers and editors. But when he ratted out best friend and Clinton mouthpiece Sidney Blumenthal, the Fourth Estate turned on him. What drives Hitchens to drink prodigiously -- and periodically blow up his life?

Millionaires' Row
Michael Wolff puts the tough questions to some of Silicon Alley's nouveauest rich: Is content really king again? When will Internet companies make actual money? And what happens when the bubble bursts? Plus, our spring tech-toy roundup, from the sleekest cell phone to the smartest car.

GOTHAM
Heroes wanted:What keeps M.D.'s from flying to the rescue in Central Europe?
GOTHAM STYLE Rock-and-roll poses; tanned noses

DEPARTMENTS
Cityside
BY MARK JACOBSON

Smoke and mirrors: How a couch turned a store into a hangout

The National Interest
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Kosovo is the latest international litmus test for the boomer generation; how will history rule?

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

Daniel -- a palace for the palate, despite the dreary décor

MARKETPLACE
Smart City
BY PATRICK CULLEN

Raising the speed limit on the info superhighway

Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Gray shirts, gingham slippers, and girly dishes

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

On the trail of Gypsy style chic enough for the Hamptons

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Kate Winslet's exotic Hideous Kinky is the anti-Titanic

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Judi Dench and David Hare collaborate brilliantly in Amy's View

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

The Met's glorious new Greek galleries, a museum in themselves

CUE
New York Magazine's weekly guide to entertainment and the arts.

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