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September 20, 1999 Issue

"It's kind of chipped away at her whole persona. Like she's been caught in the act of doing something . . . human."
--An editor at Vogue, from "Wintour's Tale"

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FEATURES
Wintour's Tale

Land's End
BY KEVIN GRAY

Vogue editor Anna Wintour has famously armored herself with an imperious, almost androidlike coolness, but this year chinks of humanity became visible: First her fifteen-year marriage collapsed after word spread of her afternoon dalliances with a Texas telecommunications billionaire; then a rival publisher poached protégée Kate Betts to run Harper's Bazaar. But if her enemies smelled blood, S.I. Newhouse's acquisition of WWD and W last month should make them think again.

Mary, Queen of Hip-Hop Soul
BY ETHAN BROWN

Mary J. Blige made her name by singing R&B with a rapper's edge: Instead of crooning about boys, she gave us gritty songs about broken promises and unpaid bills. On her new album, she's keeping it real -- "I am every young girl in every hood" -- but there are glimmers of hope.

Bush's Battle Plan
BY HELEN THORPE

As George W.'s campaign generals see it, Texas is a lock, brother Jeb will deliver Florida, and California is already on the defensive (Reagan Democrats, rise up!). That leaves New York, a state his father once lost by only 2 percent of the vote. But George W. is a man with a plan and a surprisingly deep network of F.O.G.'s: formidable New York friends and followers -- ranging from liberal Democrats to grizzled Republican pols -- who think they can make Texans of us all.

GOTHAM
Flatiron vs. Flatiron; too-late travel tips for Martin Frankel
GOTHAM STYLE
Flatiron vs. The discerning crasher's guide to Fashion Week's must-see events

DEPARTMENTS
Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Media cheerleading aside, the CBS-Viacom deal is more about stock price than about synergy

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Moroccan mosaic; the world's most sophisticated air pump

Smart City
BY MICHAEL STEELE

Picture this: Shops where you won't pay Picasso prices to frame your prints

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Picture this: Shops where you won't pay Picasso prices to frame your prints

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

American Beauty attempts to raise midlife burnout to the level of tragedy

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Beyond all the buzz, there are actually a few fall shows -- Action, Judging Amy -- worth seeing

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

Beyond all the buzz, there are actually a few fall shows -- Action, Judging Amy -- worth seeing

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