September 27, 1999 Issue
"If it wasn't for this offense done to the Palestinians in 1947 and 1948, Edward would have become what he basically already is: A New York Jewish intellectual."
-- Christopher Hitchens, "A Palestinian's State"
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BY CORKY POLLAN
What, exactly, are you looking for? A deluxe Art Deco martini shaker? The perfect strand of saltwater pearls? Best Bets sleuth Corky Pollan knows the most promising places to shop for everything from bamboo fly rods to Queen Anne mirrors; from chocolate truffles to David Copperfield's magic tricks. Plus: Corky's exclusive guide to by-appointment-only stores, prized by insiders for their owners' eclectic, eccentric collections.
A Palestinian's State
Edward Said's careerlong attack on American Mideast policy has always derived an increased urgency from his own tale of childhood flight from Jerusalem. But now the Columbia intellectual, whose intimate circle includes Daniel Barenboim, Christopher Hitchens, and Jean Stein, stands accused of having made it all up. Readers of Said's new memoir, Out of Place, will have to judge for themselves whether he has played the victim game to political ends -- or if "emotional exiles" have rights, too.
The Smart Money
Now that Christine Todd Whitman has bowed out, Jon Corzine is suddenly a real -- perhaps the leading -- candidate for Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat. The hirsute former Goldman, Sachs head -- an unlikely liberal Democrat who was ousted last winter -- has never been elected to public office. But he does have a lot of money (about $300 million) to spend on a campaign. Does he really want to make the world a better place, as he says, or is this just an expensive midlife crisis?
The malling of Manhattan, but in a good way; Ernst & Young's corporate playpen
GOTHAM STYLE Skin jewelry; pocket boots; do boys just want to be girls?
The FALN brouhaha shows what New York will do to a wishy-washy candidate
As with all new-media hustles, to make money on the conference circuit you'd better be on the right side of the business plan
In Hell's Kitchen, Hollywood hair-brain Orlando Pita shops for the tools of his trade
Kevin Costner's sappy For Love of the Game is the unBull Durham
BY WALTER KIRN
Frank McCourt pays tribute to goodness and vitality -- his own
Forget creepy mummies and gold sarcophagi; "Egyptian Art" at the Met is a celebration of life
Given David Kelley's track record, it's too soon to write off Snoops
Larry Forgione's new-old restaurants are half comeback, half throwback