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November 15, 1999 Issue

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FEATURES
Failing at Four
BY RALPH GARDNER JR.

Why are Manhattan's 4-year-olds cramming for tests and meeting with tutors at an age when most kids make their first friends, play with blocks, and watch Barney? Because their parents are worried that if they don't score high on the ERB, an aptitude test required by the best kindergartens, they'll never get back on track, to the right college, a good job, a happy life. Critics say the test doesn't measure creativity, social intelligence, or many other traits that make a child special. Should the rat race really start in preschool?

The Numbers Racket
BY NILE LANNING

In some New York households, SAT tutors have become surrogate parents, therapists, and, since some can raise an SAT score by 150 points or more, guarantors of a bright future. The author, a veteran tutor, has seen firsthand the problems that the obsession with test scores can create. A true tale of higher education and familial dysfunction.

The Culture Vulture
BY KEVIN GRAY

Bob Sillerman has become the AT&T of concert promoters by buying out local live-music venues and theaters nationwide and weaving them seamlessly into his publicly traded conglomerate, SFX Entertainment. He's reinvented the industry, and made a lot of people rich. But should one man be in control of so much of the country's culture?

Franchise Players
BY DOUGLAS ANTHONY COOPER

Deciding on a Caribbean resort is no day at the beach. To make it easier, our reporter tirelessly ran the gamut of all the latest resorts, from Ian Fleming's former getaway in Jamaica (Naomi Campbell's personal pick) to Time Out in Barbados, a veritable sports bar by the sea that hosts three happy hours a day.

GOTHAM
A day in the life of a 27-year-old restaurant mogul
GOTHAM STYLE Mink
bustiers ; Darryl K boot-cuts, for him

DEPARTMENTS
The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Who are the undecided voters, and what will Rudy and Hillary do to get them?

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Why Fast Company has heat while Talk turns cold

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Vicente Wolfe's new design shop; Museum-grade handbags; marionettes made easy

Smart City
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Soft Packs: Six unconventional carry-ons that will turn your vacation into a trip

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

A savvy shopper's guide to this winter's best coat deals

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Even the heroes have their own agenda in The Insider

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

The Manhattan Theatre Club makes a double play

Theater
BY MARK STEVENS

Photographer Daido Moriyama's profound artlessness

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Houdini the Great's magical metaphor for freedom

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

American Ballet Theatre shows the many faces of love

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

When it comes to Ric Burns, familiarity breeds contentment

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

The gang's all here at the new Mortimer's, er, Swifty's

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