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November 29, 1999 Issue

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Holiday Gifts
BY CORKY POLLAN

FEATURES
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Is your holiday-gift list turning out to be more complicated than a tax return? Corky steers you to the cool and the classy in all price brackets, from 50 ideas under $50 (a watch made of Legos, anyone?) to five under $5,000 (a Cartier diamond pendant? A Gucci fireplace set?). And for the truly generous, some surprising things $100,000 will buy (a school library, no less).

A Store for All Reasons

Designer boutiques are taking high style to new lengths, with an eye to not only what you're wearing but how you're living: Coach has branched out from preppy handbags to chamois ottomans and sofas; DKNY's new flagship sells salsa CDs and Ducati bikes alongside sweaters and skirts. Four stores that offer more for stylish giving.

Shopping Networked
BY STEPHANIE SAULMON
Why buck the tide of tourists at FAO Schwarz when you can punch up all the electronic Pokémon action figures your kids crave on its briskly efficient Website? Everything on Santa's list, from Boulud's caviar to a Noguchi coffee table, can be found in our Web gift guide.

High-Tech Toys
BY SIMON DUMENCO
Don't know what to get the gadget geek in your life? How about a Web-ready phone, the latest MP3 player, a hybrid DVD/CD player, or the thinnest, lightest ThinkPad yet?

The Homemaker
BY ALEX WILLIAMS
Since his disappearance from American shores almost a decade ago, Sir Terence Conran has busied himself reinventing the London restaurant scene with vast, flashy meccas and mounted a comeback in the high-style home-furnishings business. Now Britain's grand guru of Euro-cool good living is making an all-out assault on New York in Bridgemarket, the cathedral-like space beneath the Queensboro Bridge that has become a graveyard for a generation of developers' dreams. At 68, can this ambassador of Continental good living quiet the ghosts?

Australian for Funny
BY ERIC KONIGSBERG
The hilarious sadism of Dame Edna Everage, played by Barry Humphries, achieved pop cultural status in most English-speaking countries decades ago. But she never caught on in this country -- until now, when Broadway theatergoers are lining up to be put down by the great lady. So is Humphries ready for Hollywood? Dame Edna may have something to say about that.

GOTHAM
Loose sprockets: German tourists who like to tag graffiti on NYC subway cars
GOTHAM STYLE Not a pretty site? E-commerce and the beauty biz

DEPARTMENTS
Hollywood
BY NIKKI FINKE

"Page Six" didn't kill agent Jay Moloney; Hollywood did

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

After The National Enquirer, will there be any magazines left for Roger Black to redesign?

Cityside
BY MICHAEL SHAPIRO

Since Elisa Izquierdo, the press has shown zero interest in covering child-welfare issues

MARKETPLACE

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Stepping out in style: where to get your New Year's Eve shoes now

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

In All About My Mother, Pedro Almodóvar celebrates women as the source of fiction

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

The Barthelme brothers make the most of their self-deception

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

In The Price, Arthur Miller sticks to what he knows best: family feuds and money

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

The New York Philharmonic catches the Y2K bug

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Twenty years later, Harvey Milk's killer, Dan White, remains an enigma

Pop Music
BY ETHAN BROWN

Is Beck as conflicted as he sounds? Could Prince be any more self-absorbed?

Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

At Atlas, an ambitious young chef drops the ball, then recovers

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