December 6, 1999 Issue
"The evidence might indicate not that the decade was a product of the Internet but the opposite. It's the fantasies of people kicked out of the old economy that made the Internet come alive."
-- Michael Wolff, "A Decade of E's"
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A Decade of E's
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
Remember downsizing? The decade that began with the sullen contemplation of reduced expectations is ending at the height of the greatest economic expansion in history -- one built on the fervent belief in a technology that has thus far produced few profits while minting a whole new generation of megamillionaires. The Internet itself has changed many lives, but the dream of the Internet has changed many more.
Being John McCain
Blunt talk, war-hero charisma, and a total-access policy have put Arizona senator John McCain into a virtual dead heat with George W. Bush in New Hampshire. He's the anti-Clinton, a backlash candidate, and his presentation is so effective that some say they'll vote for him even if they don't agree with his pro-life, anti-gun-control politics. George W is worried. And the Democrats should be, too.
Barneys in the Black
Allen Questrom, the new CEO of Barneys, made his name as a turn-around king at Federated stores. Now he's attempting to bring Barneys back from the brink, refurbishing the Co-op while opening the Warehouse as a new downtown outpost. But balancing the demands of creditors and chichi customers means protecting Gene Pressman's edgy glamour while imposing a grown-up respect for the bottom line that the store hasn't known since Fred Pressman stood guard at 17th and Seventh.
Gabby Karan may have left her mother's nest, but, as a peek inside her stunning SoHo loft shows, she definitely inherited Donna's minimalist sense of style.
The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY
Hill says yes. Now can we cut the hysteria?
The Culture Business
How Matt Blank turned Showtime from cable-TV also-ran into high-quality contender
Magnetic wooden dreidels, a travel menorah, and other Hanukkah treasures
This holiday season, do your shopping at the outlets and keep your Christmas spirit
Sales & Bargains
When sending holiday greetings, take matters into your own hands
Brush up your Cole: An overcooked revival of Kiss Me, Kate delivers only intermittent pleasures
BY MARK STEVENS
Futurama: three inspiring visions of the future from the past
Avant-garde maestro Pierre Boulez looks back (but not too far)
Suzanne Farrell's young dancers capture the spirit of Balanchine
Sony's version of twentieth-century music sounds an awful lot like "Hail, Columbia"
The Insatiable Critic
Kapitalism triumphs at the new Russian Tea Room