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May 15, 2000 Issue

"Studies have shown that I am more likely to prescribe a drug after its maker takes me to lunch."
-- Dr. John C. Nelson, "The Straight Dope?"

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FEATURES
The Straight Dope?
BY DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

Two years ago, the antidepressant Celexa was unknown in the U.S. Now, without any clear advantage over its predecessors, it's stealing sales from Prozac, scoring 13 percent of the market. Which raises the question: How do drug-company marketing campaigns -- from coffee mugs to meals at Lespinasse, not to mention the funding of major research projects -- influence doctors' judgment? A hard look at the hard sell.

Prime Minister
BY SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN

Baptist minister Suzan Johnson Cook was tempted by jobs at the White House and Harvard. But she turned both down to tend her flock at Mariners Temple, which she built from a handful of congregants to a stronghold of 1,000 by galvanizing the black middle class in, of all places, Chinatown. Now she's doing it all over again in the Bronx.

Funny Business
BY JOANNE KAUFMAN

What do the Oscars, the Emmies, the Grammys, and the Tonys have in common? Bruce Vilanch, veteran writer of the gags that levitate awards shows. Now, with his own gig, Vilanch finally gets the last laugh.

Concrete Catwalk
BY MARK HOLGATE

This spring, let the streets of New York be your own personal runway -- without trashing your bank account. A guide to style on a shoestring.

GOTHAM
Remembering John Cardinal O'Connor
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Kelly Klein buys a farm
GOTHAM STYLE
The jean jacket, reconsidered

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

Cityside
BY MARK JACOBSON

A writer joins the urban nomads

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES J. CRAMER

When the pros create buying opportunities for the rest of us

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

The world's lightest zoom camera; keeping tabs on your luggage

Smart City
BY SHYAMA PATEL

The city's best boutique opticians

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Low-cost pre-summer makeovers

N.Y. Tech
BY SIMON DUMENCO

Wireless: New free-range gizmos

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Russell Crowe's cutting-edge performance lifts Gladiator

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

Kathryn Harrison lives up to (our worst) expectations

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Till there was you: Rebecca Luker finally gets her turn in Music Man

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

Where art and religion meet

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

In the Met's reborn Ring cycle, beauty is only skin-deep

Pop Music
BY ETHAN BROWN

Was today's teen pop cooked up in some fifties-era laboratory?

The Underground Gourmet
BY ROB PATRONITE & ROBIN RAISFELD

Breaking bread with total strangers in SoHo

CUE
ABT at the Met; RSC at bam; Max Roach salutes Clifford Brown

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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