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July 24, 2000 Issue

"With crack, you could say, 'These people are doing it and those people aren't.' You can't do that with ecstasy -- everyone's doing it."
-- Gary Murray, U.S. Customs' Ecstasy Task Force, "Feelgood Follies"

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FEATURES
Feelgood Follies
BY ETHAN BROWN

No longer just the drug of choice for club kids, ecstasy has become as ubiquitous as coke in the eighties, but with little of coke's nasty rep. The yuppies and private-school kids and party animals who are turning on mean big business for dealers and smugglers -- even Sammy the Bull got into the act -- and big problems for U.S. Customs agents determined to stop the flood of pills pouring through Kennedy.

Meigher Mortal
BY CARL SWANSON

When preppy, dapper former Time Inc. golden boy Chris Meigher told people he was going to create a new kind of magazine company based on passion, quality, and equity stakes for employees, they believed him. And when Meigher Communications' Saveur won a National Magazine Award for excellence its first year out of the gate, it seemed the dream was within reach. But soon, with plans collapsing and partners bickering, many wondered if Meigher's magazine utopia was built on hot air.

Multiculti Mama
BY LOGAN HILL

Performer, composer, choreographer, and poet Meredith Monk has been mixing it up for more than three decades -- and she's still casting her spell.

Following His Muse
BY STEVE BODOW

Andrew Rasiej is a man of many talents (and even more connections): nightlife impresario, education philanthropist, political adviser, and real-estate consultant. And now his Digital Club Network is Webcasting live concerts around the country for anyone to access -- a totally legal Napster. All he has to do is figure out how it can make money.

GOTHAM
Busting up a real-life boiler room; Keanu Reeves sells out
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Titanium mania: Wake us when this trend is over
GOTHAM STYLE
Ready for the men's sarong?

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Campaign confidential: What you won't read in the papers

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Will Amazon's Jeff Bezos survive Harry Potter's sorcery?

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Toys that'll teach your kid to speak French; surfer totes

Smart City
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL

Beautifully convenient: salons and spas with extended hours

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Beautifully convenient: salons and spas with extended hours

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

The director's heroics make a success of X-Men

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

The magic behind Harry Potter isn't so mysterious after all

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

A free Winter's Tale isn't worth the price of admission

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

La Bohème gets a new life in the beleaguered Paris of 1914

The Insatiable Critic
BY GAEL GREENE

Shelly Fireman's decadent side; Larry Forgione looks down on Times Square

CUE
De La Soul and Biz Markie; the Bolshoi Ballet; Nathan Lane; Weegee's weird pics

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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