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August 21, 2000 Issue

"I cried when I watched the announcement. And let me tell you, this is going to resonate all across the country, with African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and all immigrants who came here looking for a better life."
-- Former State Attorney General Robert Abrams, "The Chosen One"

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FEATURES
The Chosen One

When Al Gore selected Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman, who just so happens to be an Orthodox Jew, as his running mate, all agreed he was eminently qualified to be vice-president. So what does his religion have to do with it? Craig Horowitz reports on the cultural and political repercussions of Gore's bold move. And a roundtable of Jewish leaders, businesspeople, journalists, and artists debates anti-Semitism, assimilation, and the position of Jews in America in the wake of Lieberman's selection.

Romance Languages
BY JENNIFER SENIOR

Can it be that the fate of Harlequin romances, the nation's most beloved bodice-rippers, rests in the hands of a Radcliffe girl who rides a motorcycle and collects plastic superheroes? It can be, and it is. Isabel Swift takes no issue with heaving bosoms -- quite the contrary. But must all romances be set in Texas?

A Jones for the Beach
BY GREG DONALDSON

Every June, they battle the breakers to become Jones Beach lifeguards; only the best get to sit in the chair. Some stay for a lifetime. A twenty-year veteran explains the lure of the ocean, the durability of friendships, and the pleasure of working nearly naked among the nearly naked hordes.

Back to Cool
BY MARK HOLGATE

Nine college sophomores tell freshmen heading for the city what to pack -- from French Connection to flea-market finds -- to look like a native. And don't forget the attitude.

GOTHAM
Howard Safir's surprise supporters; Hamptons hoaxer hoaxed
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Sandra Bernhard scores a Chelsea loft; $15 million for a spot in Ira Rennert's shadow
GOTHAM STYLE
Eames chairs at JFK; salon sessions to go

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

What the Lieberman nod really means for Hillary

The National Interest
BY LAWRENCE O'DONNELL JR.

Gore's choice: Is it good for the Democrats?

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

A wool runner that goes the distance; hot glasses for cold soups

Smart City
BY BRIAN FARNHAM

Scaling the tips: How much to pay waiters, supers, SoHo bouncers

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Leaders of the pack: Book bags no kid can resist

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

John Waters gets DeMented, but he's all wet; God and Mick at Altamont

Architecture
BY JOSEPH GIOVANNINI

The Schragerization of brand-name hotels

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Mostly Mozart's brilliant Bach

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

222 -- a place for spooning

CUE
Ramblin' JackElliot explains it all for you; the Fringe Festival; Pokémon live

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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