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September 4, 2000 Issue

"I never think about where to go; I just go there."
-- Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, on Da Silvano, "The Gang's All Here"

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FEATURES
A Home in Your Range
BY ALLEN SALKIN

So you missed affordable SoHo by twenty years, Park Slope by six, and the Lower East Side by two. Get over it. On the market right now, in areas within easy reach of Manhattan, are stately town houses and charming Victorians that can be had for as little as $220,000 -- no, that is not a misprint.

The Gang's All Here
BY MERYL GORDON

Where do Madonna, Joan Didion, Calvin Klein, and Brad Pitt go for pasta and TLC? To Da Silvano on Sixth Avenue, where they can be doted on by mercurial owner Silvano Marchetto, who has managed to build a superheated restaurant almost without hype, and no, that's not a misprint, either.

Blood Relative
BY JAMES SERVIN

A graphic (and, of course, slightly gothic) tale of coming of age and coming out, Christopher Rice's debut, A Density of Souls, is described by Anne Rice as "devastating as well as brave." Who would argue with Mom?

Cooks Illustrated
BY GILLIAN DUFFY

Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill and fellow chefs from March, Union Square Cafe, and Clementine spend a Sunday on the East End clamming, fishing, digging, picking fresh produce, and putting together a spectacular end-of-summer meal. A diary of their busman's holiday, complete with recipes.

GOTHAM
Patrick Ewing's P.R. foul-out; the down-low on the maker of Dark Days d
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Meet your new Fortune 500 neighbor
GOTHAM STYLE
The hand-woven Nike slip-on: fall's most coveted shoe

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

The National Interest
BY LAWRENCE O'DONNELL JR.

The quadrennial debating game: So far, Bush and Gore have stuck to their roles

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

What brought on the revival of political speeches? Blame Bill

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Noteworthy stationery from Tiffany; Chinese minimalism

Smart City
BY SUZANNE D'AMATO

Getting pretty, fast: eleventh-hour tailors, stylists, and makeup artists

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Attention all bag ladies: where to find vintage Gucci and Dior purses and clutches

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Akira Kurosawa's final film is a vivid meditation on mortality

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

Vampires, private-school girls, and other supernatural beings

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Surprise: a Julius Caesar in the Park that respects the Bard

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Hare's breadth: the playwright's revealing Israeli sojourn

The Underground Gourmet
BY ROB PATRONITE & ROBIN RAISFELD

Imported Italian chefs make Gnocco taste like the real thing

CUE
Jimmy Buffett; the U.S. Open; Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is back; the black-and-white cookie: Can separate be equal?

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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