September 25, 2000 Issue
"All this crap about 'coming out'! I don't think I have ever really been in."
-- Liz Smith, "Straight Dope"
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BY LISA DEPAULO
After 50 years of prying into the personal affairs of celebrities, gossip columnist Liz Smith offers up her own in Natural Blonde. So is she, or isn't she? While her first, heartbreaking romance with a woman is included, so are more than a few affairs with men, some consummated, most not. Like the time she fell in love with Rock Hudson . . .
Dish du Jour
Put Liz Smith in a room with Jeannette Walls, Joanna Molloy, and Michael Musto, and the talk turns to the occupational hazards of gossip: being seduced by celebrities, getting burned by publicists, losing your friends -- or your access. And, of course, how long Angelina and Billy Bob will last.
Head of the Class
We tend to see schools chancellors as tragic figures waiting to happen. But don't fret over Harold Levy just yet: The former Citigroup executive brings Fortune 500 bona fides and a network of powerful friends (not to mention his own apartment) to the task of fixing a system in disarray. And since being run out of town isn't an option, he's ready to go for broke.
What's the most well-adjusted beach town in America? If it's August, it's Wellfleet, Massachusetts, where New York therapists retreat en masse to get their heads together. But the doctors who help patients find perspective for a living often find it hard to get in touch with their vacationing selves.
Record companies fight the power of Napster; the city's top chefs order out for sushi
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Al Roker's $3 million townhouse
Harry Potter glasses take the city's middle schools by storm
The City Politic
Rick held his own with Hill, but is that enough for a resurgence?
The Bottom Line
Howard Kurtz's book doesn't follow the money: Sell-side analysts have more conflicts than the media
Will in-car audio kill the radio star?
A store you can call home; pocket-size binoculars
Exercise classes that will pull you out of the workout doldrums
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BY SHYAMA PATEL
Boot up your wardrobe this fall with some knee-high knockoffs
Gwyneth Paltrow sings for her supper in Duets
Michael Chabon's "comic" novel
Ralph Fiennes is every inch the king
A disc devoted to Verdi finds Andrea Bocelli out of his league
Madonna gets back into the groove
Orsay is no clone of the old Mortimer's -- thank heavens