October 2, 2000 Issue
"I've been trying to invent a new cliché to replace 'stepping up.' That's the most overused term in sports."
-- Mike Piazza, "September Rain"
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BY CHRIS SMITH
This year's Mets have talent, character, team spirit, personality -- everything but a winning record in September. With losing come questions. Mike Piazza wonders who will play Greg Luzinski to his Mike Schmidt. Bobby Valentine wonders whether the "clowns" from the media will cut his team a break. And loyalists wonder if it's possible to keep on loving a team that disappoints. (Ask a Red Sox fan.) A portrait of a team on the brink.
Art and Commerce
Recent prices brought by Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst prove that an eighties-style art market is upon us. But along with pickled carcasses and porcelain nudes, a new controversy has arisen: Auction houses have begun pumping the reputations (and prices) of contemporary artists -- often before the paint on the work is even dry -- leaving the galleries that represent them out of the picture altogether.
A Time to Heel
On a rare visit to New York, pump maestro Manolo Blahnik greeted his grateful public. But why, he wondered, did these women keep handing him their shoes? "It's on your foot, eh? I don't want to touch it."
Houston, We Have a Musical
Twenty years ago, the country flipped for mechanical bulls and rhinestone cowboys, John Travolta and Debra Winger. Now, as Urban Cowboy lopes toward Broadway, Latham recounts his own journey with a modern hero.
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL AND IAN SPIEGELMAN
Maybe Bush could have saved some of that good press for a rainy day
Chelsea's modernist mecca; a fresh take on the Fair Isle sweater
The procrastinator's guide to good eating on Rosh Hashanah
Sales & Bargains
Fall-foliage tours upstate shouldn't rake up your budget
In Best in Show, Christopher Guest goofs on puppy love
Gore Vidal's The Best Man acidly sketches presidential politics
BY MICHAEL BRENSON
Don't judge the Guggenheim's Amazons of the Avant-Garde by its silly title
Can diva du jour Lauren Flanigan fill the shoes of Beverly Sills?
Country star Emmylou Harris gets a smooth new sound
All of Brasserie 8 1/2 is a stage, and the diners in it players
Deadline is the Law & Order of hard-boiled pressroom dramas