December 4, 2000 Issue
"It probably doesn't matter much who becomes president in January -- if anyone -- because the real president will be Josiah Bartlet. "
-- Michael Wolff, "The Age of Discovery"
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The Other Political Drama
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
Think the events in Tallahassee have permanently tarnished American politics -- and the presidency a job no sane person could want? Not on The West Wing, in which Hollywood has reinvented the White House as a place where good (but flawed) people try (and sometimes even succeed) to do their work -- just like an emergency room, say, or a law firm. There's a lesson here -- for the politicians and the people.
The "R" Word
Don't be fooled by those gaudy employment numbers. Consumer spending is soft; earnings are plummeting; the Internet boom seems like a bad joke. And the bonuses that have buoyed the city look to be downright modest this winter (at least by Wall Street standards). Who's to blame? None other than Alan Greenspan, who, disturbed by the market's "irrational exuberance," seems to have prepared us for a hard landing. And whose problem will it swiftly become? Welcome to your first crisis, Mr. President.
BY VANESSA GRIGORIADIS
Lourdes Gruart lived the model life: catwalks in Milan and Paris, clubbing with European playboys, dinners at Indochine, shopping sprees at Bergdorf's. But in the past few years, the party wound down. And when she vanished last month, friends were mystified. And her brother, who had made himself comfortably at home in her apartment, says he's mystified, too.
In a new book of photographs, Sharp, Nigel Parry proves that celebrity portraiture can be the liveliest of arts.
Tracking the turmoil in Tallahassee
The Culture Business
The leading auteur of B horror movies is a Yale graduate who once wrote a screenplay for Alain Resnais
BY CANDACE WALSH
Splash test: the best indoor pools
Sales & Bargains
Cool Christmas coffee deals
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life: not worth making again
Baschenis at the Met: still life with kitchens and lutes
Roberta Peters outlasts her peers
Dune: lots of story, hold the Sting
What's with the Wu-Tang Clan?
Marvelous, modestly priced Macelleria in the meat district