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December 11, 2000 Issue

"He's a man who has decided to create the world he dreams of, and he has been more successful at it than anyone I've ever met."
-- Jim Kelly, "The Graydon Gatsby"

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FEATURES
The Graydon Gatsby
BY JENNIFER SENIOR

Some of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's friends believe he's a figment of his own imagination -- and some of them actually mean it in a good way. He's reinvented himself several times, from Canadian, Kerouac-reading college dropout to gleeful skewerer of the pompous and overrated as co-editor of Spy to Anglophile gatekeeper of the inner sanctum of American celebrity -- and lunch date of the people he used to torment. Now, however, he's learning that the VIP room can get rather lonely.

Custom of the City
BY VICTORIA C. ROWAN

A decorator's Rolodex contains much more than antiques dealers. The city has a profusion of artisans who'll do one-of-a-kind work on your home. A guide to the mural painters, fabric designers, upholsterers, sculptors, lighting designers, and others who'll help you realize your vision.

Split Decision
BY ROBERT KOLKER

It took Korean-born Kay Lowinger nineteen years to work up the courage to leave her controlling husband, Lou, the prodigal son of a wealthy Borough Park family. And when she finally did, she took away little but her pride. However, spurred on by her adult children and supported by a long-ago promise, she sued for a de facto divorce settlement. The defendant? Her mother-in-law.

GOTHAM
The tech bloodbath hasn't scared off everyone -- Lynn Forester, FirstMark's founder and co-chairman, is actually planning an IPO
Real Estate: Carl Swanson
Style

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL AND IAN SPIEGELMAN

The Election
BY ELIZABETH MITCHELL

The most controversial transition in history will be handled by Andy Card, one of the least controversial Republicans in Washington

The Culture Business
BY JEREMY GERARD

With three shows moving to Broadway this season, Manhattan Theatre Club is proving the adage "There's no profit like nonprofit"

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI

Smart City
BY MARION MANEKER

Tips for buying tuxedos -- from trendy to traditional

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Going glam with glittery gold sandals

Travel
BY TARA MANDY

Islands for rent; good Gstaad

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon puts the art in martial arts

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

Carr's Killing Time: an inadvertently apt title

Architecture
BY JOSEPH GIOVANNINI

Hillary Clinton: architecture's new savior?

Restaurants
BY ADAM PLATT

Italian-inspired comfort food at Chinghalle

John Leonard's TV Notes

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