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February 26, 2001 Issue

"I'd never go through that again, whether they paid me zero dollars -- or $52 million."
-- Christian Curry, "Currying Favor"

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FEATURES
Boies Don't Cry
BY CHRIS SMITH

One of David Boies's key advantages used to be the element of surprise. How could a man in a Sears suit and sneakers be so sharp, so focused, so preternaturally well prepared? But that was before the election made him a national celebrity -- while handing him his most devastating loss. For the record, however, the superlawyer can't see how he would have argued the case differently. "There was a sense that five justices had already made up their minds," he says.

Currying Favor
BY VANESSA GRIGORIADIS

Once upon a time, Christian Curry was fired from Morgan Stanley after nude photos of him appeared in Playguy. The lawsuit he settled last fall paid him not a dime, the banking house claims strenuously. Nonetheless, he's been living like a guy with a master-of-the-universe bank account ever since: chauffeured Mercedes, TriBeCa apartment, a suite at the Plaza, and dinners at Le Cirque 2000. And he still looks good without his shirt on.

The Maddening Crowd
BY JOHANNA BERKMAN

Steve Madden, once a Long Island shoe salesman, built an empire out of his instinct for shoes that make teenage girls swoon -- at prices they can afford. But SEC investigators allege he participated in various schemes to make investors swoon, too. A look at the high life -- and possible hard time (as in jail time) -- of a shoe king.

GOTHAM
Terry Lane, the man ushering Clinton around Harlem, on the lease, the pardons, and working out with Bill
Real Estate: Carl Swanson
Style: Amy Larocca

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL AND IAN SPIEGELMAN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

How Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel created a media nation unto itself

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

The race for a new mayor: Four candidates in search of an issue

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
New Age juicers, trippy tiles, and more

Smart City
BY ROB TURNER

Face-off: The Delta Shuttle vs. the Acela Express

Sales & Bargains
BY TARA PEPPER

Pretty prints to warm you this winter

Travel
BY TARA MANDY

Golfing south of the border; touring the wine country in . . . Maui?

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Chris Rock goes soft in Down to Earth Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Cellini: A not-so-spicy meatball

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Massenet's Manon works miracles at the Met; the (new) New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

The Brooklyn Museum's Committed to the Image: Little commitment but strong images

Restaurants
BY ADAM PLATT

Marvelous, messy excess at Mary's Fish Camp

John Leonard's TV Notes

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