May 7, 2001 Issue
"I'm flexible. I tailor my advice to your children's temperament and what I know about your parenting style. "
-- Dr. Barney Softness, "Boy Meets World"
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Boy Meets World
BY ARIEL LEVY
In twenty years, Macaulay Culkin has been through enough to last several lifetimes: his impoverished early childhood, his infamously overbearing stage father, his parents' acrimonious separation, his teenage marriage, and his friendship with Michael Jackson. Now, with a play opening in New York, Culkin talks at length for the first time about growing up as the most famous child in America.
Colson Whitehead's first novel, The Intuitionist, about -- what else? -- the high times of a bunch of elevator inspectors, earned him comparisons to Don DeLillo and Kurt Vonnegut. And now the Harvard-educated Brooklynite is back with John Henry Days, a sprawling tale about what Whitehead calls "the first black superhero I ever knew."
Finding a good doctor for yourself is tough enough; choosing one for your child -- whether he's a baby or a teenager -- can be even trickier. We talk to ten top pediatricians -- and the parents who swear by them -- about how to get the best care for the minors in your family.
Who'd have predicted that a staid Swiss accessories house would be the surprise sensation of this year's Milan shows? No one except Scott Fellows, Bally's new creative director. (Did they teach him to design that way at Harvard Business School?)
The City Politic
Has Mark Green finally grown up?
The Bottom Line
A newer, less manic take on tech
BY RIMA SUQI
Functional bags, cK watches, and your favorite mobster on a cookie
Sales & Bargains
Cool camouflage to help you blend in this season
Destination Dublin, Italian bike racing, and one great guidebook
Hot new handhelds and the accessories to match
Merchant-Ivory's The Golden Bowl: Henry James in boldface
"Dear Friends": Photos of a time when men weren't afraid to hold hands
Daniel Taylor at the Frick secures his seat among the elite
Tom Sawyer saved from sinking
Do-it-yourself dining at Craft is worth the effort