July 9, 2001 Issue
"You could die tomorrow. There is no someday to do this stuff -- the time is now."
-- Forum lecturer Jeff Willmore, "The New Me Generation"
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The New Me Generation
BY VANESSA GRIGORIADIS
New York City is filled with affluent, unhappy people -- which makes it a perfect hunting ground for the Forum, a self-help system that promises personal fulfillment through a grueling three-day program, with follow-up seminars and recruitment goals. If the Forum's language seems taken directly from the seventies, that's because it was -- it's the successor to est, the San Francisco-based enterprise run by Werner Erhard, the original Middle American guru in flared slacks. Erhard has "disappeared" for the past decade, but guess who's in charge of the Forum? His brother.
Making the Case
BY MARC S. MALKIN
The City Politic
Sales & Bargains