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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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FEATURES
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 NINA BURLEIGH
U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White is known as a bulldog of a prosecutor, a woman who lives for the thrill of the hunt (and, of course, her beloved Yankees). Now she's pursuing her most unusual quarry, her former master -- Bill Clinton.

Saving Grace
BY HILLARY ROSNER
If the idea of keeping dozens of formerly stray dogs and cats in your home seems less than ideal, you're not alone. But that's exactly what John Contino, the founder of Mighty Mutts, the no-kill animal-rescue organization, has been doing for decades. Now the only thing standing in the way of his ultimate goal, retiring with his charges to a 50-acre animal sanctuary in New Jersey, is the funding to build his pet paradise -- and the opposition of a prospective neighbor.
Click here for information on how to contact Mighty Mutts.

GOTHAM
Bobby Zarem's P.R. will and testament; Frederic Fekkai's midlife crisis
Real Estate: Carl Swanson
Style: Amy Larocca

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY
One month into the game, Michael Bloomberg is proving that politics is harder than it looks

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Bold organic vases, a patriotic garland, and an even flatter cell phone

Smart City
BY KEVIN P. Q. PHELAN
Taking the (financial) pain out of Brazilian bikini waxes

Sales & Bargains
BY BRIDIE CLARK
Taking the (financial) pain out of Brazilian bikini waxes

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER
Spielberg struggles with Kubrick's legacy in A.I.

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON
Measure for Measure in the Park doesn't do Shakespeare justice

Art
MARK STEVENS
A look at French modernism at the Met goes beyond the easel

Architecture
BY JOSEPH GIOVANNINI
Simultaneous Mies van der Rohe shows beg the question: Why now?

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN
A Jamaican miracle at Maroons

Televison
BY JOHN LEONARD
Paragraph 175: A hard look at the homosexual Holocaust

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