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July 15, 2002 Issue

"There are a lot of people who believe they own the history, the mythology of Harlem. But I have to tell the stories that intrigue me."
-- George C. Wolfe, "Showtime -- Again -- at the Apollo"

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FEATURES
Life and Debt
BY MELANIE THERNSTROM
Maxed out your credit line even though you bring home a paycheck that would allow you to live perfectly comfortably anywhere but here? Spending too much is a New Yorker's characteristic affliction. But the solution isn't always a new accountant or a new job or, God help us, a new credit card. Therapists are now treating overspending as a disorder with a dynamic all its own. And the symptoms are painfully familiar.

Showtime -- Again -- at the Apollo
BY CRAIG HOROWITZ
Bringing back the Apollo, and making it the flagship of a resurgent Harlem, is a dream that's been deferred numerous times over the past few decades. George C. Wolfe's Harlem Song headlines the latest and most ambitious attempt, with an open-ended run, a shrewd marketing plan, and a tourist-friendly deal with Gray Line buses.

Down and Out
BY BEN KAPLAN
He's young, straight, and eager to please. But suddenly, though his heart is willing, the flesh is, well, weak. And he's not alone. Just as women all over town have become more assertive about their sexual needs, a surprising number of men in their twenties and thirties are having trouble holding up their side. What gives? A candid account of one man's odyssey through the weird (did we mention terrifying?) world of ED -- that's erectile dysfunction -- treatment and therapy.

GOTHAM
Social Anxiety
Across the city, publicists and party promoters are nervously debating how to plan non-9/11 events around September 11.
Grann Exit
Trash and Carry
Anglos in America
The Onophiles

DEPARTMENTS
Letters

Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES J. CRAMER
The market keeps going down, even though things are looking up. Why? Ask Bernie Ebbers and Osama.

Cityside
BY MARK JACOBSON
A South Bronx boy who dresses Broadway

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
Puma sneaks, Kiehl's hair care, and the Nike Presto Cee watch
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
Plastic fantastic: chic outdoor tableware for summer
Plus: Daily Sales Update

Movies
BY PETER RAINER
Road to Perdition plays down the film's dark side in favor of easy drama

Art
BY MARK STEVENS
Joan Mitchell: a painter innocent of irony and unafraid to celebrate pleasure

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON
Pretension prevails in Denis Johnson's Shoppers Carried by Escalators Into the Flames

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS
The City Ballet's Diamond Project: some calculated daring, some downright vulgarity

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD
Door to Door triumphs, thanks to a remarkable cast

Pop Music
BY ETHAN BROWN
Dolly Parton delivers; Truth Hurts churns out too-trendy pop; Oasis fails the acid test

Restaurants
BY ADAM PLATT
Butter (nearly) achieves its grand-scale ambitions

CUE
Top Five
Movies
Music & Nightlife
Theater
Art
Kids
Classical & Dance
The Mix

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