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March 3, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

The Face of Pain

When Lucy Grealy published her dazzling memoir about her childhood battle with cancer— and the devastating surgeries that followed it—she got the literary stardom she yearned for, and for a time she delighted in the life of a successful young writer in the city. But her quest to overcome her disfigurement still consumed—and finally destroyed—her, despite the best efforts of her devoted friends.


By George!

Legendary adman George Lois’s personal style is about as subtle as a punch in the nose—perhaps no surprise from this street-fighting son of the Bronx. In a career spanning almost 50 years, Lois elected senators, pissed off presidents, stormed clients’ offices, and produced a decade’s worth of eye-grabbing covers for Esquire. As he publishes a new book, $ellebrity, he talks about the good old days, the bad new days, and just what Bobby Kennedy was doing in that back room at the Carlyle.

Tommy's Tune

For fourteen years, Tommy Mottola ruled Sony Music like an independent duchy and lived the life of a pasha, marrying pop tarts, surrounding himself with a small army of bodyguards, buying lavish properties like so many trinkets while earning as much as $20 million a year. But as the asteroid known as file-sharing cratered the music business, Mottola began to look more and more like a dinosaur. And it probably didn’t help that he got his boss crummy seats at Sony concerts.



Madonna, Marty Richards, Howell Raines, Michael Jordan and much more!


Best Bets

Italia Rustica linens, doggy clutches, and a new line of watches by Leonard.

Sales & Bargains

Get ready to make the most of miniskirt season.


Face the Nation

At a time of great national uncertainty, Michael Jackson has provided us with one thing we can all agree on: Whatta freak!

Hot Plate

66: Better zoom over to Jean-Georges’s latest restaurant—before he hits la route yet again.

Chasing Beauty

Radiance, the latest “facial filler,” lasts longer than collagen.


This Media Life

If everyone’s downloading free music, does that mean we’re all crooks?

The City Politic

As the protests revealed, impending war is turning soccer moms into peace moms.

Naked City

The case for porn.



David Cronenberg goes psycho in Spider; David Gale is a messy manifesto.


Dublin Carol’s a sleeping pill; Encores! stumbles with House of Flowers

Classical Music

Musically, the massive Les Troyens is a triumph at the Met.


Six Feet Under’s third season is its best yet, but Queer As Folk is still a bore.

Pop Music

The Coral goes woozy for psychedelia; T.A.T.U.’s gambit is lesbian Russian chic.


At Sushi Seki, you’ll find the unexpected (jalapeño?)—and fourteen kinds of sake.

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