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Nancy Jo Sales

November 11, 1996 | Feature
Meet Your Neighbor, Thomas Pynchon

While scholars speculated that he had lost his mind, or taken to the road, the world's most successful media fugitive, author of Gravity's Rainbow, and The Crying of Lot 49, has been living quietly among us. A literary investigation.

May 8, 2000 | Profile
House of the Rising Ronsons

A battalion of young Ronsons, armed with talent and virtually inexhaustible celebrity connections, have overrun Manhattan social life. Where did they get their precocious gifts? From their parents, of course. A hip-hop Edith Wharton tale.

March 13, 2000 | Feature
Road Rules

Joint custody turns a weekend road trip into a weekly ritual. A family can grow up and grow together one 70-mile leg at a time.

November 8, 1999 | Feature
The Baby Dinner

Approaching 35, the author had babies on the brain, but there was one little problem: men in Manhattan. And then she thought, Is a husband really necessary? A story of modern motherhood.

September 6, 1999 | Feature
Vida Lopez

Why Jennifer Lopez, Puerto Rican Day parade grand marshal, girlfriend (maybe) of Puffy Combs, inspired by Selena, aspiring to be Barbra Streisand, and owner of America's most famous backside, might be the celebrity of the future.

August 9, 1999 | Feature
Hip-Hop Go the Hamptons

Where does a young man from the projects go when his album hits multi-platinum? The Hamptons, of course (by helicopter). Jay-Z talks about life with his new friends.

May 17, 1999 | Feature
Why New York Kids Say It Couldn't Happen Here

To many Manhattan high-school students, the hatred and cruelty in Colorado are unthinkable: The city itself preaches tolerance.

May 10, 1999 | Feature
The Mix Master

Hip-hop has entered Manhattan's mainstream -- even Martha Stewart now talks the talk -- and Def Jam's Russell Simmons has done more than anyone else to get it there. Inside the world of hip-hop's godfather.

August 24, 1998 | Feature
Caution: These Kids Are About to Blow Up

Hitting it big before the age of 25 -- the way Puffy did -- is the new club-kid dream. And for these three guys, promoting New York's hottest parties is just a stepping-stone. "We're starting an empire," one of them says.

June 22, 1998 | Feature
Leo, Prince of the City

The hottest young actor in America and his rowdy friends have made nighttime New York their playground, creating havoc and leaving in their wake a trail of awestruck fans (and often, no tip).