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Sometime a few years ago, movie stars and urbane, goat-cheese-and-endive types discovered bowling alleys, pool halls, tattoos, Harley Davidsons, diners and restaurants that looked like diners but served goat cheese and endive. All of a sudden the pastimes, artifacts and style of low-rent America, in all their glorious white-trashiness, had become chic. The fashion continues to flourish:

THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON CAFE, NEW YORK CITY: Last week's opening of this restaurant attracted Alec Baldwin, designers Nicole Miller and Norma Kamali, and the intrinsically low-rent Donald Trump.

LORENA BOBBITT: In this month's Vanity Fair, the Virginia woman who severed her husband's penis is celebrated...

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