BOOKS: BIRDS DO IT, CREEPS DO IT

IN SEX AND THE CITY, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE MATE AND THE RESULTS ARE UGLY

Devotees of Candace Bushnell,--a journalist who looks like Suzanne Somers with a polo-club membership--approach her writing the way they might a car wreck or a Peter Greenaway movie: they know it might repel, but they are forced to have a look. For two years Bushnell's column "Sex and the City" has appeared regularly in the New York Observer--a salmon-colored weekly paper doted on by Manhattan's media elite--offering bleakly funny reportage on dating rituals among the city's most physically and financially privileged. Now 25 of her pieces have been compiled in a book, also titled Sex and the City (Atlantic Monthly Press;...

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