Best of Salon: 2000

Salon greeted the millennium by exposing the White House's prime-time propaganda campaign -- and licking doorknobs in Gary Bauer's presidential campaign headquarters.


Best of Salon: 2000

In honor of our 10th anniversary this month, Salon is scouring our archives for the best stories we’ve published. Every day for 10 days, we will be highlighting one year’s worth of memorable pieces. We hope you enjoy them. And use our automated-letters feature at the bottom of this story to tell us what you think we missed.

Brilliant Careers: Ray Davies
The man whose kinkiness gave the Kinks their greatness has written songs that some of us will carry around, like a talisman, forever.
By Stephanie Zacharek

Prime-time propaganda
How the White House secretly hooked network TV on its anti-drug message: A Salon special report.
By Daniel Forbes

Brilliant Careers: Paul Verhoeven
Is the director of “Total Recall” and “Hollow Man” a pornographer, a homophobe and a misogynist — or a misunderstood genius who’s been defeated by his own contrary nature?
By Andrew OHehir

Too close for comfort
Why is Raymond Carver’s masterpiece, “Cathedral,” so much like a little-known D.H. Lawrence story?
By Samantha Gillison

Stalking Gary Bauer
Sex columnist Dan Savage goes undercover, and hatches a plot, inside Bauer 2000 campaign headquarters in Des Moines.
By Dan Savage

Jonesing for votes
George W. Bush’s speech at a college that bans interracial dating raises questions about his compassion.
By Jake Tapper

My favorite author, my worst interview
I worshipped militaristic Mormon science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card — until we met.
By Donna Minkowitz

I am a smoker
I hate you, too
By Carina Chocano

Black and white and taboo all over
Hollywood is more phobic than ever about interracial love, but now it’s blacks who are putting on the brakes.
By Charles Taylor

Brilliant Careers: Janet Malcolm
In her relentless pursuit of the truth she’s left a few bodies in her wake, but isn’t that part of a journalist’s job?
By Craig Seligman

Boot time
Part 3: The bamboo forest
By Andrew Leonard

BSD Unix: Power to the people, from the code
How Berkeley hackers built the Net’s most fabled free operating system on the ashes of the ’60s — and then lost the lead to Linux.
By Andrew Leonard

Sophisticated skank
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker return with the first new Steely Dan album in 20 years.
By Gary Kamiya

The inner Doughboy
How an army of admen battle to define and protect the true nature of the Jolly Green Giant, the Pillsbury Doughboy and other advertising spokescharacters.
By Ruth Shalit

Artists to Napster: Drop dead!
To many musicians, the MP3 trading software isn’t a revolution — it’s a rip-off.
By Eric Boehlert

Napster — friend or foe?
Fans have already embraced new music-distribution technologies. Musicians can fight them or join them.
By Scott Rosenberg

Salon cyberporn conspiracy XXXclusive
How Bill Gates and Richard Mellon Scaife used large, firm breasts to destroy Linux!
By Semme Tojo

Brilliant Careers: Lou Reed
The Velvet Underground founder gave us heroin, the exalted transvestite and euphoric nastiness. Who knew salvation could sound so good?
By Chris Colin

The gay Nabokov
The novelist never could face the secret that cost his brother his life.
By Lev Grossman

They trade horses, dont they?
A lawsuit to block the Hearst Corp.’s takeover of the San Francisco Chronicle exposed a world of political treachery that reached from City Hall to the U.S. Justice Department.
By Joan Walsh

Dont ask, dont tell, dont fall in love, Part I of II
A rare peek inside the lives of gay military officers, a world filled with staggering sacrifice, loneliness and glass ceilings.
By Dave Cullen

A heartbreaking decision, Part II
Gay officers must choose between personal happiness and the careers they’ve spent years building.
By Dave Cullen

The mama lion at the gate
Maternal chauvinism is a dad’s greatest obstacle to parental parity.
By Cathy Young

Courtney Love does the math
The controversial singer takes on record label profits, Napster and “sucka VCs.”
By Courtney Love

God is their co-pilot
Both born-again, Bush and Gore have made this the most God-fearing presidential race in 100 years. But their faiths have led these men in two completely different directions.
By Jake Tapper

Dropped like a chalupa
The Taco Bell Chihuahua talks about his sudden, shocking dismissal and considers his showbiz future.
By Gary Kaufman

I survived the Pitt-Aniston travesty
Take it from one who was there: Brad and Jennifer’s wedding made one of Caligula’s decadent bacchanals look like a bingo party.
By Cintra Wilson

Sex, capitalism and anti-depressants
Two writers wrestle with the impossibility of literature in a society that’s afraid of the dark.
By Rick Moody and Mary Gaitskill

Put that silicon where the sun dont shine
Soon you can have a tracking chip implanted in your body. Is this a great technological breakthrough — or Big Brother’s last laugh?
By Katharine Mieszkowski

How the New York Times helped railroad Wen Ho Lee
Its reporters relied on slim evidence, quick conclusions and loyalty to sources with an ax to grind. Too bad the paper of record learned nothing from its role in Whitewater.
By Eric Boehlert

Purloined porn
Writers of erotica love giving away their steamy stories online, but watch in horror as their work is then stolen by rogue Web sites and fans.
By Katharine Mieszkowski

The POTUS with the mostest
What does “The West Wing” President Josiah Bartlet have that Al Gore and George W. Bush don’t?
By Joyce Millman

Gov. Bushs office ignored murder confession, Part I of III
Two and a half years later, the two men convicted of the crime still sit in prison.
By Alan Berlow

Texas justice, Part II of III
What made timid honors student Christopher Ochoa confess to a rape and murder that he almost certainly did not commit?
By Alan Berlow

An innocent inmate is freed, Part III
But if George W. Bush’s office had not ignored a murder confession and DNA evidence, Christopher Ochoa might have been freed much sooner.
By Salon Staff

Living under the hole in the sky
The citizens of Punta Arenas, Chile, are the subjects of a potentially deadly experiment: What happens to people who live under the widening ozone hole?
By Dawn MacKeen

Grease rustlers
Black-market bandits have their eyes on that vat of used frying oil in the alley behind your local greasy spoon.
By Susan McCarthy

Robert Downey Jr. deserves our love and protection
The most extravagantly gifted actor of his generation is also a drug addict who has harmed no one. Jailing him is as barbaric as treating the sick with leeches.
By Michael Sragow

Supreme Court to democracy: Drop dead
With a single rash, partisan act, the high court has tainted the Bush presidency, besmirched its own reputation and soiled our nation’s proudest legacy.
By Gary Kamiya

Why wont Silicon Valley check its horoscope?
Joan Quigley, Reagan’s astrologer, helped end the Cold War but can’t raise venture capital for her dot-com.
By Katharine Mieszkowski

The hero who never looked down
The exemplar of everything good and bad about his time, John Lennon will forever loom over the unsettled legacy of an ambiguous age.
By Gary Kamiya

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    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Talking Heads, 1977
    This was their first weekend as a foursome at CBGB’s, after adding Jerry Harrison, before they started recording the LP “Talking Heads: 77.”

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Patti Smith, Bowery 1976
    Patti lit up by the Bowery streetlights. I tapped her on the shoulder, asked if I could do a picture, took two shots and everyone went back to what they were doing. 1/4 second at f/5.6 no tripod.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Blondie, 1977
    This was taken at the Punk Magazine Benefit show. According to Chris Stein (seated, on slide guitar), they were playing “Little Red Rooster.”

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    No Wave Punks, Bowery Summer 1978
    They were sitting just like this when I walked out of CBGB's. Me: “Don’t move” They didn’t. L to R: Harold Paris, Kristian Hoffman, Diego Cortez, Anya Phillips, Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Jim Sclavunos, Bradley Field, Liz Seidman.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Richard Hell + Bob Quine, 1978
    Richard Hell and the Voidoids, playing CBGB's in 1978, with Richard’s peerless guitar player Robert Quine. Sorely missed, Quine died in 2004.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Bathroom, 1977
    This photograph of mine was used to create the “replica” CBGB's bathroom in the Punk Couture show last summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So I got into the Met with a bathroom photo.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Stiv Bators + Divine, 1978
    Stiv Bators, Divine and the Dead Boys at the Blitz Benefit show for injured Dead Boys drummer Johnny Blitz.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Ramones, 1977
    “The kids are all hopped up and ready to go…” View from the unique "side stage" at CBGB's that you had to walk past to get to the basement bathrooms.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Klaus Nomi, Christopher Parker, Jim Jarmusch – Bowery 1978
    Jarmusch was still in film school, Parker was starring in Jim’s first film "Permanent Vacation" and Klaus just appeared out of nowhere.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Hilly Kristal, Bowery 1977
    When I used to show people this picture of owner Hilly Kristal, they would ask me “Why did you photograph that guy? He’s not a punk!” Now they know why. None of these pictures would have existed without Hilly Kristal.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Dictators, Bowery 1976
    Handsome Dick Manitoba of the Dictators with his girlfriend Jody. I took this shot as a thank you for him returning the wallet I’d lost the night before at CBGB's. He doesn’t like that I tell people he returned it with everything in it.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Alex Chilton, Bowery 1977
    We were on the median strip on the Bowery shooting what became a 45 single sleeve for Alex’s “Bangkok.” A drop of rain landed on the camera lens by accident. Definitely a lucky night!

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Bowery view, 1977
    The view from across the Bowery in the summer of 1977.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Ramones, 1977 – never before printed
    I loved shooting The Ramones. They would play two sets a night, four nights a week at CBGB's, and I’d be there for all of them. This shot is notable for Johnny playing a Strat, rather than his usual Mosrite. Maybe he’d just broken a string. Love that hair.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Richard Hell, Bowery 1977 – never before printed
    Richard exiting CBGB's with his guitar at 4am, about to step into a Bowery rainstorm. I’ve always printed the shots of him in the rain, but this one is a real standout to me now.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Patti Smith + Ronnie Spector, 1979
    May 24th – Bob Dylan Birthday show – Patti “invited” everyone at that night’s Palladium show on 14th Street down to CBGB's to celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday. Here, Patti and Ronnie are doing “Be My Baby.”

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Legs McNeil, 1977
    Legs, ready for his close-up, near the front door of CBGB's.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Suicide, 1977
    Rev and Alan Vega – I thought Alan was going to hit me with that chain. This was the Punk Magazine Benefit show.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Ian Hunter and Fans, outside bathroom
    I always think of “All the Young Dudes” when I look at this shot. These fans had caught Ian Hunter in the CBGB's basement outside the bathrooms, and I just stepped in to record the moment.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Tommy Ramone, 1977
    Only at CBGB's could I have gotten this shot of Tommy Ramone seen through Johnny Ramones legs.

    Once upon a time on the Bowery

    Bowery 4am, 1977
    End of the night garbage run. Time to go home.

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