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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 41

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 The Palm Beach Post c SECTION D IN P R 1 N T Books Editor Scott Eyman recommends: Penelope Niven's Steichen, the story of the great photographer Edward Steichen. i M SIDE STYLE Fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg is coming to Saks Fifth Avenue with . her spring line of wrap dresses. PAGE 3D Palm Beach County Living ACCENT T J- . ..- . . v Iff BEAN WARS V1 "EJi W mm ( 71 V e Gifts towarm tlie sou L fTTH ; . 1 r SJ I vTW-. V 3 V WW A. . Is Babs -Brolin love affair set for stony end? By Diane White The Boston Globe Barbra Streisand has never been so much in love, and I couldn't be happier for her. And yet I fear for her too. Because as we all know, Barbra is so sensitive, so vulnerable, so shy, so self-effacing. She could get hurt. Again. It may be true, as Barbara Walters said the other night on 2020, that Barbra is "the woman who most people believe is the greatest female talent in the world." Bigger, even, than Barbara Walters, which is very big indeed. But even world-renowned idols can have their hearts broken. And watching 2020, listening to Barbra wax ecstatic about her romance with James Brolin, I couldn't help but wonder if the greatest female talent in the world is setting herself up for a fall. Can a love like this last? It has nothing to do with the fact that she's a megastar and he's a ministar. I'm sure their agents and attorneys and accountants can work all that out before he becomes Mr. Streisand. The problem is that they're just so in love, so head-over-heels, so nuts about each other, so absolutely besotted that I fear it can't last. I hate myself for being so cynical. Barbra has had so much heartache in her life. We've heard the stories before. And we heard some of them again on 2020. The pain of being fatherless. The pain of never finding ' true love. Did she ever think love like this would happen? Walters asked. Barbra replied, "No, you just can't imagine it. And then, but you have imagined it all your life. But then you can't imagine it because it's never happened. And then it happens, and then you can't imagine it. But then you imagined it all the time. But now it's here. And so it's hard to imagine." They met on a blind date? So you see why I worry. Love has rendered Barbra incoherent. It's all so romantic, almost too romantic. In spite of their relatively advanced ages, in spite of his three divorces and her one, plus her famous affairs with Don Johnson and Andre Agassi and Pierre Elliott Trudeau and all the rest of them, in spite of everything, the two lovers still sound like teenagers. They confessed that they met on a blind date. A blind date with Barbra Steisand. Imagine. Brolin: "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?" Barbra: "I don't think so. I'm a very private person." Their love is like a shampoo commercial, Brolin told Walters, the two of them running together with their hair bouncing. They sleep together spoon fashion, he said, and Barbra chimed in, "And we're just about to fall asleep . . . and he says, 'I don't want to fall asleep.' And so I said, 'Why not?' And he says, 'Because then I'll miss you.' " Love and a new CD, too! Do we really need to know all this? I wondered as I watched 2020. Listening to the two lovers I felt a pang of apprehension, or maybe it was nausea. Whatever it was, the feeling made me uneasy. Here we are again, I thought, sticking our noses into the private lives of famous people who want nothing more than to be left alone, except of course when they have something to sell us, when they're more than happy to spill their guts if they think it will get our attention. Not that I think Barbra wanted to do the interview merely to plug her new album, Higher Ground, a collection of songs about love and faith dedicated to the late Virginia Kelley, President Clinton's mother. I'm sure it was just a coincidence, her appearing on 2020 the very week the album was released. Photos by E.A. KENNEDY IllStaff Photographer The new Starbucks Coffee on Clematis Street is already percolating with customers, especially post-Baby Boomers. I There's a bit of a battle brewing among the jitterati in downtown West Palm Beach between a trendy corporate giant and a hip local bistro. T 3.1 .Iff .is J V, A. if By Paul Reid Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Let's go ringside to the coffee clash brewing right here on our streets. , In this corner, wearing the forest green and white storefront sign and weighing in at $955 million in sales, the Seattle-based international coffee giant, Starbucks Corporation. The latest Starbucks contender, one of 1,335 nationwide, opened on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach last week. In the other corner well, nestled in a basement around the corner on Narcissus Avenue the Underground Coffeeworks, wearing old wood tables, chessboards, plump sofas, porcelain mugs, live music and poetry readings. Shelia Powell, co-owner of the Underground, says this is what entrepreneurial America is all about: competition, image, atmosphere, a good cup of coffee. An esoteric cup of coffee. Loads of coffee. And if the coffee bean gods are just, there will be no losers in this fight, just happy java drinkers with one more choice of where to indulge their tastes. Powell, 33, opened the Underground in 1993 with her partner, Cathy Volpe. They were early and real pioneers in the resettlement of downtown. Clematis Street closed down at dusk back then. Some would argue there wasn't much to Clematis when it was open in the daytime anyway, so there was nothing to close at dusk. But the Under- : Please see COFFEE CLASH4 D H Cathy Volpe (left) and Shelia Powell are co-owners of the Underground Cof-feeworks, which opened in 1993, before Clematis Street was cool. Royal glut: Publishers have Diana covered DIANA fIN ' WtIF TUkOFLOlE J - - 1," ' 4 t I I x J s.' ' 1 j J ' j I N " I Icr Lite f. i ;i.k Lcgacy" ( , . f - A tribute "TIM CRAIIAM - -' - ---r,?'Z .Hi By Loretta Grantham Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The toughest task had to be coming up with different names. Diana: Her Life & Legacy. The Diana Years. Diana: A Tribute to the People's Princess. Diana, Princess of Wales: A Tribute. Diana: Queen of Hearts. Princess Diana: The Book of Love. . . . Less than three months after Diana's Aug. 31 death, zealous publishers have packed bookstores with tributes ranging from glorious coffee-table tomes to chintzy paperbacks. And they did so virtually overnight, ad nauseum. "The day after she died, I ripped the store apart looking for a couple of books," says Jennifer Coomer, assistant manager at Waldenbooks in Greenacres. "We had nothing. Then almost immediately, everything started pouring in." Commemorative edition status quo: Glossy photos, minimal text, about $25. (Except for The People's Princess, published by Courage, which is a Waldenbooks "Bargain Book" for $12.98 perhaps because the yellowish cover photo makes Diana look jaundiced.) 31 D a N A ' en y f -r ,rfL I ' 1 ! S Of W U Another way to get out cheap is the paperback Book of Love, a goofy compilation of Diana quotes with flower photos and lots of white space by Eagle Rose Publishing for $6.95. Some examples of the, ahem, deep insights revealed: "I am about caring." "Oh Rosa, I do so love my boys." "Call me Diana, not Princess Diana." The glut, of course, comes as no surprise. Diana was the most photographed woman in the world. But when, pray tell, is enough enough? Never, retailers say, if customers are still buying. "The good books the beautiful keepsakes are selling heavily because of the holidays," says Mike Sieczkowski, manager of Liberties in Boca Raton. "But let me tell you what else we're getting in the Princess Diana Beanie Baby. It's a purple bear with a white rose on its chest and a poem about her on the tag. "I've been getting calls every day about that, so enough isn't enough just yet." I 1 i , j 0 i Make way for Li'l Penny What's on the top of every hoop lover's must-have list? The toy version of the diminutive alter-ego of basketball's Anfemee 'Penny' Hardaway, of course. It even comes in a model that talks in the distinctive voice of comedian Chris Rock. Story, Page 4D -t- Publishing companies are cashing in on Princess Diana's death.

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