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ACCORDING TO THE POPULAR WISDOM, all of you out there (yes, you) are one of two things: insatiably fascinated by the Donald, Ivana, and Marla headlines, hijinks, and trashy photographs, especially of Marla, the Miracle Ceramic Tile Adhesive Girl, or sick to death of the entire thing. Certainly the New York news media have gambled that any Trump tidbit they could scrape up was front-page news, from handwriting analysis of Marla’s scrawl and boldface announcements of “Ivana in Tears” to such superscoops as the revelation of Marla’s residence—this is incredible—in New Jersey. Local television commentators galloped along with the pack, breathlessly reporting “stories” at 6 P M. (Marla was in a house on Long Island) that the tabloids had headlined twelve hours earlier. Not to be outdone, though, the TV people garnered their own juicy scoops: “We’ll be back with the very latest on Ivana Trump’s

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