Archive for August, 2010

Reading List

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D Magazine in Dallas reports that Roger Horchow of the Horchow catalogs has very good taste in books.

Splitsville, Styles-style

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Styles of the Times has just posted a piece on the Peter Brant-Stephanie Seymour divorce that is, alas typically, a day late and a dollar short. Anyone seeking more telling background on this fiercely ambitious and oddly-well-matched pair may want to dip into Model, where the compelling Mr. Brant’s criminal record (which goes unmentioned in the Times), and the stunning Ms. Seymour’s riveting sexual past with the likes of John Casablancas (it gets a sentence), Axl Rose (two sentences!) and Warren Beatty (also unmentioned) are given a full airing. A small taste, describing a 1992 fight between Rose and Seymour: … Continue reading

Rogues’ Gallery a #1 Bestseller

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Just back from a long trip to faraway places and with internet access restored noticed that not only is Rogues’ Gallery the #4 bestselling paperback non-fiction book at Bookhampton this week, it is the #1 bestseller that is not about the Hamptons. So thanks again, discerning East End readers. “Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost.” — Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959

We are #4!

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Rogues’ Gallery is #4 on the Bookhampton non-fiction bestseller list this week. Thanks Bookhampton and all you East End readers!

It’s good to be the director

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Gripebox first revealed Metropolitan Museum director Thomas Campbell‘s $4 million Fifth Avenue apartment — and some of the peculiarities of his living arrangements — here back in March. That’s not it above, but the floorplan shows the same apartment one floor above Campbell’s. Today’s New York Times reveals that though Campbell receives free housing across the street from his museum office, he pays no income tax on a perk that’s got to be worth a tidy six-figure sum annually. As so often happens when it deals with the Met, the local community newspaper went easy on Campbell, covering his situation … Continue reading

A Diller of a Promise

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Forty American billionaires have made moral (i.e. not binding, but public) pledges, at the urging of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, to give half their fortunes to charity, instead of using them soley to spoil future generations. Among those taking the pledge plunge: Paul Allen, Mike Bloomberg, Eli and Edythe Broad, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, Larry Ellison, Barron Hilton, Ken Langone, George Lucas, Ronald O. Perelman, Pete Peterson, T. Boone Pickens, David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Sandy Weill and Shelby White. Visit givingpledge.org to see the entire list — and if you’ve got the money, join in.

Attention Ron Burkle: B&N on the Block??

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Barnes & Noble has announced that it is considering a sale of the company in order to increase stockholder value and raise its share price.