Archive for September, 2010

Abraham Lincoln on the American Plutocracy

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Just found this great comment by Abraham Lincoln on the plutocracy and thought it worth sharing: “It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.” POSSIBLE CORRECTION: A friend notes that the quote may be fraudulent, even if the sentiment it expresses has merit.

Requiem For a Heavyweight: Tony Curtis, R.I.P.

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Tony Curtis died last night at his Las Vegas home. I thank my lucky stars I was able to conduct one of the last interviews with him just a few weeks ago for my next book on trophy real estate in Los Angeles. This clip is from one of his greatest films, The Sweet Smell of Success. Yonder lies the business of my fodder.

Gross and Grosser?

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Jamie Malanowski wades into the Gross muck with a comment on the “pyromaniac” Ann Coulter and her misbegotten column mixing me up with another similarly named writer. “A minor incident, but it says a lot about Hit-And-Run Coulter and her fans,” he decides. After seven days of waiting for Coulter to correct her mistake, I’m giving up asking. Instead, in the absence of self-awareness from Ms. Coulter, I offer you Pee Wee Herman doing his impression of La Coulter (above).

Conflicts? I have a few. But then again, they may be research.

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I make my debut in Crain’s New York Business on Monday with a column on the war between Pinch Sulzberger‘s New York Times and Rupert Murdoch‘s Wall Street Journal. A paragraph about my personal relationships with the subjects got cut from the column for space, so here it is: I am well-versed in this story. Though I grew up reading the Herald-Tribune and all the tabs, once they died, my primary newspaper loyalty went to the Times and the Post. I worked as a Times reporter and columnist in the 1980s. My sister worked there for years. Our father wrote … Continue reading

740 Park Still Tops

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How do I love Kindle? Let me count the ways: Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,893 Paid in Kindle Store #1 in Books > Arts & Photography > Architecture > History & Periods #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > Urban #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > History > United States > State & Local > Mid-Atlantic

An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

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Dear Ann Coulter, Your web site doesn’t offer a way to contact you; mine does. That’s why I’m writing you this way. You made a whopping big (though seemingly small) mistake in your column yesterday and I’m paying for it and I’m disgusted and so I am writing to ask you to help me stop the wave of sewage you’ve caused to wash up in my in-box. Your mistake was one that no one with a byline should make. You wrote a column about a guy who wrote an article in Vanity Fair this month on Sarah Palin. His name … Continue reading

Just when I thought I was out…

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… they drag me back in. On October 6th, at 6:30 PM, I’ll be speaking about Rogues’ Gallery at the Junior League of the City of New York, 130 East 80th Street. It’s open to members and their friends.

Naomi en espanol

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Chile’s Caras Magazine considers the case of Naomi Campbell in its current issue — and quotes the author of a certain book about models in the lede. Spanish speakers and Google translate users can read it here.

Attention Sarah Palin fans (and hataz)!!!!

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I am not the magazine writer Michael Joseph Gross so please don’t send me love or hate letters for him. Speaking of which, attention Fox News fans: Neither am I the lawyer Michael Gross who sometimes appears on Fox News, so please don’t send me mail meant for him, either. Oh, and guys? You’ve got mail (but I’ve deleted it).