Archive for March, 2012

Astor Settlement: Everybody Wins!

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According to the Associated Press, $100 million of Brooke Astor’s fortune will now go to organizations like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. But though his share of the estate has been halved, the AP says, son Anthony Marshall, who is appealing his conviction for, in part, engineering changes to her will when her mental capabilities had allegedly eroded, still gets $14.5 million. That may be an heircut, but it’s still a tidy sum. I wonder if he’ll leave anything to his son Philip, who engineered the public exposure of this private mess? Read the … Continue reading

Marshalling His Friends: Brooke Astor Settlement Revealed

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A New York Times reporter has just broken the news of an (as yet undisclosed) settlement in the Brooke Astor estate battle in White Plains. His source? Philip Marshall (pictured), who put the family dispute in the public sphere when he accused his father of mistreating his grandmother, sent a text to the man from the Times. UPDATE: I;m told that News 12 in Westchester actually had it first. I’ll add details of the settlement once I have them.

Bob Dylan: Hipster?

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This Bob Dylan Spring is a great excuse to return to the subject of my 1978 biography for my latest Crain’s New York Business column.

The New York Review of Hypocrisy

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Regular Gripepad readers will recall that two years ago, in an afterword to the paperback of Rogues’ Gallery, my history-cum-expose of the board and benefactors of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, I speculated on how the vice chairman of that board got her hands on one of the embargoed advance copies of the book. Which led to a pre-emptive threat (that thankfully proved empty) to sue my publisher and me for “gratuitous and false character assassination.” George Gurley of The New York Observer subsequently confirmed my suspicion that the embargo-breaker was Robert Silvers, the esteemed co-founder and editor of … Continue reading

Australia Gets Unreal

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In the March issue of Wish Magazine from The Australian, Carrie Kablean calls Unreal Estate, “A literary peek into the estates of the rich and/or famous that’s raised a few hackles among its glittering cast of characters. High life, low life and a fascinating tale.”

My weekend in Palmhampton

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Private jets! Republican gossip! Italo-Asian-Middle Eastern fusion food! If it’s Sunday, it must be a Palm Beach Story in my latest column for Crain’s New York Business. Thanks to the Brazilian Court Hotel for inviting me back to its Author Breakfast series to discuss Unreal Estate.

The Sales Just Keep on Coming

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Unreal Estate continues its unreal performance at Book Soup in West Hollywood, hanging out its shingle as the #5 bestseller this week.