Archive for June, 2013

Koch is Chill(ing)

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Via Bloomberg View, author William D. Cohan adds his voice to the chorus of condemnation aimed at billionaire Tea Party pal and 740 Park resident David Koch (shown greeting the late New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg at an obviously bipartisan 2010 party) in an essay titled “David Koch’s Chilling Effect on Public Television.” Cohan is commenting on The New Yorker’s recent revelation about attempts by public television executives to placate Koch over critical coverage–in Alex Gibney‘s documentary Park Avenue, based on 740 Park, and another film–and Cohan links those concerns to government snooping on phone calls and the Internet. “Just … Continue reading

Rogues’ Gallery: Still censored after all these years

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Ada Louise Huxtable, the late, great architecture critic who died in January, was remembered yesterday at a memorial tribute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an institution she both praised and criticized. So on the way in, I visited the museum’s store to see if by some miracle, Rogues’ Gallery–my history of the museum’s founders, backers, and ruling elite, which was banned by the museum on publication in 2009–was finally available there. “We’re not allowed to carry it,” a clerk told me. Then the clerk grinned. “But I have a copy.”