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“Mr. Gross’ history of the mechanisms and machinations of personality that created the Met is fascinating and a lesson to all of us on many levels about the marriage of human behavior and civic responsibility,” writes a particularly poetic David Patrick Columbia, reviewing Rogues’ Gallery on New York Social Diary today. “Mr. Gross who is nothing if not perspicacious, also has a nose and a palate for the dish. We like to think of it as gossip and therefore can easily deride its legitimacy. However, much of it, especially people’s personalities, drive all history. So the story of the Met is full of this. And greed and avarice — those elements which insulate the administrators of the Art World from the rest of us students. It is a very good story and a primer on how things are done to move the machines that make the metropolis.”