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The amazing persistence of Rogues’ Gallery in the marketplace is an endless source of delight. Now, even the daily New York Times — which, as many have noted, has never deigned to notice this book about a major local cultural institution, and mysteriously cancelled a publication-week review by Janet Maslin — is paying attention. Albeit in the Home section, instead of those that cover its subject. But authors can’t be choosers in this world. Reporter Penelope Green asked me to compare the passel of interior designers gathered at a party for Elle Decor editor Margaret Russell to the city’s cultural small-m-mafia. The designers, I told her, “don’t close up the castle and pour boiling oil out the windows.”