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December 30 2020

Howard Rubenstein, R.I.P.

In the winter of 1999, I spent several weeks shadowing the PR giant Howard Rubenstein for this New York magazine cover story, “Shadow Warrior”. I walked into the assignment a skeptic but finished it an admirer. Rubenstein, whose first real-estate developer client was Fred Trump, died yesterday at 88 years. He was small in stature but a giant of New York. Continue reading

December 17 2020

Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Procurer Arrested

French model agent and an owner of model agencies in Paris, New York Continue reading

December 16 2020

A Rogue’s Reward

Eleven-plus years after Rogues’ Gallery was published, I discovered this appreciation, penned by Steven Miller, a museum director (at Boscobel, one of my favorites), curator, educator and prolific writer, the latest entry in Amazon’s customer reviews:

“Having been in the museum field in various… Continue reading

December 10 2020

Going Negative

Pre-travel COVID testing can be a pain in the nose. Read all about it here in my debut on the Departures web site. Continue reading

November 7 2020

No words

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September 28 2020

What Goes Around Returns for Gerald Marie

Gerald Marie, formerly the head of Elite Models in Paris, a husband of Linda Evangelista, Continue reading

September 5 2020

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August 16 2020

The New Koch

Julia Koch, widow of conservative tub-thumber and Kansan conglomerateur David Koch, is the subject du jour for Michael Kaplan in the New York Post today– Continue reading

July 27 2020

Veronica Uncovered

Ben Smith in the Times has a great piece on the latest dramas at the male-dominated women’s magazine publisher Hearst this morning. Twenty-nine years ago, a glamorous woman briefly ran the sprawling Hearst Magazines empire–creating public dramas galore and defying its reputation for discretion…. Continue reading

June 16 2020

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June 8 2020

Goodbye, Javanka

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May 17 2020

RIP, June Dyson of 740 Park

June Dyson, 101, who lived at 740 Park Avenue for 41 years, died earlier this month. She was the widow of Charles Dyson, a public-school educated leveraged buyout specialist who put together a conglomerate in the 1950s and 1960s Continue reading

May 13 2020

Need a Good Book?

With containment, isolation and quarantine ongoing in much of Ameeica, I’m shacking up with a diverse batch of good books in May. I ab Continue reading

April 23 2020

Layoffs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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April 20 2020

Peter Beard, R.I.P.

Peter Beard, whose death at age 82 was confirmed yesterday, was an iconoclast as well as a photographer, artist, adventurer, and nightlife iron man. These two brief excerpts from Model Continue reading

April 19 2020

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April 14 2020

Christy and Naomi Have Model on Their Minds

My 1995 book Model came up on today’s episode of No Filter With Naomi, model Naomi Campbell‘s streaming YouTube “chat” show, an hour-long talk with one of her fellow members of the supermodel Trinity, Christy Turlington, both of whom are characters in the book.

Some back story. In early 1992, I was asked to write a feature profile for New York magazine on one of the supes. Not long before, late one night at Azzedine Alaia’s atelier, Naomi had wrapped a leg around me…

Please Support Independent Booksellers

I support the newest online bookseller, bookshop. Won’t you please click the link and support your local bookstore, too? Continue reading

March 29 2020

I’m a Someone!

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March 22 2020

Kenny Rogers, R.I.P

Pop and country music superstar Kenny Rogers, who died on Friday at 81, owned one of the storied mansions featured in Unreal Estate, The Knoll in Beverly Hills, Continue reading