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Archive for May, 2008

Model Movie

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Page Six announced this morning that Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, my 1995 book on the fashion modeling industry, has been optioned by KDX Productions to be made into a ten-part documentary. Given that today’s papers also bring news that the film of my pal Steven M.L. Aronson‘s fantastic book on a society murder, Savage Grace, published ten years before that in 1985, has finally made it to the screen and is coming out next week, it probably bears repeating that good things are well worth waiting for.

Fifth Avenue Freezeout

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Galleycat has some fun with the fact that the powers-that-be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art don’t like the book I’m writing —and don’t need to read it to know that! The book blog has issued a call for photos of the building (which the Met doesn’t want me to have) and they’re already arriving. Here’s the best so far (above), taken by Gilbert King.

Sheik Philippe

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Philippe de Montebello is going to work for New York University, where, according to Carol Vogel in todays’ Times, he will lecture on the history of collecting and connoisseurship and the evolution of museums, and serve as a special advisor — whatever that means — to NYU’s new Abu Dhabi campus. Curiously, when the Louvre announced plans to open a branch museum in Abu Dhabi, Montebello condemned the move as commercializing art. Some NYU students I know think the new campus is all about the Benjamins, too.

First (Amendment) on Fifth

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Liz Smith has it first: the title of my next book on the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be Rogues’ Gallery. La Liz gets a few more things right, too. The Met is “remarkable, incredibly valuable and super-important,” and so is its incredibly rich story, which is why I chose to write it. The Met has refused to let a photo archive “sell photos of the building for the book jacket. (Even though the museum is owned by the city and sits on public land.)” And the Met “will survive” my daring to look at its history without its blessing. … Continue reading

The Birth of St. Barth

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My slightly unserious timeline of the history of St. Barthelemy, my favorite island, is in the new June 2008 issue of Travel + Leisure.