Archive for December, 2020

Howard Rubenstein, R.I.P.

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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.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Procurer Arrested

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French model agent and an owner of model agencies in Paris, New York and Miami, Jean-Luc Brunel, long thought to have funneled underage women to the late pedophile perv Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and human trafficking and is being held for questioning in Paris, reports the Daily Mail. Brunel, 74, “was detained by Paris detectives at Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday as he tried to board a flight to Dakar, in Senegal,” the paper says. Brunel was one of the notable model agents exposed in the pages of Model, my 1995 book. We … Continue reading

A Rogue’s Reward

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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 director and curatorial positions for fifty years, I can attest to the honesty and quality of this inside look at how these cultural institutions are governed and lead. The author has done impressive research into a realm rarely known or understood by the general public much less many in the museum profession. Museums have an aura … Continue reading

Going Negative

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