New York Times writer Motoko Rich, formerly of the publishing beat, posted a blind item on Twitter this morning and there’s evidence to suggest that it’s about New Yorker writer Ken Auletta and his wife Binky Urban.
The item reads:
signs of the apocalypse? talked to big lit agent last night who, w/ writer husband, just moved to new apt with NO BOOKSHELVES
Ms. Urban is executive vice president at ICM, and over the years has represented Richard Ford, E.B. White, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison and Haruki Murakami, among others, making her a decidedly “big” agent.
Our own Chloe Malle broke the news that the couple had purchased a $2 million apartment near The Whitney in November. Back then, she wrote, “the apartment features a wood-paneled living room with a wood-burning fireplace and eat-in kitchen but sounds ripe for a renovation, judging from the listing’s nebulous last line, ‘don’t miss the opportunity to restore this beautiful bones home to its potential splendor.'”
We have a feeling that the place won’t be shelf-less for long.