Last week, at a book party for J. Michael Lennon’s Norman Mailer: A Double Life, a 900-page authorized biography of the author, who died in 2007, a good deal of literate septuagenarians gathered at Mailer’s old home near Pineapple Street in Brooklyn. It was once on the market for $2.5 million but has remained in the Mailer family, just as the old patriarch would have wanted it. Read More
Outside the Paris Theater gathered a who’s who of the African-American elite. Stanley Crouch, Ruby Dee, Ron Claiborne, Delaina Dixon, Nikki M James, Beverly Johnson and Harry Carson had all assembled to support the scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., whose The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is set to premiere on PBS. Read More
It’s mushroom season in the Northeast, and, to foragers like Marie Viljoen, a writer and urban gardener, that’s a reason to salivate. Read More
I had to laugh when I read recently that Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor, is leading the polls, because voters supposedly like his interracial family. It reminded me that, years ago, my wife tried to convince me to run for elected office.
“You’d be a great politician,” she argued at the time. “Why not give it a try?” Read More
Imagine the Marx Brothers formed a boy band and were hosting a comedy hour on MTV, and you have something like I Kveld Med Ylvis, the Norwegian talk show for which “The Fox” was created. Since its YouTube release last month, the video has reached more than 100 million viewers, while the song itself has risen to No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker, aka Ylvis, visited New York City last week to perform their unexpected hit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Today. They also enjoyed a wine-drenched chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda. “It’s pronounced ‘Bored,’” Bård explained to Kathie Lee, who then touched his knee while wondering if the brothers were romantically involved.
Who can blame the ladies? Bård and Vegard are uncommonly handsome, which may be what is most odd about their extremely odd video. They are, to use an expression Kathie Lee might, “foxes.” But as the Transom discovered in a conversation last Friday, the Ylvisåkers are more accustomed to being objects of laughter than lust. They are, in other words, nerds in fox clothing. Read More
There may be something strange in the Museum Mile neighborhood, as the Transom discovered last Friday night. Thankfully, we had already called the Ghost Doctors, Pete and Stew Kandel, and the brothers agreed to take us on a tour of one of their favorite haunts: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read More
On a recent Friday afternoon, the Transom found ourselves at the mercy of a man holding a blade to our jugular. Normally, this would be major trouble. But we were in a well-lit place, not a dark alley, and surrounded by pleasant scents. Also, there was warm cream blanketing our chin and cheeks. Read More
Last Saturday, the Transom slipped under the black and red tents that shut down 62nd Street between Park and Madison Avenues for the Browning School’s 125th anniversary party, which was, specifically, an “adults-only affair.” Read More
Gad Elmaleh’s dream came true this month when he went onstage in an American comedy club and did 10 minutes in English. It may sound like a modest goal, but Mr. Elmaleh, the 42-year-old Moroccan-born French celebrity—who may or may not be engaged to Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace Kelly’s granddaughter—remains relatively unknown in the U.S., and those 10 minutes were a big deal. This month, Mr. Elmaleh appears in a new Costa-Gavras film, Capital, a grim commentary on the rapacity of banking, and he also just wrapped up a short residency at City Winery, where he performed a series of all-French shows. In a recent conversation with the Transom, the comedian told us what New Yorkers can expect from him next. Read More
LeBron James has come a long way since his first watch.
“It was this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles thing,” the 4-time NBA MVP told the Transom last Friday night, at the private unveiling of his latest wrist-wear collaboration, this time with Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet. “You know, the plastic one with the rubber strap and you flip its head open to see the time? I think it was Donatello—no it was Michelangelo.” Read More