Three new Furies have suddenly appeared over Manhattan, inducing faux-shock in the media and nervous laughter at parties. Please welcome the Million-Dollar Apartment, the $200 pair of jeans and the $10 cross-town cab fare-you’ll be seeing a lot of them.
The taxi-fare hike was eight years in the making, but it arrived exactly as the Read More
When Kurt Andersen wandered into the living room at a recent Manhattan dinner party and noticed a stack of firehouse-red Netflix DVD envelopes sitting on the coffee table, he felt an instant sense of belonging. “It’s become this tiny badge of cultural brotherhood,” said Mr. Andersen, who’s been making his way through Netflix’s vast catalog Read More
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, by Barry Schwartz. Ecco/HarperCollins, 288 pages, $23.95.
If only every choice weren’t so momentous. The waiter arrives, the menu is presented. The gnocchi will surely be delicious, but the spaghetti al limone suits your mood. And yet you’re in Rome, it’s winter and spaghetti al limone Read More
The House of Klein: Fashion, Controversy, and a Business Obsession , by Lisa Marsh. John Wiley and Son, 196 pages, $26.95.
Consider the extraordinary story of Calvin Klein. His father was a grocer; his best friend Barry’s father was a grocer. Barry was a good boy, but Calvin had the devil in him. He hung Read More