Goodbye to all that
Everybody in New York publishing is very happy for Ira Silverberg. The former literary agent, a fixture in the industry for 26 years, started his new job as literary director at the National Endowment for the Arts earlier this week. And from the day his departure was announced to the day the job began, colleagues and clients have affected determined good cheer.
“I’m sorry for his writers,” said Sarah Burnes, a literary agent and friend. “But I’m happy for the writers of America.”
“It’s the perfect job for him,” said Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, “securing money for worthy projects — especially projects that aren’t on the face of it worthy or obvious.”
But beneath all the breezy congratulations a hint of dread could be detected. Ira Silverberg might have left New York, but was New York ready to lose Ira Silverberg? Especially to Washington D.C.?
The dinner was called for 8 p.m. The hosts were casually dressed, as was the help. One guest, a young man, who didn’t know the hosts, arrived in what could only be described as hot pants. He sat down and put his BlackBerry on the well-set dinner table as if he were at a Starbucks. Read More
I’m not a big fan of dressing up like a prepped-out Hamptons dork.
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Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has taken his place among the spirits permanently haunting West 43rd Street. “The basic goal,” New York Times reporter David Barstow said, “is to make it more difficult for a future Fitzgerald to follow the breadcrumbs of phone records and notes and expense slips from reporter to source.”
Mr. Barstow, the Pulitzer- Read More
“I was recently out pitching a sitcom to ABC,” confessed The New York Times Style section columnist Bob Morris in a panel discussion on June 21. “My agency realized there were so many gay shows that it was going to be a problem that I had a sitcom sort of based on a gay character. Read More