Algonquin Round Table
What?, Pray, Eat
“This hotel is exactly how I would have imagined the Algonquin transforming itself in the 21st century,” announced Penguin Books CEO David Shanks to an attentive crowd last week.
A single person clapped and, realizing they were all alone, stopped.
Mr. Shanks continued, “It exudes the grandeur of Gotham and the dazzle of the iconic Mad Men design gone modern.” Mr. Shanks cleared his throat. “It’s really amazing.”
Last Monday, a group (of “top hotel and publishing executives as well as media industry influencers,” per a press release) was gathered at a private party to celebrate the grand reopening of the gut-renovated hotel and the launch of its new partnership with Penguin Books.
This Sunday, The Times pays a visit to Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s store-it’s located in New Jersey and sells Southeast Asian imports. In between showing off her teak boxes and giant Buddhas, Gilbert has a lot to say! For example:
- On her store, which she purchased and renovated with the movie Read More
Eat, Pray, Love director Ryan Murphy isn’t afraid to hype his product. He recently stated in a press conference that an eating scene in the new Julia Roberts flick “is one of the most controversial scenes ever caught on film.” Murphy goes on to say that due to cultural Read More
“I don’t have as much estrogen as this storyline does,” David Lyons, the Australian actor who plays Ian in the Eat Pray Love adaptation, said last night on the red carpet of the film’s premiere at the Ziegfeld.
Then Lyons backtracked for a second. “And that’s not a bad thing-it’s about rediscovering yourself.”
The celluloid Read More
As the Eat, Pray, Love movie approaches, female writers (memoir writers especially) get to take a break from swatting down Sex and the City comparisons and turn their wary gaze to Elizabeth Gilbert. Are self-deprecating personal growth stories necessarily a good thing? Is Gilbert the Read More
This weekend, The Guardian featured a profile of Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. In the story, headlined Lucky Me, Emma Brockes offers a hard-edged take on the journalist-turned-memoirist, writing, "There are lots of paths to self-discovery, but most of them don’t conflate so many lucrative book markets in Read More
“Oh my God, my life was a total mess,” said 42-year-old Cathy Alter. “Seriously, I was married for almost five years, unhappily. … We hadn’t had sex in a really long time. I felt like his mommy—it just wasn’t good for me. I just felt kind of mean all the time. Mean and angry. And Read More