Our Man In Havana
It’s not your typical relaxing day in Martha’s Vineyard: while on vacation, Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg got a call out of the blue from Fidel Castro’s office, inviting him down to the island for a chat, he explains in a piece titled “Fidel to Ahmadinejad: ‘Stop Slandering the Jews.’” Apparently Fidel simply liked one Read More
He may have been at death’s door for a few years earlier this century, but Fidel Castro has returned almost full-force to the public eye in Cuba. Even if his brother Raul is technically the man in charge, Castro is back on TV screens and airwaves all across Cuba as if it is 1964 all Read More
Harlem is a place that provokes the kind of grand, sweeping proclamations usually reserved for dying social movements or God. Harlem is nowhere (Ralph Ellison); Harlem is heaven (Bill “Bojangles” Robinson); Harlem is the new black (T-shirts hawked on 125th Street). It is a physical place as much as an idea, roughly determined Read More
Paris Hilton broke up with Benji Madden so she could return to pursuing attention full time. [US Weekly]
Bill Clinton and David Paterson bonded over a back massage at yesterday’s Triborough Bridge renaming ceremony. [P6]
Jessica Biel will not be overseeing a handbag line for boyfriend Justin Timberlake‘s William Rast Read More
Although some members of Congess were cautious about the significance of Fidel Castro’s resignation this morning, Congressman Jose Serrano of the Bronx thinks that the U.S. should engage with his brother, Raul, who is now in power.
In a public statement, Serrano said, “now that he has voluntarily stepped aside and relinquished power, Read More
Who knew supermodel Naomi Campbell, a relatively new contributing editor at British GQ, would land the Latin-America beat? For her first interview, Ms. Campbell sat down with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez—but that, it now seems, was just the beginning.
Next up: a meeting with Fidel Castro, the increasingly reclusive aging Read More
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, British GQ’s new contributing editor, kicked things off at the magazine by interviewing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. In the four-page interview, Mr. Chavez talks about his fears that President George W. Bush wants to kill him, his dream to unite South America by 2020 and how the world is currently watching America’s Read More
Here is a slightly random interview with O. Aldon James, Jr. the whimsical and colorful president of the National Arts Club. He hosted a book party last night in Gramercy for Herman Badillo which was attended by Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg plugged Badillo’s book, One Nation, One Standard, which talks about having high educational Read More
On Monday night in Havana, Fidel Castro reportedly lay in a hospital bed, recovering from abdominal surgery and carrying the weight of the revolution on his shoulders as his nation held its breath. Twelve hundred miles away, in Brooklyn, his ideological battles were fiercely being waged.
On the Prospect Park Bandshell stage that evening, a Read More
Addressing the issue of why liberals don’t speak up about Israel, Kevin Drum, the Political Animal, justifies silence by saying the issues are “complex” and because “posts that display any sense of sympathy for the Palestinians run the risk of provoking a shitstorm of accusations of anti-semitism.”
Drum should be applauded for his candor; Read More