“Good Lord, what’s happened to the picture?” wondered Lord William Waldorf Astor when he saw the empty wall space in Brooke Astor’s red-lacquered library, where her cherished Childe Hassam painting had hung.
For decades, the two Astors had visited each other across the Atlantic—two sides of the Read More
The late philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor had a “very nice, cordial relationship” with her son, Anthony Marshall, said Linda Gillies, longtime director of the now-defunct charitable foundation set up by Ms. Astor’s husband, Vincent Astor. “They spoke, they laughed together and they worked together.”
Yet, mother and son inevitably had their moments. Ms. Read More
Let’s say you’re a magazine editor and you need to illustrate a special issue about office life: What do you do for art? If you’re the editor of Businessweek and you’re compiling a special Business @ Work issue in collaboration with readers (a first, according to the magazine’s Web site), you just do Read More
The Return of History and the End of Dreams
By Robert Kagan
Alfred A. Knopf, 115 pages, $19.95
Consider the natural history of the Detroit muscle car: The Mustang began life in 1963 as a stripped-down roadster in the European tradition. As the culture and market matured, Ford responded each year with ad hoc Read More
Henry Kissinger loves the bloggers. Or at least one blogger, Karol Sheinin. She's got the lowdown on last night's dinner in celebration of Commentary Magazine.
In addition to collecting some fun photos, Karol picked up on a bit of news: The New York Sun's Ira Stoll said he'll be Read More
On the morning of May 14th, a certain Dr. Henry Kissinger was remembering the time the late, great Patricial Taylor Buckley received a phone call at her house at about 8 a.m.
The hour, close friends like Dr. Kissinger knew, was far too early to be calling Mrs. Buckley from any place but a hospital. Read More
NBC Nightly News last night offered three separate soundbites of Tom Brokaw, first in its opening coverage of the Ford funeral, then in an interview by Brian Williams, then in a special section of excerpts of eulogies. The royal placement, which gave even Henry Kissinger lower billing, continues the NBC pattern, of wheeling Brokaw in Read More
Henry Kissinger was just talking about soccer on the (rebroadcast of last night’s) Charlie Rose. Why isn’t American soccer good?
“There are not enough minorities.” The players tend to be “middle class, suburban children.” A similar point was made here. And this was before Ghana’s Draman stole the ball from the Read More
David Hirshey, soccer fan, HarperCollins heavyweight and regular Jewish mensch, had taken the better part of the afternoon off from work. So had such landsmen as Little, Brown editor in chief Geoff Shandler, author David Friedman and Gui Stampur, a former Columbia soccer captain with a wiry frame and European hair.
It was approaching noon Read More
Henry Kissinger isn’t typically thought of as a player in New York politics, but he’s everwhere these days.
Greg Sargent reported recently that he was hosting a Weld fundraiser.
And here’s from KT’s bio: “By the time she graduated at 21, she had moved up to become Kissinger’s personal research assistant, and Read More