Mayor Michael Bloomberg today refused to explain his recent comment labeling Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign “racist.”
Speaking at since first open-question press conference since New York magazine published the controversial comments ten days ago, Mr. Bloomberg repeatedly insisted he would not talk about the race to succeed him.
“Look, I’m gonna stay out of this race,” he said in respond to the first question, which asked what he meant by the remark and whether he thought it played a role in Mr. de Blasio’s Democratic primary win.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to have actually retreated from his accusation that Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign was “racist” for deploying his multiracial family on the trail, according to an updated version of the New York magazine story that has dominated the campaign trail today.
Although the interview still quotes Mr. Bloomberg describing the campaign as “class-warfare and racist,” when pressed on “racist,” he is now quoted saying, “Well, no, no,”–suggesting the mayor did not entirely stand behind his own wording.
Thank You Come Again!
When Hank Azaria arrived to meet me at the corner of Central Park West and 75th Street one morning, his look was more Upper West Side dad than movie star—sneakers and gym shorts, water bottle in hand, backpack slung over his shoulder.
It isn’t hard for him to go incognito in the neighborhood where he Read More
Interview with a Vampire
“So, what’s it like living on abandoned island with your vampire family?” The Observer asked 22-year-old Bill Skarsgård, star of the new Netflix original series Hemlock Grove. (Out today! Consume it!) We were at No. 8, where the lanky Mr. Skarsgård was partying with his co-star, Landon Liboiron, and the show’s co-creator, Brian McGreevy, who also wrote the book on which the series is based.
Mr. Skarsgård looked slightly offended. “We don’t live on an island,” he said.
Although Nemo assailed our city with buckets of snow, threatening to grind Fashion Week to an unfashionable halt, The Observer would not be stopped. Shindigger was front and center at all the best New York Fashion Week had to offer. Who could forget Jason Wu’s billowy evening wear? Or Prabal Gurung’s must-buy Cesare Casadei military knee-high boots with python? What about Moncler’s stunning Star Wars-inspired fashion presentation?
Between the fabulously overpriced couture and the Oscar-worthy production values, the circus that is Fashion Week doesn’t just entertain us, it makes us whole again. With the desperate posing and the mere pleasure of sitting next to some of the most heinously obnoxious fashions mavens ever to breathe, it’s just consummate bliss!
A few weeks back, the author George Saunders, who is blond, with the shaggy beard of someone who has better things to think about than his appearance, was sitting in a Murray Hill hotel with The Observer, playing Jishaku, a Japanese strategy game involving magnets. Several rounds in, he abruptly announced that he would have to stop playing. He was “too competitive,” he said, and couldn’t “concentrate on winning and talking” at the same time.
Putting down his magnets, he launched into an explanation of his parodic use of idiomatic language in his fiction.
The concept had gestated during his years as a geophysical engineer and technical writer for Radian International, an environmental engineering company. There was a lot of on-the-job jargon.
“I got the idea that technical language isn’t necessarily nonpoetic language,” said Mr. Saunders, 54, whose sixth book, the story collection Tenth of December, came out last week from Random House. Eventually, he left Radian to pursue an M.A. in creative writing at Syracuse University. “I’d understand it,” he said of his Radian-speak (though he could have also been telling of his fiction), “but to the outside world it would sound like this nonsense language.”
While conducting a new Interview chat with Mila Kunis, James Franco indicated that another costar of his is something of a diva:
The movie is a comedy, but it’s kind of an outrageous one, and this actress—I won’t say who, but she had a smaller role in the film—walked off the movie in Read More
If you’re a visitor to New York, here’s a little trick to play on your hotel concierge: Slip him or her a nice tip, say $100, and let it be known that you’d be so eternally grateful for a pair of tickets to Elective Affinities, the new one-woman show starring Zoe Caldwell.
It’s not going to happen.
You’ll have no better luck if you’re a New Yorker, but the experience will be less fun, because the abject failure will be yours alone.
Elective Affinities, you see, is a very tough ticket, probably the toughest in town.
Occupy Wall Street
When Fox News turned their cameras on the 31-year-old Daily Kos writer Jesse LaGreca last Wednesday, they didn’t know what they were in for. Not only did Fox producer Griff Jenkins get schooled all over the Internet — forcing Greta Van Susteren to respond on why they didn’t air the footage of Mr. LaGreca’s statements – but suddenly the somewhat haphazard movement was given a clear and distinct voice.
“Fox News wants to laugh at us,” Mr. LaGreca told us in a phone interview Tuesday evening. “To say that we’re unruly, that we’re to be laughed at….because that fits into their narrative, which is that only free markets can save us. Only unregulated capitalism can save us. And anyone in opposition to that needs to be attacked and marginalized.’”
Last fall, Vanity Fair writer Bob Colacello decided to sell a portrait that Andy Warhol made of him in 1980, when Mr. Colacello was working for Interview, and decided to take along a Vanity Fair camera crew to document the experience. The video was just released and, boy, is it good!
The painting was Read More