Algonquin Round Table
“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.
At the Lower East Side’s Angel Orensanz Center on Monday night for their show’s second season premiere, Flight of the Conchords stars Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie seemed prepared to weather the dour economy. "If any show’s going to survive, it’s going to be us," said Mr. McKenzie, referring to the Conchords‘ low budget. (Two Read More
Early last month, John Hodgman, the bulbous-headed, bookish comedy writer who plays the PC in a popular series of Apple commercials, was at The Daily Show offices introducing the program’s producer, Miles Kahn, to Twitter: the “microblogging” platform that in 2008 became the latest social networking craze for geeks, writers, celebrities and media types. Read More
Comedian and author John Hodgman made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night to promote his new book, More Information Than You Require, and showed all the folks at home what to do if they ever found themselves in his position.
"Literary immortality comes at a price," Mr. Read More
Microsoft Corp. has retaliated against Apple’s clever, youth-targeted ads by writing a $10 million check to Jerry Seinfeld to appear in its new ad campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The company, whose recent quarterly profit growth has been upstaged by Apple, is hoping that the 54-year-old comedian will help make Windows Read More
Housingworks bookstore served gin and carrots last night; they were having a party and a lot of people who work in publishing were there. You could tell it was 2007 because it was a benefit for people living with AIDS and the DJ was playing some really recent Sonic Youth. But in some ways, it Read More
McSweeney’s with milk and cookies; host warms up city’s icy literary tribe; Plimpton, Bloom figure prominently
John Hodgman was drinking a smoothie inside the cavernous Galapagos Art Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Soon the 32-year-old would switch to rye whiskey. It was 7:30 p.m., and the place was filling up with the 100 or so people Read More