Finding an unpublished George Gurley piece is like opening a perfectly written time capsule. In May 2001, New York City was preparing to say farewell to a term-limited Rudy Giuliani and welcome anyone from Mark Green to Freddy Ferrer to Michael Bloomberg as its first new leader in eight years. An intrepid young Observer reporter named George Gurley hit the party scene to ask prominent New Yorkers what they thought would happen to the city. He wrote it up and then … it disappeared.
The Observer never published Mr. Gurley’s observations, captured first at the annual benefit for the African Rainforest Conservancy, held at the Park on 17th Street and Tenth Avenue and the second was for the tenth anniversary of the Paramount Hotel.
Twelve years later, as we approach another change of guard at City Hall, Mr. Gurley got to thinking about that piece. When he realized it hadn’t seen the light of day, Mr. Gurley, still an intrepid young Observer reporter, brought it to our attention.
Big Apple Idolatry
– Lindsay Lohan and her mom got into a limo fight on Long Island that was so bad the cops needed to be called. Which means it must have been really bad, because limo fights on Long Island is like traffic on the FDR: pretty routine on the weekdays.
– Amber Tamblyn and Read More
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So you thought that Kenneth Starr and Linda Tripp already discovered everything you never wanted to know about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky’s affair back in the 1990s? Think again.
Ms. Lewinsky, the woman who will forever be the intern with a stained blue dress, has decided to capitalize on her long-lived fame and sullied name. The Post reports that she got a $12 million book deal, although the publisher has not been disclosed. That’s a lot of money (especially in these days of austerity and low book advances) but apparently Ms. Lewinsky has the goods.
On Jan. 3, the night of the Iowa caucuses, ABC political reporter Jake Tapper appeared on “Nightline” from Des Moines, where he reported live on Mike Huckabee’s surprise victory.
Afterward, he caught an overnight flight on the Hucka-plane to New Hampshire, where, around dawn, he filed a story for “Good Morning America.”
That evening, he Read More
From the Palm Beach Post:
During President Clinton’s scandal with intern Monica Lewinsky, Foley sharply criticized him for his sexual misconduct with the young adult.
“It’s vile,” Foley said in 1998. “It’s more sad than anything else — to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain.” Read More
If you can trust the word of a publisher in promotion mode, then Living History is making money: Simon & Schuster reported on Tuesday, June 10, that 200,000 Americans had celebrated the first two days of publication of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s memoir by paying $28 and taking it home. Here at The Observer (which Senator Read More
The Clinton administration’s grave comedy of manners has been rehashed so many times now, and tossed off so many strange offspring, that any remaining, would-be Clintonian chroniclers are left staring at (ahem! Ed Klein) the bottom of the literary barrel.
There’s no way left to swing it, so a troupe of eager musical theater folk Read More
The Washingtonienne, by Jessica Cutler. Hyperion, 304 pages, $24.98
“Sex: in America, an obsession. In other parts of the world, a fact,” said Marlene Dietrich. And in that vein, The Washingtonienne arrives this month, to celebrate the beginning of the summer-intern season and the fact that we’ve only managed to regress further into the abyss Read More
If you can trust the word of a publisher in promotion-mode, then Living History is making money: Simon & Schuster reported on Tuesday, June 10, that 200,000 Americans had celebrated the first two days of publication of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s memoir by paying $28 and taking it home. Here at The Observer (which Senator Clinton Read More
“I was kind of disappointed I didn’t bring my opium pipe,” The View co-anchor Lisa Ling told the crowd at the beginning of the annual James Beard Foundation Awards at the New York Marriott Marquis on May 6. Ms. Ling, who M.C.’d the event, was making some reference to the theme of the evening-”The Spice Read More