We had meticulously prepared for the philanthropic fundraiser on Thursday evening at The Desmond Tutu Centre, reading up on Princeton In Africa’s impressive resume, specifically about how the fellowship program had dispatched 34 fellows to spend a year undertaking various schemes across the vast continent during each of its 12 years since conception. But it was all for naught as we were handed presser upon presser at our arrival. Would we only be able to speak when spoken to? Would the patrons not prove ample?
Tina Brown’s Daily Beast, noted for spending lots of Barry Diller’s IAC dollars in the service of journalism, is entering another ailing industry. In conjunction with Perseus Books Group, Ms. Brown will be starting a Daily Beast book imprint.
Beast Books would produce titles by the site’s writers on a short schedule–two to four months Read More
Today marks the 261st commencement ceremony at Princeton University. Yesterday marked the day the esteemed Ivy gave an award to Stephen Colbert.
The Associated Press reports that Mr. Colbert was presented with “The Great Princeton Class of 2008 Understandable Vanity Award,” which was mounted on a mirror, during the university’s annual Read More
“It’s a Princeton versus Yale thing.”
That’s Edward Tenner, the author of Why Things Bite Back, summing up the rivalry between Robert Caro and the master builder.
Mr. Caro graduated Princeton in 1957; Moses finished Yale in 1909.
Mr. Tenner told The Real Estate:
There is a Read More
“Jonathan Butler, a 37-year-old Upper East Side native and Princeton graduate, has been blogging about Brooklyn real estate under the moniker Brownstoner for more than two years. He has, until now, kept his identity a secret, except to a tiny handful, including his wife Kira.”
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On Saturday, Feb. 17, the University Cottage Club, one of Princeton’s most exclusive eating clubs, threw its annual lingerie party. Around midnight, the club—which was founded in 1886—was packed with male and female students in various states of undress, and a girl in a black negligee was reflecting on how race and sex still play Read More
More than 150 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville detected in democracy a tendency toward despotism. Although it would degrade its citizens without tormenting them, democratic despotism might well be all-encompassing. Backed by the will of the majority, the government could become “the sole agent and the only arbiter” of status, success and happiness.
In Read More
Let’s go to the hop, oh baby
Yesterday our inbox was graced with an invitation to a ’50s-themed party (this Saturday night!) for New Jersey’s future Wildwood hotel / resort / condo.
But why is this invitation different from all other invitations? A kindly PR rep offered us ways to cover this Read More
COLLEEN: I picked my wedding venue the instant I saw it. I picked my florist the minute I met her. I picked my band before I even heard them. But for the last two weeks I’ve been wrestling with this minor wedding decision. Where will my guests stay?
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Eliot Spitzer’s next campaign mailing:
Eliot Spitzer: Princeton graduate, attorney general, future governor… yenta.
(Photo taken at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s 30th Annual Breafkast.)