The Observer put down our book last Saturday and ventured out to Gardiner Farm for the eighth annual Authors Night at the East Hampton Library. By the time we arrived, a plethora of library patrons—evidently undeterred by the cloudy skies—swarmed the tent in hopes of chatting up their favorite writers.
Hosted by library benefactors Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith, the reception boasted a guest list of more than 100 authors—everyone from the former Real Housewife of New York Kelly Killoren Bensimon, author of the “supermodel diet” book I Can Make You Hot, to the esteemed Lyndon Johnson biographer Robert Caro. Literary aficionados of all breeds meandered between tables with plastic cups of wine, accumulating stacks of personally inscribed hardcovers.
Sitting beside a large pile of copies of his second autobiography, Dick Cavett appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the attention of a throng of admirers and photographers. As we approached, he spontaneously grabbed both sides of our head and pulled us in for a dramatic kiss on the cheek. “I just wanted to give the photographer a thrill,” he whispered, a gleam in his eye.
The redesign of 34th Street has come in for its fair—or unfair, depending on perspective—share of criticism in the lead up to today’s launch of Select Bus Service on the thoroughfare. One person who would gladly board that bus, so to speak? None other than Robert Caro.
Having worked on his exhaustive biography of Lyndon B. Johnson for almost three decades, Robert A. Caro has delivered the manuscript for the fourth installment, leaving only one more volume before the magnum opus is complete. The Passage of Power will be published by Knopf in May, continuing the story begun in The Path to Power (1982), Means of Ascent (1990) and Master of the Senate (2002). Mr. Caro has already won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and the books have collectively sold more than 1 million copies.
Not since David Lynch (tried) to adapt Dune for the screen has The Observer had such conflicted feelings about a movie: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oliver Stone will adapt The Power Broker, Robert Caro’s epic 1,161-page door stop of glory, into an HBO special.
Stage and Street
If they can make a musical about Atlantic Yards, why not one about Robert Caro’s mammoth book The Power Broker? The Times brought none other than Caro himself to a rehearsal for the new musical about Robert Moses, a show that sounds like a real hit:
Roads blast through;
Speaking as the 100th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s birth approached last summer, biographer Robert Caro spoke of how Johnson’s presidency managed to be both triumphant and disastrous at the same time.
“You listen to the [people] who were concerned with what Lyndon Johnson did on the domestic side, and you say, ‘There Read More
Tonight, on a lower floor of the haute new mega-condo Fifteen Central Park West, in a three-bedroom, 3,444-square-foot apartment that deific Ted Sorensen and his wife Gillian bought last November for $10.75 million, people who are smarter than just about everyone currently alive in New York City will be gathering to privately celebrate tonight’s election. Read More
The prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced eight new inductees, including historian Robert Caro, New Yorker humorist Calvin Trillin and poet Paul Muldoon. Founded in 1898, the academy is "an honor society of 250 architects, composers, artists, and writers," according to its web site, with new members voted in as "vacancies occur." 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
Robert Caro, he of The Power Broker fame, started off his lecture on Sunday praising the exhibition which challenges his pre-eminence in Moses scholarship if it doesn’t also challenge his interpretation of the city’s master builder. “I think it’s a fair and even-handed job.”
But throughout the next hour, Mr. Caro kept making Read More