One sunny afternoon a few summers back, some dudes gathered at Guy Mellitz’ studio apartment on 21st Street and Third Avenue to bro-out.
There was Ted, an aspiring James Taylor type; Jason, an aspiring TV editor, who occasionally played fiddle to Ted’s guitar; Subieta, a friend of Jason’s from Read More
"Hey! There’s Tom Wolfe," said the photographer Mark Seliger at the Ralph Lauren store in Soho last night where he was celebrating his latest book of photographs, The Music Book.(Mr. Seliger’s built a noteworthy career as the staff photographer for Rolling Stone from 1992 to 2002, a tenure during which most of the photographs in Read More
It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.
A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist, gave an interview to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the choicest bits of which were brought to my attention Read More
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission may vote on developer Aby Rosen‘s proposed Norman Foster-designed commercial tower at 980 Madison Avenue at its meeting next week, according to a Landmarks spokeswoman. Such a move would bring to an end a more than two-year debate over a planned tower at the site, which has sparked Read More
In May, The Observer‘s Felix Gillette looked at HBO’s hiring of former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown and The New York Times‘ Frank Rich as "creative consultants."
At the time, he wrote:
Ms. Brown said that since January, she’s pitched two projects—an idea for a series and an idea for Read More
“He’s a one-off persona,” Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman told the Transom after Clay Felker’s memorial at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Monday, Sept. 22. Mr. Zuckerman was hoofing it up four flights of stairs to a more intimate celebration for Mr. Felker on the fourth floor. “He’s the only person I Read More
Location: In 2006, you went after the developer Aby Rosen’s plans for a glass tower at 980 Madison in The Times, writing that the Landmarks Preservation Commission would let him build whatever he wanted. They’ve since made him and his partners redraft and scale back plans. Are you glad you won?
After Clay Felker passed away Tuesday morning in Manhattan, The Observer spoke to some who knew him well.
The first time I ever screamed “fuck” in front of a room full of women was when I got mad at Clay at the Esquire offices. We were having this argument Read More
Two things we learned from reading Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Dealbook column in today’s New York Times: 1. Tom Wolfe rides the Hampton Jitney; and 2. He thinks Sherman McCoy, the protagonist of his 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities would be sunk in the current economic climate. (Join the club, Sherman!)
As Read More
Tom Wolfe responded in this week’s Observer to Aby Rosen’s allegations of anti-Semitism in Mr. Wolfe’s 2006 New York Times op-ed about Mr. Rosen’s plans for 980 Madison.
Here was Mr. Rosen in The Observer last week:
I like productive criticism; I try to criticize things all the time, not because I’m Read More