Monday, November 26th

“I’ve known Cathie since she was a young wunkerkind working for USA Today,” gossipeuse Liz Smith told us when we called to ask about Hearst head honcho Cathie Black’s Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), which Ms. Smith and Ms. Black will discuss at the 92nd Street Y. “And she just outstripped everyone around her. Now she’s like one of those women who has it all: Kids, wonderful husband; she’s good looking, she’s sexy—she’s sort of a dream girl in a way.” O.K., change of subject! “She has one thing in there about dealing with your enemies and your detractors,” continued Ms. Smith. “Her advice is the same as mine: You have to ignore your enemies and rise above them because you’ll never get revenge and satisfaction. If you’re big enough and irritating enough to be attacked, then accept that as part of your success.” Ms. Smith then shared one of her own former revenge fantasies: “When I was attacked early in my career by a famous press agent, I always wanted to get a key to his apartment and have it painted in black enamel. I wasted a lot of time thinking about that.”

[Liz Smith and Cathie Black at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, 8:15 p.m., www.92y.org]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Monday, November 26th