VANITY FAIR: It’s a Tree of Wonderful Life.

FADE IN:

EXT. BEDFORD FALLS—CHRISTMAS EVE

Through the expansive darkness, we slowly begin to see A LIGHT. It is a red light. Though perhaps it isn’t a light at all. Or even red. We’re just guessing. It is looming, undulating, vague. What is this light (or non-light)? Is it the universe? Is it a star collapsing in on itself? O.K., if the light is a light, then it’s red, but not quite as red as before, though perhaps redder, and vaguer, and definitely more looming and undulating. Read more at VanityFair.com.

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VANITY FAIR: The Greatest Art Basel Party in the History of Mankind.

On behalf of HSBC Bank, Fiji Water, the Government of Finland, and the Edible Arrangements Corporation of North America, you are cordially invited to the greatest Art Basel Miami Beach party in the history of mankind. Humanity has yet to behold such a truly magnificent party, with a gathering of luminaries, celebrities, socialites, sociables, sociopaths,bons vivants, and hangers-on, the likes of which haven’t convened since the sinking of the Titanic. Read more at VanityFair.com.

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HUFFINGTON POST: Thanksgiving: A Questionnaire for Dinner Guests.

We’re so happy you’ve decided to spend Thanksgiving dinner with us! In order to ensure the dinner proceeds as smoothly as possible, we ask that you please take a moment to complete the following questionnaire. Mark your answers clearly with a Number 2 pencil, and return this form to your hosts at your earliest convenience. Gobble, gobble!

I. Background

Gender:
□ Male
□ Female
□ It’s complicated

Marital status:
□ Single
□ Married
□ Divorced
□ To be resolved during the course of the dinner

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VANITY FAIR: The Odysnooki, a Homeric Recounting of Jersey Shore, Season 4.

Tell us the tale, oh MTV, the tale of your Jersey Shore ,

Of the brave sons, and of the oft-shrieking daughters,

With racks most impressive and spray tans liberally applied.

Leave us no longer in need, oh MTV, a subsidiary corporation of Viacom,

For some mad wicked drama on a slow Thursday night,

As our intelligence down the shitter goes.

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AVENUE: Steven Kolb.


If fashion is about appearance, then the calm, soft-spoken man who commands a central role in what could be called the nexus of the style monde seems in contrast with the fast-paced, frenzied fashion industry. “When I first started, Stan Herman liked to joke that I knew nothing about fashion,” says Steven Kolb, the bespectacled ringmaster of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who has been described, almost universally, as being the nicest guy in the industry. Read more at Avenue Magazine.

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Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2012.

Steven Alan.

For some reason, I’ve always been glad to start the men’s portion of New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with the Steven Alan presentation. His work seems to be a study in unfussiness, a virtue that so often gets lost in hems and threads of other designers. But such is perhaps a testament to Alan’s fashion background, which began in 1994 with the opening of the Steven Alan Showroom. Soon, he came to be seen as a curator of casual American fashion, and when he started his own collections several years later, it was through this curatorial prowess — and presence — that he carved his niche in the menswear market, by revisiting the vocabulary of American casual in an eminently easy-to-wear way. And this morning’s presentation proved no exception. Read more at Paper magazine.

NUMBER:Lab.

With the first official day of New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week well underway, we now turn to the sporting set, with yesterday’s NUMBER:Lab show at the Standard Hotel’s Highline Ballroom. The line was launched in 2007 by Luis Fernandez, a former architect, and business partner Greg Lawrance, and Fernandez was recently announced as having been selected to participate in the next class of the CFDA Fashion Incubator. Read more at Paper magazine.

Tim Coppens.

When it comes to menswear, I usually tend to pass hasty judgment on anything that might be considered high concept, and am generally wary of collections that include either voluminous pants or tunic shirts. And yet, it was the work of high concept Belgian designer Tim Coppens, whose collection included both of the aforementioned garments, that I found to be the most compelling at yesterday’s shows. In fact, even though the week is still young, I’m ready to call his collection a favorite. Read more at Paper magazine.

Duckie Brown.

It’s good to see designers marching to the beat of their own drums. In the case of Messrs Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown, that drum seemed to herald a post-industrial utilitarianism for the men of spring 2012. Yesterday’s show began on a heavy note — nylon stealth bomber jackets and sleeveless matched with dramatically pleated trousers, presented in monochromatic waves of black. Read more at Paper magazine.

Billy Reid.

Yesterday at Milk Studios, Alabama-based, CFDA Award winning-designer Billy Reid presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection in a setting meant to invoke the inspiring force behind his latest work — the American songwriter. Read more at Paper magazine.

Antonio Azzuolo.

Far too often do we — those who write reviews — get stuck in our heads about what we want to say — we are in a rush, attempting to capture staccato glimpses of any given collection, trying to remain coy and aloof, framing our praise and criticism in trends or themes, in the color of a shirt or the fit of a coat. For various reasons, we often fail to express what’s really on our minds. These were the thoughts I had when I attended yesterday’s presentation of Antonio Azzuolo’s a.a. collection at Milk Studios. Read more at Paper magazine.

Robert Geller.

Robert Geller, who formerly worked with Alexandre Plokhov on the preeminent Cloak label, brought a sense of stark yet crisp moodiness to yesterday’s menswear proceedings, with a collection that in some ways reminded me of Plokhov’s now defunct line, but that was decidedly Geller’s own. Read more at Paper magazine.

Simon Spurr.

For some reason, at Simon Spurr’s S/S ’12 show yesterday, my eyes kept wandering to the backs of the suits, almost as a technical afterthought. Fine tailoring, you see, is as much about the front of a suit as it is the back, about the hang of the shoulder, or the lay of the padding. Read more at Paper magazine.

Carlos Campos.

For spring, it seems that the cool thing to do has been to go heavy, or moody, or dark. Breaking from this sartorial doom and gloom was yesterday’s Carlos Campos presentation, where we were reminded that spring can be about color, and that those colors can sometimes be vibrant. Read more at Paper magazine.

Michael Bastian.

Having taken last season off to design his inaugural line for GANT, yesterday marked Michael Bastian’s return to the runways. While previous collections delved into the worlds of Andalucían cowboys and Latin American jefes, the Gant collaboration seems to have Bastian thinking about sartorial themes of the American male. And, judging from yesterday’s expansive 43 look collection, he’s been thinking — and designing — in overdrive. How lucky we are for it. Read more at Paper magazine.

GANT by Michael Bastian.

Yesterday, The Park was partially transformed into a tropical jungle as Michael Bastian, fresh off the heels of showing his S/S ’12 menswear line, presented his latest collection for GANT. Aptly titled “Sunshine Days,” the collection was inspired by the Hawaiian Islands, an interesting prospect considering Bastian had never been to Hawaii. Instead, the designer relied on his pop-culture knowledge of the island, which largely came from the television show The Brady Bunch. Read more at Paper magazine.

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HUFFINGTON POST: Your Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

Late last night, and based on my Twitter feed alone, I suddenly realized that while there sure are a lot of former New Yorkers down in Florida — mostly the old and infirm, driving along our highways in tank-like cars, at speeds that barely approach those attained while riding a bicycle — there doesn’t seem to be a lot of Floridians up in New York. This is a sorry state of affairs, especially with a hurricane approaching our fair city. And as we begin to batten down the hatches, and as increasingly shrill anchorpersons fill our airwaves with talk of tropical weather patterns, I can’t help but wonder: Who will be the voice of reason, the bellwether of calm and clarity, during these dark and stormy times? Read more at The Huffington Post.

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HUFFINGTON POST: This Is CNFMNSTV’s Lightning Brunch.

This is CNFMNSTV, the most reliable source for up-to-the-minute financial news from Wall Street and around the world, with far more letters than any other cable financial network, and hosted by our crackshot team of economists, gurus, and wizards — literally. Reporting live with your mid-day market report are anchors Stewart Brownberg and Andrea Chavez, Wall Street analyst Vince Robertson, and Udurtar-gul-ana, our CNFMNSTV Babylonian bārû-priest.

BROWNBERG: Welcome to Lightning Brunch, where we give you behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth analysis of today’s financial headlines, mostly through the art of restating the obvious.

CHAVEZ: Aligning bad news with bad developments and good news with good developments.

BROWNBERG: All the while striving to ignore any nuance to the naturally reactive cycles of free-market economies, but always bearing in mind our ethical responsibility not to further exacerbate or in any way worsen the current financial predicament, especially through the shallow pursuit of hype or ratings, by willfully cultivating any sense of PANIIIIIIIIIIIIIC!!!!!!!!!! Read more at The Huffington Post.

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VANITY FAIR: Super-Secret Bipartisan Pizza Party.

What follows is a transcript of senior-level discussions held late last night in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Minority LeaderNancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner were among those in attendance. Read more at VanityFair.com.

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ESQUIRE: Welcome to Awesomebook™!

Welcome to Awesomebook™, the social networking site that’s just awesome! We’re excited to be rolling out the new and improved site, Awesomebook Pro Plus Plus Pro Plus™, with upgraded features to help you experience our awesome online world of engaging with friends and making new ones.

You’ll soon realize that our site is more than just awesome. It will feng shui your living room. It can bake the perfect flan. It is the Aleph. It has been known to cause seizures in 14- to 16-year-olds. Now, one simple (yet awesome) Web site keeps track of the music you enjoy, the books you read, the movies you watch, and all the thoughts you have. Because this time, it’s the awesomest version of Awesomebook ever! Read more at Esquire.

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HUFFINGTON POST: Tractatus Twitter-Philosophicus.

A Brief Working Theory as to the Socio-Semiotic Lexicographic Post-Structuralist Aesthetic Paleographic Mechanisms of Twitter, afterWittgenstein. #Glee

1               Twitter is everything that is the case.
1.1           Twitter consists of tweets, which are general statuses of states of affairs.
1.2           The general status of everything is is that is the case.
1.21         The general status of everything is not wasor will be; there is limited past and no future to a tweet.
1.3           The status is the totality of the tweets.
1.4           The status is determined by the tweets, and by these being all of the tweets, though there are a few more coming through right now.
1.41         Would everyone please stop tweeting for a moment; I know that Glee is on, but I’m trying to have a rational thought here.

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HUFFINGTON POST: Wimbledon, Live from Frankfurt.


In our family, to think of Roger Federer as anything but the greatest player in the history of the game of tennis is nothing short of heresy; to extol his virtues would be like trying to fit one more angel on the head of a pin. And this was it, Federer versus Robin Soderling at the 2009 French Open, a historical event on par with witnessing Lord Nelson versus Napoleon at Trafalgar, Henry V versus Charles d’Albret at Agincourt. Now, Federer’s grail, his first win at the French Open, lay in sight, and with that victory, a chance at canonization like Saint Sampras before him. The red clay at Roland Garros never looked so promising.

And then, during the second set, with Soderling to serve, a man wearing a red shirt leaped from the bleachers and descended onto the court and ran up to Federer and put a hat on our hero’s head. My father was following the match on a very high definition television, a device which renders all sporting events and nature shows so immediate that fifteen minutes in, I get a headache and have to remove my glasses. Thus, I was in the next room, watching on a far less resolute screen, as security guards chased down the spectator. Then a more familiar disruption of play took place: The phone rang. After years of such calls, I already knew who it was, and already knew not to pick up the phone. Read more at The Huffington Post.

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HOUSE Magazine: The Whitney Museum.

House Magazine,
Issue #17, Summer 2011
The Whitney Museum.

With Warhols fetching princely – if not sheikhly – sums at recent auctions, it’s difficult to remember a time when American artists didn’t even have a home. But such a time did exist, and not so long ago. At the turn of the last century, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a young heiress by both birth and marriage, visited Europe, where she soon discovered the difference between New World and Old World artistic sensibilities: Europeans encouraged their young artists. Americans did not. As a budding sculptor in her own right, Whitney decamped to Paris, set up shop in XVI arrondissement, studied under August Rodin and became a sculptor in her own right. Upon her return to the States, she sought to emulate this European sensibility, and began her great patronage of the American arts with the Whitney Studio Club, an exhibition space for young painters and sculptors, built in the artists’ den that was Greenwich Village. As the years passed and her personal collection grew, Whitney tried to donate these works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They declined.

By adjoining two row houses to the Whitney Studio Club’s existing space, Whitney overcame this obstacle, and the inchoate Whitney Museum was born. Contemporary American art slowly started to creep from the avant-garde into the accepted, an advancement seemingly mimicked by the Whitney’s physical movement uptown – from its original home in the Greenwich Village, up to 54th Street in the 1950s.

In 1966, there was the move up to 75th and Madison. The museum’s new Upper East Side home was the work of Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer. Considered a masterpiece, the Breur building, as it came to be called, never sat easy with the neighbours – its vast granite façade cut with asymmetrical windows, a very literal and monolithic dividing wall separating the colossus of a museum from the gentrified brownstones next door. Continue reading

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HUFFINGTON POST: Fridays, No More.

Sometimes, there is news too cruel to accept, too confusing for our fragile minds to comprehend, too painful for our psyches to accommodate. We see reports of blood on the streets. Europe is bankrupt. The stock market goes up. The stock market goes down. Congressmen flash their hoo-hah all over the internet. And yet, through it all, there was Friday.

For those who are unaware of Rebecca Black (a doubtful prospect, indeed!) or her magnificent corpus of sheer Euterpean delight (i.e., her one and only song, “Friday”), she is a 13-year-old native of Anaheim, California, a middle-school student, who, on a shoestring budget, recorded a music video that quickly went viral, though deeming the whole phenomenon “viral” would understate the gravity and reach of viruses — with 167,000,000 YouTube views (at least 4,000 of them being mine), more people have watched Ms. Black’s video than died in the 1918 flu pandemic. Read more at The Huffington Post.

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HUFFINGTON POST: We Are Friends.

An Open Letter from Colonel Gaddafi to the American People.

Text Martin Marks  Illustration Brian Fee

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To the Good Citizens of the United States of America,

Over the past several days, I’ve taken time out of what has proven to be an increasingly hectic, NATO-warplane-filled schedule to address my people as to the geo-political benefits of serving as human shields, and to write your Congress a heartfelt little thank-you note for their continued support. But, over the weekend, I realized something quite shocking.  It has been a long time since you and I last spoke! An inexcusably long time! For this, I must apologize. You must trust me when I say that it is quite a challenge to run a modern democracy—there are so many elaborate costumes!

Now, you might be a teeny-tiny, eensy-weensy bit angry at me. A lot of things have happened over the years, things that might be termed by some as being—how to put this?—“explosive” in nature, and perhaps—though nothing can be proven—originating from our country, kept happening. Please know that the people responsible for these deeds—certainly not anyone that we know—will most assuredly and decisively be punished, if they haven’t been already, which, undoubtedly, they already have. Read more at The Huffington Post.

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