| Dec 4, 2010
Bill Bratton insists the steak tips on garlic toast weren't bad. But that's not to say he went to Elaine's on Manhattan's Upper East Side for the food.
No one did.
Elaine's was a scene, a clubhouse, an escape from the loneliness of the New York night...
| Aug 1, 2010
If clothes can tell a story, the mix of dresses, jewelry, boots, buttons, lace and beading at the West Hollywood boutique Clothespin add up to a novel of epic proportions.
First, there are the never-worn vintage fabrics from the 1940s, cut in 18...
| Aug 15, 2010
Red Hook Road
Doubleday: 344 pp., $25.95
Ayelet Waldman is a worrier. Because she is the mother of four children, ages 7 to 16, that shouldn't be surprising. Her last book, "Bad Mother," a work of nonfiction, outlined many of...
| Jan 16, 2011
Having dinner with Michael Kors is like having dinner with Auntie Mame. When you sit down with him, you know nobody is going to be at a loss for words or laughs.
Over hamburgers and vodkas a few nights before his spring runway show last September, he was...
| Oct 30, 2011
"Writers," Joan Didion observed in 1968, "are always selling somebody out." It's one of those classic Didion statements, epigrammatic yet personal, a line that unpacks itself the more we consider what it implies. Didion may have been referring to...
| Dec 28, 2011
Helen Frankenthaler, a New York artist whose bursts of color achieved by pouring thinned paint onto canvas from coffee cans helped point art in fresh directions after the initial post-World War II explosion of Abstract Expressionism, has died. She was 83....
| May 21, 2006
"North of Montana" is a real estate designation that may soon have the cachet of Bel-Air or New York's Upper East Side. But long before toddlers simply had to have their own bathrooms, this area of Santa Monica was a popular family neighborhood....
| Jan 29, 2010
"Don't ever tell anybody anything," J.D. Salinger wrote in the closing lines of "The Catcher in the Rye." "If you do, you start missing everybody."
For more than two decades now, I've thought about that ending as a piece of code. Not that Salinger, who...
| Mar 19, 2010
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I was having lunch with a friend yesterday who is sensing a bit of "Project Runway" fatigue. She largely blames Lifetime and thinks there was a drop in quality in the show's producing from the move from Bravo. I personally......
| Apr 26, 2009
Doubleday: 288 pp., $24.95
The author video is fast becoming de rigueur on the book-promoting front -- even, apparently, for critically feted, MacArthur "genius" award-winning writers such as Colson Whitehead. Now...
| Jan 25, 2009
New York designer Roberta Freymann's bib necklaces with colorful sequins and chandelier drops have to be my single favorite discovery of 2008. Perfect for this post-luxe life, they're inspired by a maharajah's jewels, only they're plastic and $225. And...