May 2, 2009 |
On a cloudy day in the meatpacking district, images of the old world -- men in bloody aprons, lonely figures with upturned collars walking down by the Hudson -- blur into those of the new: freakishly tall blonds who get their spike heels stuck in the cobblestones. This is Jay McInerney territory. His latest book, "How It Ended: New and Collected Stories," covers several decades in this, his chosen neighborhood, his adopted hometown within a town.
July 15, 2007 |
WAY, way back in the early '60s, Andy Warhol inflamed the art world with his Campbell's soup cans. Was it art or was it advertising? Since then, the lines have become more blurred as corporations sponsor everything from art museums to concert halls. The commercials preceding movies today are only slightly more blatant than the product placement in the films themselves. In the future, I can envision the L.A. Philharmonic's cellos covered with corporate logos.
May 28, 2006 |
FOR 10 years, BlackBook magazine has been doing a bait and switch: using fashion to direct people's attention to more provocative issues. Tucked within its glossy, ad-laden pages is some of the more boisterous prose to be found on a magazine rack. Now, BlackBook's editor, Aaron Hicklin, has gathered the best of that writing into an anthology celebrating its first decade, "The Revolution Will Be Accessorized: BlackBook Presents Dispatches From the New Counterculture."
February 17, 2006 |
Another novelist might shy away from facing the horror of 9/11 head-on. Another novelist might turn to allegory or symbolism to describe that terrible time. Not Jay McInerney. Not the man who has chronicled the well-heeled yet restless souls of New York since he made his stunning debut more than 20 years ago with "Bright Lights, Big City." "I've always written about the larger social events of the moment.
January 24, 2006 |
Jay McInerney's new novel has a famous, perhaps infamous, admirer: James Frey. In an "Amazon.com Exclusive," the author of the disputed "A Million Little Pieces," calls McInerney's "The Good Life" his best since the author's sensational 1984 debut, "Bright Lights, Big City." Frey cites McInerney as an influence and likens the novelist to F. Scott Fitzgerald as a gifted writer who has struggled to overcome "huge, almost overwhelming early success."
November 12, 2001 |
We've come a long way, it would seem, from the charming subway breezes and innocent trips to the zoo celebrated in the classic Rodgers and Hart song "We'll Have Manhattan." David Schickler's Manhattan is a zoo of a different kind: an upscale, ultra-chic urban jungle full of exotic, or would-be exotic, specimens strutting their stuff. Their shared terrain is a stately, expensive and venerable apartment building on the Upper West Side called the Preemption, where many of them happen to live.