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December 1, 2013
Peter Kaplan Editor hired 'Sex and the City' columnist Peter Kaplan, 59, the former editor of the New York Observer who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called "Sex and the City," died Friday of cancer in New York City, said his wife, Lisa Chase. He edited the Observer from 1994 to 2009. The salmon-colored weekly has a reach beyond its circulation of about 50,000 because it is read by the Manhattan-based movers and shakers it covers. Kaplan was credited with honing the paper's snarky tone and hiring writers who became influential voices.
November 30, 2013 |
Legendary Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland was probably the world's most reliable generator of quotable fashion speak. ("Pink is the navy blue of India," anyone?) And the latest book of her jotted-down thoughts, "Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years" (edited by Alexander Vreeland, Rizzoli, $55), adds to the canon. If anyone in the style realm comes close to being as quirkily quotable, it's designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose assorted barbs and quips are compiled in "The World According to Karl: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld" (edited by Sandrine Gulbenkian and Jean-Christophe Napias, Flammarion, $29.95)
November 15, 2013 |
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a loner cop in possession of a traumatic back story must be in want of a partner. He (and very occasionally she) may bitterly refute this but we, and his superiors, know better. Sometimes this partner will be a rookie, or a woman, or a person of a different race. In Fox's "Alien Nation," which aired in 1989, he was from another planet. No matter the particulars, the partner will seem at first to be nothing but trouble, the loner cop's worst nightmare.
November 9, 2013 |
For the next installment of our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide, we turn to the Ojai Art Festival, running through Nov. 24 -- a celebration of work made from trash and meant to provoke questions about waste. That's where, if you're lucky, you'll see the barbed wire baskets of Karl Vidstrand. The artist scavenges in the Mojave, near where he lives, for the desert detritus that accents his pieces. What's intriguing about the resulting designs is that they subversively prevent each basket from performing its function: holding stuff.
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September 23, 2013 |
When Karl Rove starts truth-squadding fellow Texas Republicans over the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, you know there are some tall tales floating around. On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Chris Wallace of Fox News: “You know what's interesting? Last week, the Wall Street Journal, for the first time in years, found Republicans are leading on healthcare. Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats on healthcare.” A few minutes later, Rove, a Fox analyst, called him out. “I do want to correct one small thing that Sen. Cruz said,” Rove said.
September 9, 2013 |
Dennis Rodman is ready to take basketball diplomacy to the next level. Fresh off his second controversial trip to North Korea, the flamboyant former NBA star announced plans to stage a pair of exhibition games there in January, featuring a team of fellow ex-basketball players. He even threw out a couple of names on his wish list: Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone. But there's no word on whether his fellow Hall of Famers will be joining Rodman on his next trip to the repressive state that considers the U.S. a sworn enemy and has sentenced American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor for alleged hostile acts against North Korea.