Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Media-Whores D'Oevres

(image via newyorksocialdiary)

"A very hot late June Tuesday in New York. At noontime I went over to the New-York Historical Society for their annual Strawberry Festival luncheon ... The N-YHS Strawberry Luncheon (revived 8 years ago by among others, Joan Jakobson) is now in the 21st century ... Today’s speaker was Michelle Obama, the wife of the Presidential candidate. I’ve been to most of these luncheons over the past few years and I’ve heard some interesting women including Hillary Clinton, and Liz Smith and Wendy Wasserstein, and Lesley Stahl, to name only four. They are all always interesting to hear – and to see in person. Your perception is altered by the experience of seeing them in the flesh, up close, and talking... Yesterday’s luncheon was a sell-out because of her. There was also a bank of photographers and vidcams in the luncheon room – something I’d never seen at this event before." David Patrick Columbia in NewYorkSocialDiary)

"Nathan Lane wants to end discrimination - and give heterosexuals a pride march...Lane was being honored by the Trevor Project, a national crisis and suicide-prevention help line for gay and questioning youth. Speaking of questioning - look, there's Jodie Foster! According to a source, the petite actress donated $150,00 to help open a New York call center." (Gatecrasher)

"Zimbabwe’s government has put forward legislation that would require virtually all publicly traded companies to cede controlling interests to 'indigenous' citizens, raising the possibility of a sizable redistribution of the country’s remaining wealth at a time when its economy is collapsing ...Prices change daily, if not hourly; one news report last week noted that golfers at a Harare country club were paying for their 19th-hole drinks before teeing off after discovering that prices were rising while they were on the course." (NYTimes)

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