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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres



"Bill Clinton worked his famous charm on supermodel Christie Brinkley at pharma billionaire Stewart Rahr's party. Security at Rahr's Wainscott estate was tight on Saturday, with guests including Prince Albert of Monaco, Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Carl Icahn, Donald Trump, Jonathan Tisch, David Koch, Leon Black, Steve Cohen, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Veronica Webb, David Foster, LL Cool J, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. During Lionel Richie's performance, Clinton was spotted having a long and intense conversation with Brinkley. Prince Albert was trying to catch a plane, but Rahr dragged Richie over and had the singer ask him to 'stay an extra hour until his performance was over,' a partygoer reports. When Albert declined, Rahr added, 'If I donate $1 million to your favorite charity, will you stay?' His Serene Highness replied with a glare, 'For the children, I will stay.'" (PageSix)



"Born Rich Filmmaker Jamie Johnson's luxe clothing label Black Sweater is named after a tradition at the Jupiter Island Club on Hobe Sound, a teensy, preppy island in Florida. If a member of the WASPy country club made a big whoopsie (had an affair, upchucked at the beach club cafeteria) the grande dame of the island Mrs. Permelia Reed would mail them a black sweater -- a sinister symbol that you would not be spending the winter in the sun, but rather having a chilly vacation on the East Coast. Brrrr. I grew up going on vacation to 'Jupiter,' as we called it, and when my hijinks went from smoke bombing the tennis courts (age 10) to beer bongs on the golf course (age 15), my mother would cry out that a black sweater was most definitely being shipped in my name from the mysterious, powerful Mrs. Reed." (Peter davis)



"The author, however – and perhaps it’s because she is a woman in business – is able to explain the problems and the financials that created them in laymen’s terms. You get what actually happened that brought us to this point, and you get the people who participated in it and why and how they did. That’s the teacher in her. Plus she is a good story teller, adept at turning the page and changing the subject just when you want to know more. She has a mystery writer’s natural cleverness with the 'twist' ... The world of the Recessionistas centers around Wall Street in the last two years – the glory ride to the moon before the chips began to fall. These people made, as we all know, billions, which they spent with an almost institutionalized profligacy and adolescent boastfulness. They redefined what we have always called Society in New York in much the same way the Robber Barons redefined it during the Gilded Age. And then the rug got pulled out from under them, as happened to their immediate forebears in the 1929 stock market crash." (NYSocialDiary)



"The best part of my iPhone4 is photographing street art from Echo Park to the Lower East Side and posting it on All City a graffiti app that finds your location anywhere on the planet and then tells you if there is a Banksy or Neckface nearby. On my street art safaris, I started noticing these simple, beautiful three-color paint drip pieces on newspaper boxes and walls around NYC and L.A. I found out they were created by artist/filmmaker Gregory Siff who is doing them as promotional pieces for a film he is making. Talk about guerilla/subliminal advertising! 'The three colors is a way for me to express the way a character in a film that i wrote, Vinny, sees the world,' Siff tells me. "The art is a street campaign to an eventual fruition of the movie painT, a modern day telling of the life of the artist Vincent van Gogh." (Papermag)

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