Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Lunch at Michaels

Today was probably the first day that many of the media regulars at Michaels Restaurant NYC returned from their winter holiday destinations. I got to hang out and play catch up with David Patrick Columbia, one of the most interesting conversationalists as well as the editor of Quest magazine and David just wrote a sharp piece today observing the tragic murder of hedge fund manager Thomas Gilbert, Sr by his own son. If you have not read it, please do. It says a lot about the present trajectory of society.

Michael McClarty was in the house, looking tan and rested. Actually, Michael -- the namesake of Michaels -- always looks tan and rested, which probably comes from owning such an incredible sociological/gastronomical/media phenomenon on both coasts. The brilliant Diane Clehane, Michaelsologist extraordinaire, stopped over to talk about Downton Abbey (and The Affair). No one is better than Diane at parsing the drama of that PBS powerhouse. Michaels, in a sense, is not unlike the complex social relationships of Downton Abbey. Just saying.

Also in the house: Star Jones, Joanna Coles of Cosmopolitan, Mel Karmazin, the very well-dressed Richard Farley, author of the upcoming "Wall Street Wars," Michael von Mueffling, Suri Kasirer,  and Rob Zimmerman of the Democratic National Committee -- among others.

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