Monthly Archives: April 2008

No Exit: Trapped in an Elevator

There is a video on the New Yorker website that shows an unfortunate man who spent several days trapped in an elevator in 1999. What we see is the video surveillance tape that no one looked at for 41 hours. The man, Nicholas White, got into the elevator at the McGraw Hill building at 11 […]

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Mary Wells Is Dizzied by the Beauty That Is Vancouver

[slideshow] As you know, I am in Vancouver. It may be the most beautiful city in the world. Crystal buildings step down to the sea where the boats are, and to the beautiful sea walk that circles the place. All of this is reflected hurly-burly in the sea along with the string of gorgeous crystal-top […]

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Whoopi: ‘Ma, Don’t Freak Out. But, Yes, This Is Marlon Brando’

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JOAN: Great memories, unexpected memories. This came out of our meeting yesterday when Whoopi … when, Whoopi, you were suddenly talking about Marlon Brando playing the piano for you. WHOOPI: Yes. Well, you know, I don’t even know what triggered it. He’s been on my mind the last couple of weeks anyway. I had never […]

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Who Is She? Part Three

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The alarm clock rang at six o’clock AM. She asked Bart if he’d mind having breakfast alone. “Sure,” he said. She told him she had had a rough night and trouble sleeping. “Feeling sick?” he asked. “No,” she said, “just wiped.” She turned over in bed and pulled the light blanket over her head to […]

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I Fell in Love with Him at the Venice Biennale

I fell in love with him at the Venice Biennale, he had birds and squirrels living under his arms, a fuzzy decaying corpse of a giant – some mysterious being had sprinkled glittering beads over him, so he twinkled … a nightmare? Oh no, an experience created by David Altmejd, a much-talked about artist. You […]

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Who Is She? Part Two

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Bart was breathing heavily. She tried to sleep but couldn’t. Her heart pounded so powerfully that she could see the light summer blanket that covered them both beat to its beat. She understood what it was to have a broken heart and wondered if infidelity uncovered could cause you to die. She had heard a […]

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Mary Wells Says This Gaudi-Gehry Experience You Have to Have

[slideshow] Shortly after Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao, Spain, Hubert de Givenchy took me there. I knew nothing about the museum at the time, but I would follow Hubert and camp out on an iceberg in Antarctica if he suggested it. I was intimate with a lot of museums in a lot of […]

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Who Is She?

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It was 12:30 a.m. Bart was working late. Being a lawyer in a high-pressure firm and having just become a managing partner was taking its toll. His nights were not his own. Many weekends he had to take the L.I.R.R. back to the city because his workload was so heavy. These demanding clients kept him […]

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What Happens to Us After We Die?

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JONI: So, William Buckley died and at the memorial his son Christopher told how his father was once asked what would be the right epitaph for him when he died. And — I believe his answer came from the Book of Job, or I read that it was — he said: “I know that my […]

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It Happened Last Night: Poetry Hour Moves from London to the Waverly

Josephine Hart, author of Damage, rocked the New York Public Library last night with Brian Dennehy and Mark Strong. If anyone can keep you on the edge of your seat about Robert Lowell and Robert Frost, and have you wishing they were going to join the group at dinner, it is Josephine. She was born […]

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