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The Documentary Brief Encounters Spotlights the Photography of Gregory Crewdson

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The haunting work of photographer Gregory Crewdson has affected viewers for more than 20 years. With a cinematic, panoramic flair, he creates scenes that display the dark side of American suburbia, an alternate universe where ghastly realities lurk in the most bucolic of settings. Chiefly inspired by the masters of the moving image—Hitchcock, Spielberg, Lynch—Crewdson […]

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Alex Rodriguez’s Miami Beach Pad for Sale: A Palace of Art and Lost Love for $38 Million

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    Less than a year after it was completed, the 19,861-square-foot Miami Beach house of Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez is being listed for sale at $38 million by One Sotheby’s International Realty. Our initial observation is that celebrities like to build and flip houses faster than that obnoxious guy on Bravo: Apparently Courteney Cox […]

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Al Capone’s Miami Manse for Sale at $9.95M

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When Al Capone bought a home on Miami Beach’s Palm Island in 1928, he was already one of the country’s most notorious gangsters as well as one of its most admired celebrities, a juxtaposition that was hardly uncommon in the so-called Magic City. Now, fans of the original Scarface can purchase the house that he owned for 20 years […]

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The New Diana Vreeland Documentary

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In the 1957 film Funny Face, when Kay Thompson struts through the offices of Quality magazine as editor Maggie Prescott, flamboyantly instructing her readers to “Think Pink!”, those in the know knew she was basing her authoritative characterization on Diana Vreeland, the legendary fashion tastemaker then ensconced at Harper’s Bazaar. By 1966, when photographer William […]

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Meet London’s Premier Salmon Smoker

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An international delicacy for centuries, smoked salmon is the ideal combination of land and sea. And among the few still practicing the hands-on craft of smoking is Norwegian Ole-Martin Hansen, whose grandfather invented a highly regarded recipe using beech and juniper woods more than 80 years ago in Finnmark, above the Arctic Circle. Now, Hansen […]

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Revisiting Gore Vidal’s Myra Breckinridge

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  A blistering satire and celebration of Hollywood, Myra Breckinridge is perhaps Gore Vidal’s most wildly provocative novel. Myron, a mild-mannered film scholar, obtains a sex change to become Myra, a champion feminist who overpowers an outdated and misogynistic industry. (The opening line: “I am Myra Breckinridge, whom no man will ever possess.”) It’s truly […]

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Vault Salutes Gore Vidal

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We were saddened today to learn of the death of one of America’s greatest intellectuals. An aristocrat, political observer, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, television pundit and social force, Gore Vidal may truly be the only Renaissance Man of the latter half of the 20th century. His sweeping, magisterial historical novels attempted to trace the lines […]

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Prêt-à-Portea at London’s Berkeley Hotel

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  Friday marks the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics, so once again it’s a perfect time to be in London. (If it seems there has been a preponderance of recent interest in the British capital, well, this does appear to be one of the city’s great moments.) Apart from all the high diving and […]

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