May 03, 2006

Marc Jacobs Kimono

Of course, it's actually called a yukata, and it's for wearing on summer evenings or hot days. And of course, it's actually Marc by Marc Jacobs, the bridge line, but still. It is the only authentic Marc Jacobs logo kimono on the market right now. Women's sizes only, I'm afraid. Marc Jacobs yukata, 48,300 yen [ via jeansnow]...
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Posted by greg at 09:31 AM

April 21, 2006

Letters! We Get Letters!

Dear Representatives of, I visited you site as was interested in film “Black Book's riotous Inside the Actor Love/Hate Studio session...” by Screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson. I was very surprised and disillusioned to find out the link to the cigarettes web-store on the page as I’m a non-smoker. This whole situation is disappointing because the subject of this film is against smoking. That’s why I kindly ask you to remove this link from your site! With hope for your...
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Posted by greg at 07:23 AM

February 06, 2006

La Plus Ca Small Change

Back in the day, Spy sent phony letters and checks for piddly amounts to various rich and famous New Yorkers to see what the response would be. Trump cashed that one, too, for thirteen cents. Trump v. Trump, Bryan Singer's grateful tale of having Trump hate on his book in public. []...
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Posted by greg at 08:31 AM

January 30, 2006

That is SO Brad Pitt of you

How 'bout that, TMZ looks the blog it's screwing, too. How Brad morphs into his lovers [1/30: tmz via rw] Brad Pitt is a Chameleon [1/27: the superficial via kottke]...
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Posted by greg at 07:41 PM

January 27, 2006

Notable Magazines Launched In 2005: An Abridged List

Some 264 magazine launches were announced in the US in 2005. The Magazine Publishers Association published highlights from that list. Here are some highlights of the highlights: Boink: "Boston University students will now have their own Adult magazine covering issues regarding sex." Bronzeville, "for the 'Buppies' of Chicago featuring articles for the achieving urbanite, covering all things of interest in Chicago. Not exclusively targeting affluent African Americans, but the achievers and up-and-comers in the urban communities." [It's to be published...
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Posted by greg at 05:03 PM

Crowbars: 2, Maybach: 1

Football team owner Gigi Becali [aka the Woody Johnson of Bucharest]'s car got sideswiped. So he and a henchman opened the door like they do in the old country: with a couple of crowbars and a sportsnews camera crew watching on. A Maybach hasn't been subject to this kind of mitteleuropische humiliation since the Bulgarian-born Christo wrapped himself in one during "The Gates." Video: Maybach schadeherstel [ via jalopnik]...
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Posted by greg at 03:00 PM

January 23, 2006

Pink Lady = Jeff

For the autumn sports festival season, many schools and kindergartens sang out "oh-ha!" and danced along to Shingo Mama's song. The word was awarded a grand prize for trendy word of 2000. In the twenty-first century, "oh-ha!" just might become a standard morning greeting among the Japanese.First shiny mud balls and now oh-ha. The near-instantaneous global dissemination of Japanese flashtrends is one of the hallmarks of the new Internet Century. Meanwhile, between Shingo Mama and Turner Prize winning potter Grayson...
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Posted by greg at 10:04 AM

January 22, 2006

Is This The Coup?

Because there have been helicopters flying over the house in DC every five minutes for the last hour, apparently. Maybe we're in the flight path to Camp David, or maybe we're too close to Cheney's house, which is where I'd imagine any coup would start....
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Posted by greg at 09:35 PM

January 05, 2006

But What Really Bugs Me...

Is that you CANNOT get Red Vines at a NYC deli. You have to go to freakin' Target in Queens somewhere, and that's only if you're lucky. DAY-UM....
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Posted by greg at 09:35 PM

December 29, 2005

I Went To St George, Utah, And All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt

I was out of town for the holidays [anything big happen while I was gone?] Anyway, for one dollar, less than the price of a subway token, I scored this sweet Transit Workers Union commemmorative t-shirt at the D.I. [aka Deseret Industries, the Mormon-run version of Goodwill] in St. George, Utah. Not sure if anyone's ever even heard of the TWU, but I thought it'd be a real kick in the pants to wear this around town....
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Posted by greg at 10:20 AM

December 16, 2005

Typepad Time Warp

Like a planet of xenophobic aliens on Star Trek, Typepad has erased the last week from everybody's memories blogs. Most unusual....
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Posted by greg at 01:54 PM

December 13, 2005

A Suggestion For Wrapping All My Gifts

I know that any day now, hundreds of readers will be emailing me, asking for suggestions on how I'd like my gifts wrapped. The answer is below. To the swiftest 150 or so of you, I suggest Cool Hunting's limited artist-edition wrapping paper. There are two sheets of each of three designs in each set, so if for some reason you're giving me fewer than six large gifts, you could share amongst yourselves. Above is Derek Aylward's design. Is...
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Posted by greg at 08:48 AM

December 10, 2005

Making An Advertiser List & Checking It Twice

Want to see whose naughty and/or nice? Check out the advertisers; there's a little of both: NY Doll: The Movie Backstage: The Magazine Nokia: The Mobile Phone Lifestyle Company Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Badass Animation MSNBC: The TV Network Daddytypes: The Weblog For New Dads Isn't symmetry lovely? God bless you advertisers, everyone....
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Posted by greg at 10:35 AM

November 30, 2005

Colonial, Williamsburg. Williamsburg, Colonial.

Living in both towns for a few years, I should be used to this by now, but it never fails to amuse. The Washington Post dispatched a correspondent to uncover rumors of hipness in Williamsburg. Brooklyn. You know, to distinguish it from the expensively fabricated, "keepin' it real" dress-up themepark built with lots of parental money:... Grand Street is a rich gallery row: The "chess set" of pedophiles and their victims at Ch'i disturbed; a collection of deli coffee cups...
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Posted by greg at 10:48 AM

November 10, 2005

Pottery Barneys

I'm totally with her on the Calypso Hamptons hegemony, but for someone with spreads in Southampton and Montana [or is it Wyoming? or both?], Alex Kuczynski sure spends a lot of time thinking about Pottery Barn. In the Sort-of Ethnic Home [nyt]...
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Posted by greg at 07:58 AM

October 13, 2005

Skateboarding Is Not A Pathology!

Regine posts about British designer Tom Hawes' line of skateable street furniture which, despite having come about "by recognizing skateboarding as an unstoppable urban pathology," makes me feel good. Finally, someone's thinking of the children. skateable furniture [via wmmna]...
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Posted by greg at 02:26 PM

October 06, 2005

On Accepting Feedback

The sagest exegesis, however, comes from one of three short, squat, mushroom-Afro'd white teens who emerge from Royce Hall in Acid Mothers Temple T-shirts with ehhh-whatever sneers on their faces. "It's not that I don't like feedback," one of them shrugs, clearly at the beginning of an aesthete's lifelong journey of cred-proving. "It's that I don't like this feedback."Terry Riley's birthday concert; armchair juroring Berlin's baldfaced copy of the Turner Prize; the New Yorker Festival's fashion panel. It's not all...
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Posted by greg at 11:03 AM

September 30, 2005

George Bush Defends Kate Moss

Rang dang diggity dang-de-dang... Just when you think this remix of George W. Bush covering "White Lines" couldn't get any better, comes this line about two minutes in: Some a**hole took a picture of Kate Moss doing lines, And now she's being victimized for imaginary crimesWhite Lines, sung by a guy who knows [thepartyparty via waxy]...
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Posted by greg at 08:37 AM

September 18, 2005

The Revolution Will Be Catered Very Well

This is apparently going down tonight, 9/18. I hope someone called craft services. Remember, you heard it here third:The Los Angeles Lunar Society advocates the secession of Venice from the city of Los Angeles, and does not preclude the use of revolution to achieve this end. However, many Lunar Society members are involved in work of one kind or another for the Hollywood dream factory and we were therefore forced during August's full moon meeting to recognize that a Venice...
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Posted by greg at 09:30 PM

September 14, 2005

From The Anals Of Stupid Trademark Lawyering

Garrison Keillor is going after Rex for his "A Prairie Ho Companion" t-shirts. As if Keillor wasn't unfunny and annoying enough already. A Prairie Homeboy Companion [mnspeak, via fimoculous: "oh yeah, I got cease and desisted."]...
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Posted by greg at 09:54 AM

September 06, 2005

I Know What Gawker Did Last Summer

They came up with t-shirt slogans that would've sold like hotcakes at the time. While some, like "It’s not whoring if you do it for free." and "At least my publicist loves me." are timeless, most remind me of a dentist's stack of Us Weekly's. And "My agent won't return my calls" holds its own against "Ask me about my hair transplant!" in the "shirts no one'd ever buy for themselves, ever" category. Then again, they would make deliciously evil,...
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Posted by greg at 02:32 PM

September 01, 2005

But Ferragamo's From Florence

And you can't even see the smoke from Rome, much less the fires...Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we’ve confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo’s Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying...
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Posted by greg at 01:49 PM

August 31, 2005

Finally, I Can Start Using Email Again

For several months in 1999, it seemed the only reason I even had an email account was for sending and receiving copies of this article from The Onion. Then the chain was broken, The Onion had no online archive, &c., &c., no need to bore you with the details. Now that the paper has made their entire archive available online, I have a reason to log back in to my hotbot account. Thank you, The Onion!"I was at the Olive...
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Posted by greg at 09:47 AM

August 22, 2005

L.A. In A Nutshell

"Reasons for ever wearing anything like this have nearly disappeared from my world, and yet I love this pervy and glam Christian Louboutin shoe." A quote from artist/screenwriter/NY-expat Theresa Duncan's newly launched blog, The Wit of The Staircase [named after l'Esprit d'Escalier, French for "what you should've said instead"]. Like the protagonist in Patrice Lecomte's sublime film, Ridicule, Duncan's an observer/participant in the deeply superficial royal courts, only hers is Hollywood. Perfect for playing Six Degrees when you need to...
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Posted by greg at 02:24 PM

August 16, 2005

Greg Allen At The Fringe Festival! [No, The Other One]

The other Greg Allen, I mean. The Chicago one. The Neo-Futurists, of which that Greg Allen is a co-founder, are performing next week at the Fringe Festival. What are they doing, you ask? The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen. It's part of a Chicago fringe theater mob takeover of the East Village. The Neo-futurist's site has info on the production, while the Int'l Fringe NYC site has info on the performances. So break out that...
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Posted by greg at 11:29 AM

August 10, 2005

Tokyo Snapshots, 2.3: Michelangelo's David

Walking along the street dividing Shibuya-ku and Minato-ku (ku's are wards, as if the Lower East Side had its own government bureacracy), I was startled to find a life-sized bronze cast of Michelangelo's David, as the central element in an ugly, low-rise concrete office building. There's a granite plaque at the foot of the statue, but it only gives basic info on the original. And the stone's grain is so pronounced, it's nearly impossible to read. All very odd....
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Posted by greg at 11:01 AM

Tokyo Snapshots, 2.2: Women-Only Train Car

This is the entrance to the Women-only train car on the Tokyu line. There are enough pervs to require this sort of thing, it seems. Meanwhile, although the Japanese have 42 different words for "excuse me," there is no way to say "Rethink the hair."...
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Posted by greg at 10:57 AM

August 04, 2005

Tokyo Snapshots, 1.5: Takashi Murakami Corp.

I still have a place in my heart--and fortunately, a spot in the old collection--for Takashi Murakami. The Louis Vuitton thing was rather masterful, and the sheer superfluity of luxury and fashion maps rather well onto some of the more expendable aspects of contemporary art, too. Likewise, I'm not unappreciative of Murakami's own creation myth, in which he and his characters subverted and exploited the banal world of Japanese idol-centric television, even as they were, in turn, exploited by the...
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Posted by greg at 03:36 AM

Tokyo Snapshots, 1.4: Tadao Ando Ruins Omotesando

This is the Tadao Ando building complex that the ego-mad developer Mori Minoru is finishing on Omotesando, what was once the heart of alternative cultural Tokyo. With a slew of LVMH brand glass curtained flagships all around it, it should really complete the look....
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Posted by greg at 03:18 AM

Tokyo Snapshots, 1.3: Sweet Muji Cardboard Shelving

Muji doesn't inspire ecstatic fandom so much as subdued dedication. Otherwise, I'd turn into a screaming screaming junior high school girl every time I walked into one of their stores. This Muji modular shelving system is one of five Muji products that received International Forum Design Awards in Hannover, Germany this year. Made from stiff, square-edged, recycled cardboard, and flush-fitted matte plastic joints, the system snaps together easily in a myriad of configurations. It's clean and extremely functional, but yet...
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Posted by greg at 03:03 AM

Tokyo Snapshots, 1.2: Kawaii Gravestones

A gravestone shop I pass on the way from the hotel to the supermarket offers cute gravestones as an alternative to the traditional obelisk variety. I asked, and they're not just for decorating your Japanese garden. Couldn't bring myself to ask if they actually got permission from Sanrio and Disney for these, though. It didn't seem polite. They're about 140,000 yen each, and look like they were computer-carved from a smaller doll. The Kitty actually has a bow in contrasting...
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Posted by greg at 02:53 AM

Tokyo Snapshots, 1.1: BSA Narcommercial

My thumbnail generator's on the fritz, but here are some pictures I've taken around Tokyo using my Sharp TM-150. It's pretty sweet for a phonecam, because it has a rather rare combination of decent megapixel camera and removable SD memory for cheap and easy mass image transfers. First up is this Business Software Association commercial running on the Tokyu train: Translation: "Company presidents who make you use illegally copied software are the worst!!" "Hello, is this BSA?"...
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Posted by greg at 02:35 AM

August 02, 2005

A Million Penguin March On Tokyo, Change Trains With Ease, And Are So Over Ape T-Shirts

First of all, this whole Bathing Ape thing? Chill the flip out, people, it's just not that cool. Bape is just Gap for the overly self-involved. Anyway, TMN's mention of, a site for figuring out subway-to-subway trips in the city, reminds me it's time to post about Norikae-Annai, aka Transfer Info, which is the same service for Tokyo. It's insanely helpful, if not as easy to start using cold; it gives you multiple trip options, indicating the fastest, cheapest,...
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Posted by greg at 09:34 AM

July 25, 2005

Amateur Branding Hour: Hedge Fund Naming Strategies

Hedge funds are a lot like trucking companies: they're usually started by one rather strong-willed guy who gets fed up with his bosses and decides he's going to work for himself. One of the first things these egotistical entrepreneurs do is come up with a name and an identity for their companies. In both cases, the process is entertainingly amateurish, at least from a branding professional's perspective. Trucker logos--which I study regularly from my driver's seat on the turnpikes between...
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Posted by greg at 09:21 AM

July 23, 2005

Tokyo Earthquake: We're Alright

This afternoon just after 4:30, we heard a low rumble and felt everything sway and tremble for about 15-20 seconds. It was strong enough to make you stabilize yourself, but not so powerful that people realized it right away. We were at Open Campus Day at ISAS/JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Agency's mission control center for Jean's X-ray telescope satellite, Suzaku. We were in the lobby of the building; the sheet glass handrails along the central staircase all wavered back and...
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Posted by greg at 04:58 AM

July 17, 2005

A Note On This Historic Occasion

A man can go his whole life waiting in vain for a week such as this one, where he has occasion to thank both Hulk Hogan and Pauly Shore for their [advertising] largesse. From now on, I'll just have to learn to live with the knowledge that it's all downhill from here....
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Posted by greg at 11:55 PM

July 13, 2005

I'll Have The Hubris Sashimi

Raw, sliced thin, and artfully arranged on a large platter, studded with fresh jalapeno. cf. Richie Notar, the manager of soon-to-open Nobu 57, who long ago left his sense of humor in Queens:"I think a lot of the wealthier people will be popping in: ladies who lunch, power tables with businessmen, tourists walking through New York, the bluebloods, the ladies who're shopping at Bergdorf, Condé Nast …" ... Is Nobu fretting over the competition [from another 2-story "event-style" Japanese restaurant...
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Posted by greg at 11:37 AM

July 12, 2005

On The Debilitating Effects Of [Diet Coke] Welfare

So maybe you've noticed the "1 in 12 wins!" promotion campaign on the lids of most Coke products the last few months. As a pathetically, alarmingly addicted, inveterate loyal Diet Coke drinker, I know I have. The lids are on 20-oz and even 2-liter bottles, but the prize is a free 1-liter bottle of product. While I have to admire the company's insidiously effective strategy of getting America to change its idea of a serving of Coke [over the years,...
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Posted by greg at 10:26 AM

July 11, 2005


Gotta give a big shoutout to the folks at NASA and JAXA, the Japan Space Agency, for the successful launch Sunday of Astro-E2, the next generation of X-ray telescope satellites. Astro-E2 was the working name of the satellite on the ground; it was a rebuild of Astro-E, which blew up when its rocket went off course soon after launch in 2000. Since that mishap, there has been a gap in the X-ray spectrum that scientists could study. Two other X-ray...
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Posted by greg at 11:53 PM

July 08, 2005

You Decide, Indeed

"I mean, my first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, 'Hmmm, time to buy.'" - from an on-air transcript of Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor, FoxNews, 7/7/2005....
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Posted by greg at 10:28 PM

Zsa Zsa Gabor Still Alive, Suffers Stroke

Credit where it's due: one summer in the Hamptons, a housemate picked up Zsa Zsa's autobiography at the Southampton library booksale--the one written in response to her Beverly Hills copslapping incident, not the other one--and it was hi-larious. Lots of stuff like, "I wear nothing in bed. Except for diamonds." Zsa Zsa Gabor In Critical Condition After Stroke [nbc4, via trent] Buy Zsa Zsa Gabor's One Lifetime Is Not Enough, from $0.49 at Amazon [amazon]...
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Posted by greg at 08:16 AM

July 07, 2005

And That's The Way It Is

Nothing like a terrorist attack to whipsaw our sense of context, priorities and emotions. From Kottke's links this morning [note: the older, carefree links are at the bottom]:# A series of explosions in London this morning during rush hour; at least 2 dead and 160 wounded   #  The explosions were coordinated and officials have shut down the tube and central bus service. # Mariopedia is "an illustrated listing of virtually every character, item, and enemy from the 'Super Mario Universe'"...
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Posted by greg at 03:20 PM

July 04, 2005

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

A scene this past weekend at a wedding in the Hudson River Valley: At dusk, a 6-year-old boy would charge up to the younger kids and, with his fists full of sparklers, he would roar and shake his hands until they would run away crying. When the sparklers went out, he marched around proudly, shouting, "I am the dominant democracy! I am the dominant democracy! Did you see them? They bow down to me!" Happy Fourth of July!...
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Posted by greg at 07:02 PM

June 15, 2005

Mixtapes, Hip Hop, & Hypocrisy In The NYT

The Times' Kelefa Sanneh sounds pissed off, but weary, as he unpacks the contradictions and outright hypocrisy of mixtapes and the RIAA's stunt raid on Mondo Kim's last week:So while record labels donate money to honor a man who helped promote mixtapes, the trade group representing the labels cracks down on those who sell them. And who goes to jail? Well, suffice it to say that the police haven't arrested any of the major-label record executives who profit from the...
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Posted by greg at 11:20 PM

June 03, 2005

Someday, Jenna, You Could Grow Up To Be President

Mr. Chris Lehman is apparently the sort of well-intentioned but misguided gentleman who fancies himself a champion of the lower classes and enjoys getting his own hands dirty my laboring in the muck. I do hope, for Mr. Lehman's valet's sake, that the writer doesn't unpack a suitcase as well as he unpacks the NYT's recent series of articles on class: the main dispatch by Times reporter Tamar Lewin sets up elaborate social quandaries better suited to a Victorian novel...
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Posted by greg at 11:43 AM

June 01, 2005

Just Don't Do It

While I smirked at the transparent publicity-hounding of Nike's store-you-can't-go-in-unless-you're-cool-enough when I first saw it a few weeks ago, I figured it couldn't work; no one'd fall for it and actually care because--hello!--it's such an obvious stunt. I mean, the craptrap restaurant Jekyll & Hyde on 57th & 6th never lets people in immediately, either, but lines them up on the street. If tourist maroons fell for it, I always figured New Yorkers could spot a Barnum-level manipulation a block...
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Posted by greg at 08:00 PM

May 26, 2005

Decline and Fall?? Dude, he was pushed

So according to the NYT, Helmut Lang's business sucked so bad, that sales dropped 60%--from $100 million to $37 million--over five years, and Prada rattles off a whole host of reasons why. It's terrorism, Lang's lack of business sense, he just wasn't friendly, he cared more about art than fashion. And then there's the possible effect of Bertelli's decision to cancel the company's jeans licenses "which were responsible for more than half of the brand's revenues." Prada and Bertelli bought...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 AM

May 24, 2005

On Randomness and Responsibility

I just got back from a visit to the new conservation department digs at MoMA [one word: AWESOME], and they'd just taken down the Richard Tuttle Letters sculpture today, to get it ready for the SFMOMA retrospective, and it was lying around on the table. The conservator talked about interviewing Tuttle to see what his intentions were for the weak or broken solders, the accumulating fingerprints on the galvanized steel, even which side was the front and which was the...
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Posted by greg at 11:25 PM

May 22, 2005

What Cannes I Do

Fear and self-loathing in Cannes [guardian] A step up from when they the Guardian crew would just complain about the shortage of open bars, Mark Lawson looks for the big themes in Cannes. The result: 1) guilt, 2) loser fathers. And the Palme d'Or goes to: Loser Fathers. The Dardennes' doc-style filmmaking wins again. I [heart] Manohla Dargis, whose Cannes Journal with Tony Scott was very funny. Plus, she namechecked I'd say more, but I can't; it's off the...
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Posted by greg at 09:18 PM

May 16, 2005

What Makes You So Special?

Just as there's hardly an actor/waiter left in New York who hasn't made rent by doing a couple day's work on some Law & Order spin-off or other as an at-first tearful but increasingly suspecious relative or a neighbor who conveniently pins down the time of death by recounting what they were watching on TV, there's hardly a blogger left in the city who hasn't had to feign interest in Radar Magazine and cop to a fondness for the hard...
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Posted by greg at 10:45 AM

May 09, 2005

The First Rule Of Empire Club

"Don't ask Nick Denton, publisher of Gawker Media and its growing list of popular Web logs, about his empire... ...If his reluctance to be interviewed is theater, it is deft theater." - Excerpted from Nick's eleventh NYT profile. A Blog Revolution? Get a Grip [nyt, via memefirst, were the NYT's 'deft theater' might be called The George Lucas School Of Boy, Do We Know How This Story'll Turn Out Acting]...
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Posted by greg at 11:42 AM

April 28, 2005

But what are a thousand words worth?

It turns out I've got about 1,000 words a day, maybe 2,000 if I'm just doing stream of consciousness. Anyway, as you can guess from the last few days' posts [sic], that wordstream has been gobbled up by another project. Now that's it's to bed, they're backing up in my head while I'm at the Outer Banks. So you just wait until Saturday morning, when you'll find me curled up on your doorstep, like an unwanted drunk. In the mean...
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Posted by greg at 01:09 PM

April 17, 2005

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Now Them

While the Republican Sanhedrin was proclaiming their own--and Tom DeLay's--righteousness on the Sunday morning political talk shows, I spotted Harry Reid, Senate leader of what Bill Frist calls the "anti-faith" movement--at church. They probably have to look up the address: Get Tom DeLay To The Church [frank rich, nyt]...
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Posted by greg at 09:48 PM

April 14, 2005

Les Parapluies de Staten Island

Since all the pros are weighing in on it, let me say that Laura Shin's umbrella review in Slate is wack. What purports to be a The New York Review of Umbrellas's ignores some key aspects of New York City's indigenous umbrella culture, and in ways that make me think it's unconsciously geared to visitors, not residents, of the city. This daytripper's bias manifests itself in the criteria: saying smaller=better makes no more sense for umbrellas than bigger=better does for...
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Posted by greg at 08:53 AM

April 12, 2005

Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

"12 WHEREAS, the Preston High School administration and staff, particularly 13 the cafeteria staff, have enjoyed notoriety and worldwide attention; and 14 WHEREAS, tater tots figure prominently in this film thus promoting Idaho's 15 most famous export; and 16 WHEREAS, the friendship between Napoleon and Pedro has furthered 17 multiethnic relationships;" It passed unanimously, btw. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 29 [, via waxy] previously: Napoleon Dynamite: Oh. My. Heck....
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Posted by greg at 07:18 AM

April 11, 2005

I See Dead People... every second of coverage on every channel of the conservative mass media deathwatch, thanks, Frank Rich, this odd music video, "Amer-uh-kuh, we stand as one," by a former Star Trek stunt coordinator from the Jersey Shore. [thanks, TMN], nowhere else, really, just in a random music video and everywhere....
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Posted by greg at 11:03 AM

April 06, 2005

If I Ran The Circus, by Nick Denton

Jason Cala-who? Nick's raising, er, lowering, er, his sights and going after Drudge. His secret weapon: the awesome pithiness of his Choire Sicha-lator, now transformed into an automatic NY Post Headline Generator. Actually, the first day's batch of heds sounds like Larry Levy's first studio meeting in The Player, where he has someone read out a random story from the paper and he turns it into a one-line movie pitch on the spot:Grossman: How about 'Mudslide kills 60 in slums...
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Posted by greg at 05:19 PM

April 05, 2005

Apparently, The Selfish Giant Lives on Fifth Avenue

And the only place it's spring is in the corner of the garden where there was a Whole (Foods), and all the children started drinking Jamba Juices for breakfast. Google's satellite image map of Manhattan is stitched together from two passes, taken in different seasons, but at nearly the same time of the morning. The buildings' shadows are at slightly different angles on the east and west sides, but they're so damn long, they render the whole map pretty useless....
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Posted by greg at 10:45 AM

April 04, 2005

Coming Signs Of The Media Apocalypse

First Bjork moves to New Jersey, and now this:I incorrectly assumed that Time Warner would be our cable carrier, as we are in the Time Warner building. Guess what? Not available! RCN is the cable company for this building.- Trippy home owner featured in NY Magazine [via curbed]...
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Posted by greg at 06:11 PM

March 16, 2005

On Finding The Level Of The Room

"Customers who bought this DVD also bought: DVDs from The 21 Jump Street Series. Full House - The Complete First Season DVD (Rate it) DVDs from The Home Improvement Series. Who's the Boss? - The Complete First Season DVD ~ Tony Danza (Rate it)" Meanwhile Kottke's not impressed: "Doogie Howser, M.D. Season One, quite possibly the most worthless DVD release ever" [For some reason, though, I can't picture Steven Bochco and David E. Kelly as Long Tail.]...
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Posted by greg at 11:48 AM

Ad Love: Fun With Google With thanks to advertiser Doogie on DVD, a nod to NTK and Robot Wisdom who have the funnest with Google, and Neil Patrick Harris, who spends part of his "lost years" at my gym....
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Posted by greg at 07:02 AM

March 11, 2005

10 lbs of HBS in a 5 lb bag

So you mean this whole "HBS rejects applicants who 'hacked' into admissions site" hubbub is about people seeing what happens if they truncate the URL for their account? I guess they've got a brand image to protect as the home of the utterly and irrationally technology-ignorant executive of tomorrow. IT people--hell, people who know how to change their default browser settings--everywhere are shaking their heads. Business schools redefine hacking to "stuff that a 7-year-old could do" [phil greenspun]...
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Posted by greg at 08:01 AM

March 10, 2005

Nice, Minnesota

Several years ago, at the opening dinner of a sculptor friend's debut 2-person show, I found myself playing the oh-so-sophisticated New York collector at a giant round table in a Chinese restaurant for a mix of folks, including the other artist's parents. I offhandedly pronounced Minneapolis to be the most Canadian of American cities: not just because of the freakin' weather, but because of public radio. First, there's Garrison Keillor, and besides, everyone--including every immigrant taxi driver I met--listened to...
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Posted by greg at 08:15 AM

March 05, 2005

Read What I Read, Not What I Write

Poss. alt. title: reads the NYT to you. The Short Film, an Art Deserving a Longer Life [nyt]: After watching the Oscar nominees, Margo Jefferson finds short films to be highly concentrated joys. Even the worst short is better than a film, she says, because it'll be over sooner. [Related? Or the exception that proves the rule?: Amazon is hosting a short film competition in association with Tribeca Film Festival. To win, your Is a Cinema Studies Degree the...
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Posted by greg at 01:54 PM

February 22, 2005

I'm a micropatron. Are you?

[2/23 update: for Jason's sake, I hope having thousands of micropatrons is not the same as having thousands of microbosses: "Eyy, get to work, Kottke, it's 9:30 already! I wanna see some posts!"]...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 PM

February 10, 2005

I Dare You

Do not think of Alien....
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Posted by greg at 12:49 PM