A reporter lounges at the exclusive club for months to study the beautiful people sipping rosé poolside—and whether they’re actually doing any work.
On cattle auctions, reality TV and coming of age during the Great Recession.
On Leon Botstein and the future of Bard College, which he has run for four decades.
“I never attacked anyone weak. Only bullies, secure in their courts, bureacracies, fifedoms.”
An essay on working at Sotheby’s.
Art pricing is not absolute magic; there are certain rules, which to an outsider can sound parodic. Paintings with red in them usually sell for more than paintings without red in them. Warhol’s women are worth more, on average, than Warhol’s men. The reason for this is a rhetorical question, asked in a smooth continental accent: “Who would want the face of some man on their wall?”