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New York Review of Books Issues Retraction

MartinFillerNYRBHedA defamation lawsuit filed last week by world-renowned London-based architect Zaha Hadid certainly got the defendants’ attention. On Monday, the New York Review of Books posted a letter from article author Martin Filler. It reads:

In my review of Rowan Moore’s Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture [NYRB, June 5], I quoted comments by the architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, when she was asked in London in February 2014 about revelations a week earlier in The Guardian that hundreds of migrant laborers had died while working on construction projects in Qatar. I wrote that an “estimated one thousand laborers… have perished while constructing her project thus far.”

However, work did not begin on the site for the Al Wakrah stadium until two months after Ms. Hadid made those comments; and construction is not scheduled to begin until 2015. There have been no worker deaths on the Al Wakrah project and Ms. Hadid’s comments about Qatar that I quoted in the review had nothing to do with the Al Wakrah site or any of her projects.

I regret the error.

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Scandalous Hollywood Sex Author Finally Does an Interview

If you haven’t yet heard of the Scotty Bowers Hollywood memoir Full Service, you soon will. Scheduled for publication on Valentine’s Day, it’s all about his experiences as a gigolo in post-World War II Hollywood with such Golden Age brand names as Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

What’s somewhat unusual is that leading up to the February 14 publication date, and even before, Bowers had refused all interview requests. But he has finally connected with a reporter, The Guardian‘s Joanna Walters. Now 88 (and still living in LA), Bowers evidently decided that the book and interview needed to finally be put to paper, before he might no longer have the chance:

In the interview, Bowers said he’d kept quiet before because he didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. He declared that he was talking now simply because “I’m not getting any younger and all my famous ‘tricks’ are dead. The truth can’t hurt them any more.”

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