What ends tonight is the life of a restaurant that was in a small space, less than 60 square yards. A place where New York was represented fully. It was like the United Nations of emotion. All the people. I don’t know what’s going to happen to replace it, maybe nothing. That’s what we are marking tonight, not celebrating anything, but marking the end of something. But New York is a city of rebirth, so there is certainly not going to be the end of anything in New York, because everything in New York that you think is dead revives by sunshine.
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Counting down the hours to tonight’s National Magazine Awards in New York (FishbowlNY will be there, liveblogging). It’s about time to reveal our bracket-busting picks for the 2007 Ellies — which oughta fare better than last year’s debacle.
When it comes to the First Amendment, don’t f*ck with Lewis Lapham.
An appellate court in Denver has ruled in favor of Harper’s magazine and photojournalist Peter Turnley in the magazine’s publication of a photo of an open casket of deceased U.S. soldier that appeared in the August 2004 issue.
The family of the soldier, Kyle Brinlee, filed suit in April 2005 and lost. A federal judge in Muskogee, Oklahoma ruled in favor of Harper’s citing First Amendment protections. That ruling was appealed. Last week, the Denver court affirmed the judgment of the district court, finding that the funeral was newsworthy and a matter of public interest, and that the photograph published accurately reflected the image of Sgt. Brinlee’s funeral and open casket.
No one can out-eat Tom Ryder, and Liz Smith has never slept with Lewis Lapham, though she wouldn’t exactly mind.
Those were just two of the themes to surface earlier today during the Magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards luncheon at Gotham Hall feting Ryder — outgoing CEO of Reader’s Digest and owner of a Darien, Connecticut, barbeque joint — and Lapham, the iconic former editor of Harper’s.
Over herb and peppercorn crusted chicken, Ryder and Lapham were showered with praise from their glossy peers, both live and in pre-taped video segments (“I love you almost as much as spaghetti,” said Rachael Ray, whose Everyday launch last year may be the crowning achievement for Ryder’s 8-year run at Reader’s Digest). Friend and — what else? — uber-restaurateur Danny Meyer said it is “a dangerous thing to try and keep up on the eating path” with Ryder. Longtime friend Gary Rich, former head of HR at American Express Publishing during Ryder’s tenure there, recalled the moment Ryder asked him, “How could butter possibly be bad for me?” in 1986.
Ryder, for his part, said that magazines “not only tranformed his life,” they gave him one.
In introducing Lapham, Smith, the 84-year-old New York Post gossipist, said, “I’ve never slept with him and I don’t have any anecdotes about him.”
“He’s a snob — a literate one.”
Smith admitted that when she tried to turn the “low-brow gossip readers” of her column onto Lapham, “my editors at the New York Post hated it.” Her response? “Even low-brows like to swim upstream.”
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter opened Lapham’s video tribute [above] by recalling an outing with Lapham and a woman who was disappointed upon hearing Lapham was not the editor of Harper’s Bazaar.
Lapham closed the three-hour lunch by reflecting on his 28 years as Harper’s editor: “As an editor I’ve been thought of as cynical or an acerbic observer of the American scene,” Lapham said. “Optimism is an occupational hazard.”
[VIDEO CREDITS: Directed by Joia Speciale; Becky Glupczynski, producer; Scott Miller, director of photography]