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Wednesday, February 01, 2012
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Anthony Prozzi

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Anthony Prozzi is Senior Interior Designer at Ford Motor Co. He’ll be participating in the Anatomy of Fashion panel at the inaugural State of Style Summit on February 7 at 92YTribeca. Kicking off New York Fashion Week, State of Style Summit – presented by 92Y, StyleCaster Media Group and by Ford - is packed with amazing panels; check out the full schedule here.

Prozzi was gracious enough to participate in the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. What kind of radio does he listen to? “101.9, Detroit’s NPR all day, and late weekend nights I come across something broadcasting from the University of Windsor, Canada.” Read more below.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
The New York Times app from my iphone; followed by a multitude of texts and emails from some very well read friends.

What are your favorite websites?
Obviously NYTimes.com and JWTintelligence.com for news and trends; ssense.com and ok-ni.com to shop; vmagazine.com and visionaireworld.com for inspiration and countless others. It’s extraordinary to think what the internet has done with access and availability of information.

imageHow much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I’m not one to “ tweet .” I’m not the best facebooker either. I prefer my privacy, but when I took first place in a skating championship it felt good to post and hear congrats from my friends around the globe.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Gary Belsky

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We feel a deep sense of injustice when we learn that our favorite sports player has cheated or when a bad call goes against our team. But is sports the last field in which we have a clear sense of right and wrong?

On December 16 at 92YTribeca, a panel of the country’s best sports writers and reporters—including ESPN The Magazine editor-at-large (and former editor-in-chief) Gary Belsky, Jeremy Schaap (E:60 senior correspondent), Seth Wickersham (ESPN The Magazine senior writer) and Jane McManus (ESPN W writer)—and 92YTribeca’s Rabbi-in-Residence Dan Ain for a free-wheeling discussion about the big issues in sports. That’s on Friday.

If you want to learn more about Gary’s media and culture diet (he subscribes to 26 magazines!), see his answers to the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A, below.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
The New York Times, in print. I’m careful about rushing into digital news sites right off the bat, since in general I think we get too much information too quickly. But if I do go digital its CNN.com.

What are your favorite websites?
WSJ.com, ESPN.com, Fandango, NYTimes.com, FunnyorDie.com, Time.com’s Moneyland, New York, Wikipedia, Economist.com.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
On FB several times a day, briefly, on Twitter most days (I tweet and follow).

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Friday, November 11, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With God

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We’ve had some big names answer our Culture Klatsch questionnaire, but for the latest installment, we may have gotten the biggest name conceivable: God Himself. God is doing the rounds to promote his new book, The Last Testament: A Memoir, co-authored with David Javerbaum (former head writer and exec producer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart")

God’s co-author David Javerbaum will be at 92YTribeca on November 17 to discuss this new “telleth-all” tome with This American Life’s Ira Glass. Here are God’s answers to the Culture Klatsch:
Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I wake up knowing the location and activity of every sentient being and atom in the universe. But I do like Hoda and Kathie Lee. They’re a hoot!

What are your favorite websites?
Easily my favorite is menwholooklikekennyrogers.com. I could be anybody on that site.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
Facebook, never; I have grave privacy concerns. But I tweet (@TheTweetOfGod) all the time. It is My new favorite way to communicate with human beings. My Son, on the other hand, still prefers showing up on pancakes.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I read all three of the Stieg Larsson novels. They are horribly-written nonsensical tripe. Yet I could put them down not.

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Friday, November 04, 2011
Kurt Gutenbrunner On The Lack Of Café Culture In America

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Kurt Gutenbrunner is chef and co-owner of Wallsé, Blaue Gans, the Upholstery Store, Cafe Kristall and Viennese coffeehouse Café Sabarsky.

He recently did an interview in The Village Voice‘s Fork in the Road blog about his new book, Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna. Fork in the Road asked him about a lack of “café culture” in America.

In the book, you talk a lot about the Austria’s café culture. Why do you think we don’t see that here in America as much?

It’s all about history. We didn’t know about coffee before the Turks came to Vienna in 1600. When the Turks came, we fought them back and then they left us the coffee. And it took time for us to figure out what do with it and so we invented the coffeehouse. In the 1800s and 1900s, all the artists used to work out of the coffeehouses so they became a meeting point for interaction and to hang out and work together. It became this culture of sitting in a café all day long and you have snacks and coffee and cakes. It’s a very Central European mentality that you also see in Budapest and around Eastern Europe.

Read the full interview here.

Kurt Gutenbrunner, Harvey Sachs and the Ensemble for the Romantic Century will all be at 92YTribeca on November 13 for Eat, Drink & Think Like...Beethoven. This will be an in-depth look into Beethoven and his world. Listen and watch as musicians and actors from the Ensemble for the Romantic Century bring his story to life. Learn about Viennese Kaffeehaus culture as you taste historically accurate pastries and drinks.

Like Time Out New York said. ”Non-boring lectures.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
New New York: What Buildings Are Changing The New York City’s Skyline?

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Jake Rajs photography focuses on new buildings that are changing the New York City’s skyline. Do you know what building is in the photo above?

See more exquisite images and hear insightful commentary capturing the indomitable spirit of NYC on November 30 at 92YTribeca as photographer Jake Rajs celebrates the city’s newest landmarks—Time Warner Center, Hudson River Park, MoMA sculpture garden and more—placing them in the context of famous highlights such as Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Lincoln Center and Times Square.

You can check out more photos from Rajs’ book, New New York, where the photo at top came from, on his Flickr page.

What buildings do you think are changing New York City’s skyline? Let us know in the comments below.

[New New York at 92YTribeca]

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Friday, September 23, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Bob Gruen

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You know that great picture of John Lennon? Which one? Doesn’t really matter – any picture of John Lennon that’s worth seeing was probably taken by photographer Bob Gruen. The legendary rock photographer has taken some of the most iconic pictures of musicians and bands such as Blondie, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and Green Day. See a few of his pictures here and here.

Bob will be at 92YTribeca on Monday, September 26 talking about his career and new book, Rock Seen, with musician, writer, record producer and member of Patti Smith’s band Lenny Kaye.

What does his media and culture diet look like? He goes to great lengths to get The New York Times when traveling, or at least an International Herald Tribune, has a Twitter account but hasn’t used it yet, and his favorite piece of art in his home is “a graffiti piece I took off the street in 1981 by Futura 2000

Read the 92Y Culture Klatsch with Bob Gruen, below.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
High Line: The Inside Story of NYC’s Park in the Sky

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Amazing photo of the High Line via Stuck in Customs/Flickr

SmartPlanet.com:

Manhattan’s wildly successful High Line Park — an old elevated rail line that was retrofitted into a stunning park — cost about $153 million. At first glance it might seem like a big investment for a park, but consider the benefits.

Not only does the city take care of a eyesore, but the popularity of High Line has brought in an estimated $2 billion in new developments, the New York Times reports.

On October 28, the two men responsible for this innovative urban reclamation project, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, are coming to 92YTribeca to share their story of reclamation on the High Line. More info and tickets, here.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Michael Crummey

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Canadian Michael Crummey’s newest novel, Galore, returns readers to the place of his birth – Newfoundland and Labrador and spans a century in the folkloric life of a hardscrabble fishing community. Read a review at The Washington Post.

His previous book, River Thieves, became a Canadian bestseller and also garnered numerous awards and short-list honors for Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize. On September 19 at 92YTribeca, Crummey will help us celebrate the Upper North Side, a “Little Canada” of sorts that highlights the artistic innovation of our neighbors to the north.

Today, we learn about Crummey’s media and culture diet by way of the 92Y Culture Klastch Q&A. His favorite piece of art in his home? “A portrait of my wife at the age of eighteen, face and eyes into a chunk of watermelon...”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I usually start my day with an hour or so of Sports Centre on TSN (the Canadian equivalent of ESPN). That’s as much “news” as I can handle first thing in the morning.

What are your favorite websites?
Big fan of Bookninja.com although it’s on hiatus at the moment. And spend an inordinate amount of time listening to new music on cbcradio3.ca.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I creep on my wife’s Facebook account occasionally. But so far have kept my hands clean of both.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Chris O’Leary

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Chris O’Leary is a homebrewer, beer enthusiast and the editor of BrewYorkNewYork.com. He’s also the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A, where we find out about his media and culture diet. Some spoliers: He’s still an ink-and-paper guy when it comes to books, doesn’t watch that much TV, and his coffee table has more coasters than magazines. Tomorrow, September 15, he’ll be at 92YTribeca for a local beer tasting, when he’ll to take you on a tour of New York State’s many beers from some of our state’s 65 small breweries.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011
The New York Times Can’t Stop Talking About This Beautiful Life

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Helen Schulman’s new book, This Beautiful Life: A Novel, “...the story of the Bergamots, a family of four whose expensive new Manhattan life comes crashing down when 15-year-old Jake forwards to a friend a sexually explicit video made for him, unsolicited, by a 13-year-old girl named Daisy Cavanaugh,” has received a lot of attention from The New York Times. Books Of The Times reviewed it on July 24, followed by the Sunday Book Review, and then in ArtsBeat, where they also provided a podcast from “Inside the New York Times Book Review,” featuring discussion with author Helen Schulman.

92YTribeca’s book group, The Literate Parent, is going to read This Beautiful Life in September. Participants are invited to attend a literary salon with the author, Helen Schulman, where they’ll be able to ask her questions and discuss the book with her directly. More info and tickets are available.

For those who have read the book, what are your thoughts on it so far?

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Monday, July 11, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Sam Hoffman

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Sam Hoffman is the founder of OldJewsTellingJokes.com. He is not an “Old Jew” yet, but give him a couple more decades. He is however, the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. On July 12, he’s coming to 92YTribeca to share videos from his site and reveal some of the best jokes about everything from rabbis to Jewish mothers.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
If I’m home I read The New York Times on paper. If I’m away I read it on my iPad. I still prefer the paper, though. It takes less time to load.

What are your favorite websites?
Of course I’m a fan of oldjewstellingjokes.com. I also have to admit to an addiction to metsblog.com. If you have the unfortunate habit of being a dedicated Mets fan, it’s the best way to punish yourself a few times a day.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I don’t use Twitter. I’ll check in with Facebook occasionally. I think the novelty is fading, though, now that I know what all the children of my elementary school acquaintances look like.

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Thursday, June 02, 2011
Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Judge Sol Wachtler

imageJudge Sol Wachtler once held the highest judicial office in New York state—chief judge of the Court of Appeals. He was arrested in 1992, and sentenced to 13 months of imprisonment in a federal mental health prison unit. He’s spent the last two decades quietly rebuilding his life, writing a memoir about his time in prison, and getting his law license back.

On June 7 he’ll stop by 92YTribeca to share insight into his bout with mental illness, his rehabilitation and the steps he has taken to rebuild his life.

We sent him the Culture Klatsch Q&A to learn more about his culture and media consumption habits. He made quick work of it. His favorite websites? “None.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

The New York Times, MSNBC.

What are your favorite websites?

None.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?

Not at all.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?

The Dead Shall Rise (Oney), The Wizard of Lies (Henriques).

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Thursday, May 12, 2011
The (Tentatively Named) 92Y Culture Diet Q&A With Constance Rosenblum

imageFor New Yorkers, The New York Times‘ City section was once a favorite part of Sunday afternoons. Constance Rosenblum was editor of The New York Times‘ City section and is our latest subject of The (Tentatively Named) 92Y Culture Diet Q&A. That’s how we learned Constance does not use Twitter or Facebook and is “devastated that “Mad Men” hasn’t yet returned.” Read the full Q&A below.

Next Wednesday, May 18, she’ll join David Masello and Leslie Nipkow at 92YTribeca to share and discuss some of the best writing the City section inspired. 

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Friday, April 29, 2011
Royal Wedding Fever

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Photo of Royal Wedding viewing party via Rachel Sklar on Twitpic

What were you doing at 5:30 this morning? For the record, we were at the Ace Hotel for a Royal Wedding viewing party, as seen in the photo above.

Our friend Curt DiCamillo was home on the edge of his couch, eyes glued to the television, (or YouTube!) updating his talk for the Eat, Drink & Think Like… The House of Windsor event at 92YTribeca on June 12. Curt will compare this royal wedding to previous ones, with a focus on jewelry and oral history, or, as he puts it, “gossip and bling.”

He tells us that the tiara worn by Her Royal Highness Princess William Arthur Philip Louis, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus, Master of Arts (formerly known as Miss Catherine Middleton) was made in 1936 by Cartier, originally a gift from the Duke of York (who would later become the stuttering King George VI) to his wife Elizabeth (The Queen Mother, who, coincidentally, Curt DiCamillo was presented to in recognition of his work). King George VI gave his daughter, the now-Queen Elizabeth, the tiara as an 18th birthday present. Join Curt DiCamillo and historian Paul Monod, author of Imperial Island: A History of Britain and Its Empire, 1660-1837, for a full explanation, complete with appropriate fairy-tale romance, scandal, historically accurate treats and many, many shiny things. We will, of course, serve tea. If you need lessons in royal tea drinking, please review this video clip with Stephen Colbert.

Of course, via Vanity Fair magazine, we wouldn’t let you go without sharing a photo of the bride in the tiara. For the real tiara geeks, check out the links below for more photos of the tiara in action by other royal woman. 

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Friday, March 25, 2011
Douglas Coupland & Chuck Klosterman at 92YTribeca

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Canadian author Douglas Coupland joined American essayist Chuck Klosterman (above, left to right) at 92YTribeca on Wednesday evening for the latest Upper North Side Canadian Author Series. In keeping with the subject of Coupland’s recent book, Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!, the conversation centered on the evolving relevance of Canadian philosopher and communications theorist Marshall McLuhan, whose birth centenary is being celebrated this year.

See more photos from the event on 92YTribeca’s Flickr page and browse all upcoming 92YTribeca Talks.

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