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Vogue’s New Book ‘The Editor’s Eye’

A new book, Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, celebrates the work of Vogue’s boundary-pushing fashion editors. Throughout its 120-year history, Vogue has been creating arresting images intended to make the reader’s eye stop. These are images that evoke desire—for something as real as a dress or a lipstick, or as intangible as a whole new body language, attitude, or paradigm. Some are images of stately, introspective calm; others make the heart leap with an adrenaline charge of energy, reflecting a century of change in fashion, society, and culture. Pre-Order “Vogue: The Editor’s Eye” by Conde Nast, Foreword by Anna Wintour, Introduction by Hamish Bowles for $45 at Barnesandnoble.com

Book Launch: ‘Beverly Hills Confidential’ — A Century of Stars, Scandals & Murders

What do the Menedez Brothers, the Billionaire Boys Club and Edward L. Doheny Jr. all have in common … ? All are acts of crime committed in  Beverly Hills — and are among the many solved and unsolved crimes laid out in the new book “Beverly Hills Confidential,” brought to you by an Emmy award-winning journalist and the lead CSI investigator in Beverly Hills.

Over the weekend, a book launch was held up at the old Doheny Estate in Trousdale aka Greystone Mansion (the crime scene of the infamous Edward L. Doheny Jr. murder in the 20s). Mini bundt cakes and red wine were served before the BH Police Chief Dave Snowden introduced the authors Barbara Schroeder and CSI investigator Clark Fogg. The new book — which has a companion website laying out various murders, weapons, and reports by decade — is an anthology detailing a century of crime and scandal in Beverly Hills, and is definitely on our required summer reading list.

Spotted at the book launch: Author Barbara Schroeder, CSI investigator Clark Fogg, BH Police Chief Dave Snowden, “The Manor: Murder and Madness at Greystone” playwright Kathy Bates, real estate giants Myra Nourmand & Said Nourmand, Will and Libby Doheny, ‘Black Dahlia’ author Steve Hodel, and more.

This book is published by Angel City Press.

Required Reading: ‘Pretty Things – The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens’ – Now in Paperback

Mon cher amie Liz Goldwyn will be reading from and signing the NEW PAPERBACK EDITION of her book “Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens”. The paper back version is the perfect gift for anyone of any age, any sex, and any walk of life. It is a history book, a novelty item…

NYC: Equus in East Hampton – Alec Baldwin, Sam Underwood

Steve Hamilton, Sam Underwood as "Alan Strang", Georgia Warner

Typically summer theater consists of light comedies not a heavy psychological mystery about why a 17 year old English boy would senselessly blind 6 horses in a fit of passion.  However, this is no ordinary play – it”s the 1970’s play “Equus” – a modern classic – and actor Alec Baldwin seeking to constantly challenge himself as an actor immediately said “Equus” when asked what play he most wanted to perform.  Playwright Sir Peter Shaffer made minor revisions specifically for this performance.

Baldwin stars as one of the two leads, psychologist Dr. Martin Dysart and Sam Underwood serves as his foil, the troubled Alan Strang whose sympathy we gain and whose strange passion we attempt to understand.  Indeed, passion is the crux of the play.   Baldwin’s Dr. Dysart is a fascinating character for he is a tormented man with romantic longings.  Every night he reads books of far away civilizations and dreams of escape.  He lives vicariously through his patients who he bitterly realizes it’s his civic duty to anesthetize of passion when it goes awry and wonders if they are any better off for now they are just like him.

22 year old Underwood is yet another enormously talented young British import Hollywood should keep its eyes out for.  He was impressive to say the least. Newcomer Georgia Warner skillfully plays Alan’s love interest who attempts to seduce him the night he goes mad.  Baldwin is sympathetic as Dysart, and I enjoyed his performance.

An after party took place in the garden behind the theater and an unofficial after party across the street at the Maidstone hotel.  Director Sidney Lumet (Network, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico) was in attendance and playwright Peter Shaffer.

“Equus” runs at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton until July 3rd.

Sam Underwood, Alec Baldwin