Parker Posey, Chuck Close, Nick Denton, Larry Kramer, Jonas Mekas, Susanna Bartsch, Dan Rather, model Jenny Joslin, and David Rakoff were among those in attendance at last night’s book party for My First New York, held, appropriately enough, at the Paramount Hotel’s Library Bar.
The book, subtitled “Early Adventures in the Big City (As Remembered by Actors, Artists, Athletes, Chefs, Comedians, Filmmakers, Mayors, Models, Moguls, Porn Stars, Rockers, Writers, and Others),” was put together by the editors of New York magazine and features personal anecdotes about the city from people who haven’t taken the subway in a very long time. (Just
The event was jam-packed, with very many skinny, well-dressed people with nice haircuts mingling about, downing free drinks and sampling several plates of hors d’oeuvres that were empty by the time they got to us as screens on either side of the room showed images of iconic New Yorkers. We watched as the crowd parted, allowing anchor Dan Rather to walk through like a more neatly-coiffed Moses. We also caught a glimpse of Gawker founder Nick Denton through a gaggle of tittering sycophants (or his friends and colleagues, whatever), one of which we would most surely have been had we not been altogether too chickenshit.
In all, it was a beautiful party. With what we’re sure must have been some great hors d’oeuvres.