“I get very, very, very sad in places that aren’t right.”
“I’ve been to places where I cry if it’s physically ugly. I used to cry when I would go to L.A. I’d get out at the airport and it was so lonely. Such a place without a soul. There was no place to go. I would literally cry.”
“Nuance gives me great pleasure. The granularity, in the end, accounts for everything. You have to find people who are working for love and professional pride, because the amount of time it takes, there’s no rational justification for it on the creative side.”
“I’ve found that everything that engages me can be made into a success. You just need adequate effort, sweat, fear, [and] obsession.”
André Balazs, the man behind Chateau Marmont & Locusts-on-Hudson
In Myanmar, Retracing George Orwell’s Steps
"Burma resident then known as Eric Blair, was once nominally banned here. Times, though, have changed: at the first Irrawaddy Literary Festival earlier this year, copies of Orwell books were handed out to participants, and the organizers of Britain’s Orwell Prize came to the country to celebrate their man’s Burmese past. Blair would have been amused.
It is strange to think of a young and unknown Orwell, who was born in India to a father who worked as an overseer of the colonial opium business…”
1-4. Mr & Mrs Vanderbilt II, 1883, their house at 51st & Fifth Ave, followed by their drawing and dinning rooms.
5. William Backhouse Jr. & Caroline Astor’s ballroom & gallery in their Fifth Ave. house, 1887.
6. Mrs. William Backhouse Astor Jr. & John Jacob Astor IV’s ballroom in their Fifth Ave. house, 1895.