My Joan Rivers Elevator Moment

I will always treasure my elevator-moment memory of Joan Rivers leaving me after a two-hour final editing session on the pages for Murder at the Academy Awards. The plot was all worked out, it had tension and a great climactic scene, but Joan wanted one more chance to sit with me and go page-by-page and insert as many jokes as she could. She arrived in full dress and makeup, as she always did, ready to work. Before we started, I asked her about the jewelry she was wearing. “This, this, this and this are from the Joan Rivers Collection. This,” she said, pointing to a beautiful diamond brooch, “was from Edgar.”

We had only about two hours carved out of her busy schedule to go over the final manuscript before she was to leave the next morning for China, to do Olivia Newton-John's "Great Walk to Beijing," a 228-kilometer breast-cancer benefit along the Great Wall of China. ("I was there for the paparazzi!” she later said of Olivia’s fundraiser. “But that bitch actually wanted to walk the entire length of the Great Wall of China! And I was wearing Jimmy Choos.)

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From Lost To Found On The Metro-North Train

An important part of my daily life as an apathetic Millennial involves the strategic avoidance of hype. Overenthusiasm or, even worse, earnest admiration of any kind is a social embarrassment too great to risk, regardless of whatever cultural phenomenon, life-changing product, or stale viral video on which I might be…

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Why I Think Reading Is The Ultimate Luxury

Santa Montefiore is an internationally bestselling author of many books including The French Gardener, The Summer House, and The Beekeeper’s Daughter.  Her recent release, Secrets of the Lighthouse, has garnered widespread praise.  As Jojo Moyes puts it, “Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart.”   Here, Santa discusses…

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-Haruki Murakami