Nostalgia

Regrets of Time

Talk about how the mighty have fallen. Time magazine was, for the better part of the 20th century, the model for American newsweeklies. Its style of epigrammatic terseness and punchy prose became known as “timespeak;” its compact format an invention of its founder, Henry Luce. Luce was the son of a missionary and was born …

It Seems Like Yesterday

It was 1984—not George Orwell’s 1984, but Tiffany & Co.’s utopian 1984. The legendary American luxury retail emporium had taken back its luster in a leveraged buyout from Avon, who had owned it since 1979. Tiffany’s celebrated design director John Loring was beginning to shoot for Tiffany Taste, his second book with his famous editor, …

The Loss of a Friend

by Taki Theodoracopulos I hate to start with a cliché, but Count Arnaud de Borchgrave d’Altena, who died in Washington, D.C., last week at age 88, was the last of the great foreign correspondents, with trench coat, suntan, title, and 17 wars under his belt. One accomplishment none of his obituaries included—mind you, this is …

It Seems Like Yesterday

by Harry Benson B. C. Forbes was a journalist who immigrated to America from Aberdeenshire in Scotland and worked as a columnist for Hearst newspapers before founding Forbes magazine. Because we shared a background with Scotland and journalism, I was pleased to have the opportunity in 1971 to photograph B. C. Forbes’ son Malcolm Forbes, …

Carter Burden, A 1960s Legend’s Legacy

by Audax Last year, nearly two decades after his early death in 1996, the Morgan Library mounted a splendid exhibition of masterpieces from Carter Burden’s magnificent collection of modern American literature. “From Gatsby to Garp” brought together nearly 100 works including first editions, manuscripts, letters, and revised galley proofs. Among the authors featured were such …

The Legacy of Halston

“Fashion starts with fashionable people,” stated designer Roy Halston Frowick (1932–1990), known simply as “Halston.” Born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 23, 1932, to a Norwegian-American accountant and his wife, Halston later dropped his first and last names, preferring the moniker. As a boy, Halston loved to alter and make clothes for his mother …