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Field Trip to the Other Fork

Published by Wednesday Martin

The Manhattan tribes live by binary oppositions. French anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss suggested that, just like the indigenous people he studied in the Brazilian Amazon, we all share the same "savage mind" that creates categories in distinction to other categories (alive/dead; animal/human; inside/outside), thus ordering our experience.


Fashion Friday — Back to Fall

Published by Wednesday Martin
The strappy sandal has migrated to women’s backs this summer. The lines here draw attention to her back and her bottom. The latter is where you would find a non-human female primate’s indications of estrus. But back display is relatively new.
The strappy sandal has migrated to women’s backs this summer. The lines here draw attention to her back and her bottom. The latter is where you would find a non-human female primate’s indications of estrus. But back display is relatively new.

On Labor Day weekend, a woman with kids is thinking Back to School. Or she's in denial about it.


2013 Authors Night to Benefit the East Hampton Library!

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Selling my wares for a good cause….Authors Night 2013…thanks to Sarah Burton for the dress!
Selling my wares for a good cause….Authors Night 2013…thanks to Sarah Burton for the dress!

Authors Night is an annual rite of summer, where readers meet their favorite authors and authors meet their favorite readers and sell their books for a great cause. This year, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dr. Ruth, Robert K. Massie, Robert Caro, Padma Lakshmi, David Margolick, Thomas Maier and many others turned out. I was there selling Stepmonster and talking up my new project, Primates of Park Avenue: an Anthropological Memoir of Uptown Motherhood.  Thanks to all who were there!


Dispatches from the land of cashmere hedges....

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Cashmere signifies comfort and luxury and as such is part of the tribal uniform of the Hamptons. See?
Cashmere signifies comfort and luxury and as such is part of the tribal uniform of the Hamptons. See?

In East Hampton, there is a store called Cashmere Hampton. For me that says it all. That, and the hedges.


A Park Avenue wife falls from grace

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You don’t want to have what she’s having….
You don’t want to have what she’s having….

Woody Allen is channeling Edith Wharton, and it is delicious. For his latest project, Blue Jasmine, he places the beautiful, pampered Manhattan wife of a successful hedge fund manager under his lens. They are a rich and powerful couple — for a time. Then comes an indictment, a prison sentence, a separation and a fall from grace for Jasmine, brought to life, a Birkin on her wrist, by Cate Blanchett. Jasmine, a modern day Lily Bart, unravels like a threadbare Chanel jacket. Here's the New York Times review.