Last night was themed "African Safari." Brian F, Jamie, Anna, Ellen, her neighbor Brad and I grilled on the porch and then walked over to E Room for beerz. Someone notable was DJing but I don't know who it was... everything at E Room always sounds bassy and exactly the same as always.
While all of that was happening, I was getting texts from Maura, urging me to watch David Letterman interview Anna Wintour as a guest on his show, I suppose in support of the new documentary following her working life at Vogue and behind-the-scenes looks at editing the mammoth Septempber issue.
I youtubed the interview this morning. Ms. Wintour is not spectacularly witty, warm or endearing and is certainly scripted and rehearsed. But who cares, she's a successful, famous business woman-- she is not an entertainer. I don't like that people expect her to have hidden soft spots, warmth or demure modesty. That confusing Morley Safer 60 Minutes interview was shockingly misogynist, casually interogating her on being a "bitch," "ice queen" and a professional. Its difficult to imagine ol' Morley confronting powerful male editors or CEOs with that level of incredulity and disrespect.
I like her because she is here to run shit, make power grabs, expand aesthetic empires, legitimize and ruin creative careers at whim, encourage exquisite taste, possess every social grace and party out of necessity to show face. I respond to romance power... the complete aestheticizing of capitalism.
That is all just to say, I can't wait to see the film.