Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

When Being 1st isn't Winning
Etan Patz & Milk Cartons

NEW YORK -- The New York City police commissioner says a person who's in custody has implicated himself in the disappearance and death of Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) 33 years ago.
Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement that further details would be released later Thursday.
The New York Times reports that Pedro Hernandez, 67, claims he strangled the boy, wrapped him in a bag and put his body in a box:
The man, Pedro Hernandez, told investigators that he left the box at a location in Manhattan, but when he returned several days later the box was no longer there, the official said.
At the time of Patz's disappearance, Hernandez lived in the 6-year-old's neighborhood and worked at a nearby bodega. Investigators have considered him suspect before.
The New York Post reports Hernandez moved to New Jersey after Patz disappeared. There he twice confessed to killing a child-- first to his family and second to a spiritual adviser, but in neither instance did he name Patz as the victim. When a family member of Hernandez's heard last month that officials were digging up a basement in Soho looking for Patz's body, they contacted police.
The Times notes that officials are approaching the confession cautiously.
At a press conference Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed sympathy for the boy's family, who never changed their phone number or address in case the boy ever reached out. "I certainly hope that we are one step closer to bringing them a measure of relief," he said.
The 6-year-old vanished while walking to a Manhattan bus stop in 1979.
The April excavation of a Manhattan basement yielded no obvious human remains and little forensic evidence that would help solve the decades-long mystery of what happened to Patz.

New Diane Arbus Bio Contract Inked!

photo ©Garry Winogrand
Journalist Arthur Lubow has sold a new biography of Diane Arbus to Ecco called A Secret About a Secret: The Life of Diane Arbus. It was acquired by Hilary Redmon through Mr. Lubow’s agent Elyse Cheney at Elyse Cheney Agency.
According to Publishers Marketplace, the book explores “the extraordinary facts of [Arbus's] life and explore the way she used her gift for intimacy to probe complex ideas about identity in a manner revolutionary to both her art and her time.” There is no word yet on a publication date. Mr. Lubow is best known for his 1992 book, The Reporter Who Would Be King: A Biography of Richard Harding Davis. He also wrote extensive liner notes that are included in Nick Drake’s Fruit Tree box set.
Media Bistro’s UnBeige blog dug up this piece by Mr. Lubow on Arbus, which was first published in The New York Times Magazine in 2003.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Soundtrack of a Generation

and the start of a revolution.

Robin Gibb of The BeeGees Dies
Another Death for Disco

Robin Gibb, one of the three BeeGees, sadly leaves us just as Donna Summer completes her last dance. The BeeGees, Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band were "the" disco triangle which catapulted America, and the world, to the dance floor, and were the concrete foundation of a movement which would forever change music and, ultimately, nightlife and society. If it weren't for the movie SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, where would we be? And yet, another great voice taken from us far too soon. What a great legacy: STAYING ALIVE.