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Michael Gross
Provocative cultural journalist and New York Times best-selling author Michael Gross is the author of Rogues’ Gallery: The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed and Betrayals That Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art, now available in paperback. His new book, Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition and the Lust For Land in Los Angeles, will be published November 1st, 2011. Currently a Contributing Editor at Travel & Leisure, and a columnist at Crain's New York Business, he has been a columnist at the New York Times, New York Magazine, GQ, Town & Country, and Tatler, an editor at Esquire and George and a guest editor of Gawker. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, Details, Elle, Architectural Digest, Cosmopolitan, CBritish, Italian and German Vogue, and the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women (1995); My Generation (2000), a biography of the Baby Boom generation, Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren (2003), and 740 Park (2005). He lives in New York City. You can visit his blog Gripebox at
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Entries by Michael Gross

Whose Times? Why Silence?

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2012 | 10:07 PM

Looks like I'm not the only one around with a Christmas gripe against someone at The New York Times. That link in the previous sentence is extraordinary....

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The Real Free Press

(5) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 9:39 AM

In his media column today, "At Media Companies, A Nation of Serfs," David Carr comes down on the side of those who think professional writers shouldn't write for free for The Huffington Post and ought to consider the same before posting on Facebook and Twitter. Perhaps because he has...

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Who Kidnapped Brooke Astor? (NEWS FLASH: She's Been Found!)

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 11:57 AM

The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute has a new-ish show, "American Woman," exploring the modern woman through dress -- a very original way to look at women, no? But that's not what interests me most here. At the very end of the show, there's a gallery where still images of 200...

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Oral-gate: The Secret History of the Metropolitan Museum

(12) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 3:05 PM

When I began researching Rogues' Gallery, my "social" history of the leaders and benefactors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I discovered that although the institution celebrates the history of human creation, the Met's keepers were profoundly anti-historical when it came to their own story. "If we say we won't...

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The Art of Back-Scratching

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 11:02 AM

It's been almost eleven months since the Metropolitan Museum named Thomas Campbell, a British tapestries expert, its new director. Since then, he's given only a few interviews, none of them particularly revealing of either his personality (shy but graceful) or his plans for the museum (spend less, update the web...

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If You're So Rich, How Come You're Not Smart?

(13) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 10:54 AM

"If you're so smart, how come you're not rich?"

That's never been said to me, but I've read it more than once in the faces of the rich-and-famous types who populate my journalistic "beat." What follows often proves a different dictum, expressed through a variant of the question first...

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Sympathy for the Devil

(5) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 4:08 PM

On Thursday morning, Charlene Marshall was sobbing, her eyes bloodshot and bright red when she walked into Supreme Court in Manhattan where her husband Anthony is on trial, charged with manipulating his Alzheimer's Disease-stricken mother, the philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor, into changing her will in his favor, plundering her...

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