A few weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, an FBI agent called the Whitney Museum of American Art and asked to see a drawing on exhibit there. The piece was by Mark Lombardi, an artist who had committed suicide the year before. Using just a pencil and a huge sheet of paper, Lombardi had created an intricate pattern of curves and arcs to illustrate the links between global finance and international terrorism. - NPR
Among the heirloom antiques that Bronson Van Wyck, the Manhattan party planner, keeps in his cavernous Flatiron district apartment is a giant map of England from the 1930s, on which each social engagement of King George VI was meticulously plotted. “This was found rolled up in a closet in Princess Margaret’s apartment at Kensington Palace after she died,” said Mr. Van Wyck, 37, his voice as dry as a 10-parts-to-1 martini. “I bought it from her son.” “I wonder if he knew that every time he came to town, someone like me had worked for days or weeks or months in advance to organize things,” he said.
- ALEX WILLIAMS