Culture Vulture: New Ideas for Fall

Life Hotel

There is more to life than everything pumpkin-flavored, raking leaves, and around-the-clock sports coverage this fall. Here are some new ideas to embrace—the latest books to read, shows to watch, and restaurants to experience.


Opening imminently from hospitality impresario Stephen Hanson is the new hotel Life, located in the old Life Magazine building in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood. Life has been breathed into the 1893 building with 98 guest rooms that have been designed to pay respect to the heritage of the building with high ceilings, iron bedframes, and brass fixtures. This full-service on-site restaurant is from Chef Michael Vignola (formerly of the Strip House Steakhouse). Additionally, in the basement is a bar serving classic cocktails and fulfilling its old role—it was once a speakeasy for Life Magazine staffers back in the day.


Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in the film adaptation of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner about his 1970s romance with actress Gloria Grahame in the final years of her life. The film premiered to much acclaim at the Telluride Film Festival, and the industry elite attended its screening at the Toronto Film International Festival. Released by Sony Pictures Classic.


Entertainment mastermind Ian Schrager’s new hotel, PUBLIC, located on Chrystie Street in New York City, boasts that most enviable of gastronomic assets—a Jean-Georges restaurant. Destined to become an instant classic by virtue of the chef’s experience and Schrager’s remarkable aesthetic, Public Kitchen takes the melting pot of New York City’s ethnicities and makes a menu that reflects that eclectic mix—including vegan dishes, creating something for everyone.


Uma Thurman of “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” cinematic fame takes a different role entirely alongside Josh Lucas in the new Broadway play, “The Parisian Woman,” opening on November 30. Written by Beau Willimon, who crafted the American version of “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey, this play is set in modern day Washington, D.C. and chronicles the travails of a woman trying to pressure her lover into securing her husband a high-level role in the U.S. government.


“A Legacy of Spies” by John le Carre is the latest novel from the author, whose observations on human nature and moral ambivalence in the world of espionage have resulted in television and cinematic fame through adaptations of earlier works such as “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “A Most Wanted Man,” “The Night Manager,” and “The Constant Gardener,” to name a few. His new work brings the reader full circle to his original characters, such as British spymaster George Smiley (played by both Alec Guinness and Gary Oldman on television and film) and his trusted colleague Peter Guillam.

By Norah Bradford

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