Magazine June 22, 2009, Issue

Attention Getting

The Empire State Building in New York, N.Y., July 16, 2009 (Jamie Fine/Reuters)

When I moved to New York, Ben Sonnenberg was a merry old troll who lived, not in a den under a bridge, but at 19 Gramercy Park, in the former Stuyvesant Fish house. The place had a staircase by Stanford White, and Sonnenberg had filled it with Sickerts and Sargents. He had reached this eminence via a career in public relations. He was able, for a price, to guarantee the cover of Time magazine. (His son, in a perfect Buddenbrooks touch, founded a literary magazine.) Those days are past. The cover of Time would cost much less now, and besides,

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


How It Was

A review of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement, by Richard Brookhiser.

The Other O’Connor

There was another Catholic novelist named O’Connor at work in the Fifties and Sixties, and for a time he was both better known and vastly more popular.