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    Inside Fashion Week

    By kyle | September 14, 2012

    Me? At Fashion Week? I’m the guy who gets the Lands’ End catalog and thinks, “Too edgy.” Nevertheless, like a lamb on a freeway I was ordered to step forth. My column on the runway shows is up.

    Topics: Fashion, New York City | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to “Inside Fashion Week”

    1. K Says:
      September 14th, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Delightful piece.

    2. Hedge Says:
      September 14th, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Appropriately snarky, Kyle…just as I had hoped.

    3. Don Reed Says:
      September 15th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      “This smorgasbord of starvation” – !!! Superb!

      Say, when does Richard Gere stop playing himself in “Pretty Woman”?

      And when does the NY Post realize that the forever incompetently presented NY Daily News has just successfully revamped their print product? I can scarcely believe myself.

      Do us a favor, will you? And it has the potential for a column:

      There’s a “Harriet Klausner” who has “read” and reviewed “27,892” books.

      When it was about 25,000 reviews, I did the math and figured that had she submitted only one review a day nonstop, then she must have started this routine in 1940 (LONG before the Internet and Amazon were even a definable concept).

      This farce is being played on the stage of Amazon Books. Go to that page and type in the book title, “Assassin of Secrets.” Read the other reviews of this apprehended plagiarist’s work, then read the one submitted in “her” name.

      At any rate, sending “her” up will possibly KO this fraud.

      People have been trying to warn other readers not to take “her” reviews seriously (“she” is suspected of being a publishing consortium’s review factory that reworks dust cover blurbs, etc., almost never awarding any rating less than 4/5 stars. More details, see the Wikipedia profile).

      In turn, these people are now stating that Amazon is deleting the warnings and other critical postings (comments to the reviews) – wiping them out completely (not leaving the usual explanation that it was deleted by the author, etc.).

      If this is true, then Amazon’s part of the racket. Or at least bending over backwards to do favors for the publishers of the dime novels that are HK’s stock-in-trade.

      And for your amusement (hopefully), the following:

      “I think ‘Harriet’ is actual a battalion of North Korean female Marines – maybe a division – positioned each day behind their country’s latest technology, manual typewriters from WWII Lend Lease stores.

      “At least, the reviews ‘read’ as if this is the case.

      “Cheer up, girls! Help is on the way. Iran is Fed-Exing brand new electric typewriters with the lift-off tape that magically removes all spelling errors!

      “(Things Will Go Wrong: All lift-off tape north of the 38th Parallel will be used as emergency supplies of dental floss.)”

      Be well.

      Don Reed

    4. Don Reed Says:
      September 17th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      “Gals, football players may try to break each other’s legs, but when the game is over, they shake hands.”

      When I saw the final play of the Giants-Bucs FB game yesterday (Sunday), I said to myself, “Kyle’s going to be royally annoyed about this.”

      [The Giants, ahead by a TD, attempted to end the game very late in the 4th Qtr by snapping the ball & then kneeling. This will kill off the remaining time in the game. 100% of the time, there’s a “gentleman’s agreement” – yes, in the context of the National Felons League, to even think of using such a phrase is insane, but I must – that the defense is not supposed to charge into the fray. But on orders from their dastardly head coach – perfectly timed to discredit Kyle’s admonition of the garmento hags – after the snap, one or two of the Buccaneers crashed through the line – knocking over an unsuspecting Giant tackle, who in turn slammed backwards into Manning, the quite surprised Giant QB. Yep. NOW the game’s over.]

    5. Don Reed Says:
      September 17th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      I should add that when the behavior of women at a chichi fashion show becomes an acceptable code of conduct for NFL players, we’re doomed.