FOUR THINGS

Read, See, Go…says SHINAN GOVANI

House in Savannah
  1. The piece in the September Town & Country magazine about the deposed monarch of Greece, King Constantine II of Greece, is not only royally interesting, it’s a splendid catch-me-up to modern Euro history. Forced to flee Athens shortly after the seizure of power by a group of army officers in 1967, the King recently stunned Greeks — and most of his relatives in the royal households of Europe — by resettling in the capital where he was born and schooled — right in the midst of Greece’s current crisis. Perhaps most interesting to me was the background depicted in the piece about the one-off boarding school, Anavryta, created for the King, as a boy, by his parents — one for which the palace handpicked 14 boys to be his classmates. “They became his closest friends for life,” the article goes on to describe. http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/politics/news/a3607/king-without-a-country/
  2. Went to that Georgian gem of a town, Savannah, a few months ago, and I can’t get it out of my mind. “Enchanting” is perhaps the best word for it — wholly American, yet somehow foreign. One of the great walking cities in America — it’s laid out in 21 squares — there’s just something about Savannah: the Spanish moss draping the bare branches of oak; Sunday lunch at the Oglethorpe Club, a hint of Southern voodoo combined with an assured gentility, too-cute kids who attend the Savannah College of Art & Design, architecture spanning the neo-Gothic, Italianate palazzo, Georgian brick and clapboard Federal. After visiting, I decided I will go back every year for a jaunt during the depths of winter up north. (p.s. my favourite restaurant there?! The Grey, a fabulously deco eatery set in an old 1950s-era Greyhound restaurant) http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/travel/what-to-do-in-36-hours-in-savannah-georgia.html
  3. Don’t look at O magazine too often these days, but this one-on-one between Oprah and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the A-list chef, had me smiling from start to finish. Not only did my facial muscles hurt after I was done…but I was hungry as you can be! “I dream about food every night,” confesses JGV. http://www.oprah.com/food/Jean-Georges-Vongerichten-Oprah-Interview
  4. A new Noah Baumbach film is always worth a visit, as far as I’m concerned — and his new one, Mistress America, starring his real-life love, Greta Gerwig, was no exception. His is one of the most singular voices in American director-hood…although, I have to say this is one Baumbach movie that almost seemed to be a Baumbach film in Whit Stillman-drag. Not that I’m complaining about that! You kinda get two auteurs for the price of one! Though it does run out of gas (a bit) at the end, I can’t help but agree with Joel Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal when he writes, “Ms. Gerwig’s performance is a comic diamond, and not in the rough. Her timing is flawless, her delivery is droll. The character she has created — from a remarkably smart and supple script, plus her own unerring instincts — may have spiritual connections with Cate Blanchett’s delusional Jasmine or Diane Keaton’s blissed-out Annie Hall.” http://www.wsj.com/articles/mistress-america-review-older-and-unwiser-1439496687
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