Well, today Alex Kuczynski has thrown us a little bit of a loop in the Thurday Styles of The New York Times by writing about the expanding Ralph Lauren fiefdom on Madison Avenue between 71st and 72nd streets. In the spirit of full disclosure, we should let our readers know that The Shophound briefly (and unhappily) worked there. Before we get to that, let's have a short look at Alex's mild, but still amusing freak-out of the week as she comes upon a reference to Ralph in a Joan Didion book:
I stopped. Rubbed my eyes. Reread. There it was: Page 194. This titan of literature, one half of perhaps America’s greatest literary duo of the last quarter-century, had seen fit, in the Pulitzer Prize-nominated ode to her late husband, to muse on Ralph Lauren’s expansion on Madison Avenue.
Really? So Shocked? A fine writer shouldn't mention something as lowly as a store when writing about prosaic activities? Apparently actual details about life in New York don't belong in fancy "literary" books.
It's a good thing we never read those. We might be constantly horrified!
Anyway, on to Ralph, and a tiny bit of dirt from us after the jump.