BELIEVING IN KURT: Kurt Andersen’s book party at the Waverly Inn in New York Monday night went off without a hitch, even if everyone dressed like they’d just come from a memorial service, as several of them had. Among the guests at the party, which was thrown by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter for Andersen’s new book, “True Believers,” Arianna Huffington, Charlie Rose, Martha Stewart and Ray Kelly had all also managed invites to the service for Nora Ephron uptown earlier in the day. Stewart and Kelly hadn’t even traded their bereavement blacks.
The guest list at the Waverly was nothing to scoff at. Broadcasters were solidly represented. Tom Brokaw, Lawrence O’Donnell and Jim Cramer were there. Rose, who’d sped away from last month’s “The Newsroom” premiere in New York as soon cocktails were over, actually stayed through the very end, making time for powwows with Julie Taymor and David Carr. Carr’s New York Times was in the house, too — Jill Abramson, former Ethicist Ariel Kaminer and, making a rare New York appearance, Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt. The only confusion came with respect to Andersen’s novel, which has Ian Fleming-esque spies as characters, and that at least one of the guests hadn’t read. “Spies? Yes, I used to work at Spy,” one guest said to a reporter.
Some complained the room was too hot, but another guest explained, “That’s why Graydon gets the awards. Energy conservation.”
The hosts can at least be comfortable in knowing that by the end of the night Waverly staff had run out of copies of the book to hand out.