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Toby Takes Manhattan

NEW YORK — Toby Young may have left the Big Apple with his tail between his legs after his career at Condé Nast fizzled out, but he returned to the city for a hero’s — or rather, antihero’s — welcome.<br><br>The book...

NEW YORK — Toby Young may have left the Big Apple with his tail between his legs after his career at Condé Nast fizzled out, but he returned to the city for a hero’s — or rather, antihero’s — welcome.

The book party for “How To Lose Friends and Alienate People,” held Monday night at Serena, downstairs from Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel, attracted a horde of media figures and socialites including Serena Bass, Michael Gross, Michael Wolff, Richard and Nadine Johnson (together), Kurt Andersen, New York Magazine’s Marc Malkin and Alice and Lucy Sykes. And though the book lampoons Vanity Fair in particular and Condé Nast writ large, a contingent of Nasties nevertheless showed up (so much for the rumor that VF chief Graydon Carter was banning staffers from attending), including Vanity Fair’s Dana Brown, Darryl Brantley, and contributing editor Steve Garbarino, Vogue’s Anne Vincent, GQ’s Lisa Dallos and The New Yorker’s John Cassidy. Young, meanwhile, was busy telling everyone that S.I. Newhouse Jr. [chairman of Advance Publications, parent company of Fairchild Publications and Condé Nast] was coming to the party after he received a faux RSVP from someone pretending to be the publishing magnate. (Perhaps Young himself?) Young spent much of the party flanked by sundry Playboy playmates (Playboy co-sponsored the bash).

Young capped the evening off with a stinging soliloquy directed at Carter, who was absent from the party but ever-present in the author’s apparently obsessed mind. “There’s been a bit of bad blood between Graydon and I, and I think it’s time to clear the air,” intoned Young. “Graydon, I have a message for you. Hello? Do you remember Spy magazine? You practically invented this type of journalism. You’ve been dishing it out for 24 years, and now it’s time to suck it up. Get out of the kitchen if you can’t take the heat.” Many in the crowd were aghast at the belligerence of Young’s speech.

His stalker-like fixation on Carter aside, Young is riding his downward mobility fable all the way to the airwaves. He appeared Tuesday on CNN’s “American Morning with Paula Zahn,” where he plugged his book and did his best Carter impersonation. Young will also be appearing — nude — in this week’s New York Observer, in conjunction with his written rebuttal of the rather negative book review penned last week by Adam Mars-Jones. Meanwhile, Young confided that the dissolution of British production company Film Four has left him somewhat in the lurch. While he already received $30,000 when it optioned his book, the forthcoming $100,000 he was expecting for writing the screenplay will probably not materialize any time soon.

NEW YORK — Toby Young may have left the Big Apple with his tail between his legs after his career at Condé Nast fizzled out, but he returned to the city for a hero’s — or rather, antihero’s — welcome.

The book party for “How To Lose Friends and Alienate People,” held Monday night at Serena, downstairs from Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel, attracted a horde of media figures and socialites including Serena Bass, Michael Gross, Michael Wolff, Richard and Nadine Johnson (together), Kurt Andersen, New York Magazine’s Marc Malkin and Alice and Lucy Sykes. And though the book lampoons Vanity Fair in particular and Condé Nast writ large, a contingent of Nasties nevertheless showed up (so much for the rumor that VF chief Graydon Carter was banning staffers from attending), including Vanity Fair’s Dana Brown, Darryl Brantley, and contributing editor Steve Garbarino, Vogue’s Anne Vincent, GQ’s Lisa Dallos and The New Yorker’s John Cassidy. Young, meanwhile, was busy telling everyone that S.I. Newhouse Jr. [chairman of Advance Publications, parent company of Fairchild Publications and Condé Nast] was coming to the party after he received a faux RSVP from someone pretending to be the publishing magnate. (Perhaps Young himself?) Young spent much of the party flanked by sundry Playboy playmates (Playboy co-sponsored the bash).

Young capped the evening off with a stinging soliloquy directed at Carter, who was absent from the party but ever-present in the author’s apparently obsessed mind. “There’s been a bit of bad blood between Graydon and I, and I think it’s time to clear the air,” intoned Young. “Graydon, I have a message for you. Hello? Do you remember Spy magazine? You practically invented this type of journalism. You’ve been dishing it out for 24 years, and now it’s time to suck it up. Get out of the kitchen if you can’t take the heat.” Many in the crowd were aghast at the belligerence of Young’s speech.

His stalker-like fixation on Carter aside, Young is riding his downward mobility fable all the way to the airwaves. He appeared Tuesday on CNN’s “American Morning with Paula Zahn,” where he plugged his book and did his best Carter impersonation. Young will also be appearing — nude — in this week’s New York Observer, in conjunction with his written rebuttal of the rather negative book review penned last week by Adam Mars-Jones. Meanwhile, Young confided that the dissolution of British production company Film Four has left him somewhat in the lurch. While he already received $30,000 when it optioned his book, the forthcoming $100,000 he was expecting for writing the screenplay will probably not materialize any time soon.