img

A Rich Purim Party Promotes Sino-American Ties

img

Nestled Among the Palm Trees, a Figue Grows

img

Making “Billions” at Cipriani

Parties

Daphne Merkin’s Book Launch Was Anything But Depressing

by Michael Gross
Thursday, February 9, 2017
img
img

New York’s literati came out in force when author Toni Bentley and investor Scott Asen hosted a book launch last night in their Manhattan townhouse for Daphne Merkin and her acclaimed new memoir This Close to Happy:  A Reckoning With Depression, which is excerpted in the February issue of Avenue.  “How do you make a book about depression not too depressing?” Merkin asked in her remarks. Then she joked, “I should have called it Melancholy Baby.”

The crowd included Robert Caro, Edmund Morris, Susan Cheever, Erika Jong, Molly Fast-Jong, Molly Haskell, Anne Roiphe, Cathy Graham, Carol Gilligan, Honor Moore, Jonathan Schwartz, Deborah Solomon, Charles McGrath, Richard David Story, James Atlas, Lynn Goldberg, Sandi Mendelson, Luke Barr, Stephen Drucker and publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux’s Jonathan Galassi and Ileen Smith. Merkin’s siblings Sol and Ezra Merkin, and daughter Zoe Brod were there, too.

Merkin seemed to be pleased by both the turnout and the rave reviews her book has already attracted.  “I’m getting slowly closer to happy,” she concluded.

Photos by Michael Gross

MORE FORM ART
img

Making “Billions” at Cipriani

Insider trading doesn't always have to be dull.

Parties
img

How do you follow OJ? (Hint: Not in a White Bronco)

Ryan Murphy made one of last year's

Our Crowd
img
Calendar

Helping UN Women for Peace Counter Violence Against Women

The UN Women for Peace Association Annual Awards

by Michael GrossPhotographed by Billy Farrall