Jacob Bernstein, who began moonlighting as a Styles freelancer a little over a year ago (as we first reported here), has been hired at the section full-time.
Bernstein, son of Washington Post legend Carl Bernstein and the late author and screenwriter Nora Ephron, has already managed a rather prolific corpus for both the Thursday and Sunday editions of Styles.(1)
When the writer, director and producer was diagnosed several years ago with myelodysplastic syndrome, a pre-leukemia condition, she successfully kept the information inside an intimate and large social circle, a phenomenon that is in retrospect unsurprising upon reading the vast number of remembrances from actors, writers, producers, directors, editors, journalists and novelists who took to the web or gave interviews to newspapers to remember her.
Bernstein, 33, seems like a natural fit for Styles. He was previously a reporter at Women's Wear Daily and W. He also happens to be the son of Watergate-hero Carl Bernstein and the author and screenwriter Nora Ephron, and as such was born into a certain New York social orbit of interest to the section's readers and its editor, Stuart Emmrich. (How many young writers can say that they were played by the baby-actor in Heartburn?)
Just before 2 p.m. this afternoon, after one aborted attempt to present the latest harassment allegations against presidential aspirant Herman Cain, Gloria Allred was stalking down the stairs of the Friars Club on East 55th Street.
"Did he just leave? The gentleman in the Yankees hat?" Allred asked the desk attendant. The man, Benjy Bronk of the Howard Stern Show, had, indeed, just left, after delaying the proceedings with a sarcastic introduction that sent Allred and the accuser back to their dressing room.