Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Salman Rushdie picks the classics, Gwenyth Paltrow steps out, and Amar'e Stoudemire looks at high fashion.
- Sally Field took a private tour of Ford's Theater yesterday, studying, among other things, Mary Todd Lincoln's fan and dishes. Field is playing the former first lady (opposite Daniel Day-Lewis) in director Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of Team of Rivals [Reliable Source]
- You can add Salman Rushdie-approved reading material to the list of in-room amenities at Andre Balzacs's Standard Hotel: The Satanic Verses author is choosing ten "American classics" to be placed in rooms during the week of the PEN World Voices Festival later this month. [Page Six]
- The new Bon Appetit will not feature juice cleanse recipes, but that didn't stop Gwyneth Paltrow from showing up at the magazine's relaunch party at Minetta Tavern to wish new editor Adam Rapaport luck. Paltrow's own cookbook just came out yesterday. [WWD]
- The family of the late Pat Tillman is speaking out against the White House's decision to appoint Gen. Stanley McChrystal co-chair of a commission on military families. "Considering that we have plenty of evidence indicating that McChrystal was involved in the cover-up of Pat's death...he's not the right person for that kind of a job," Tillman's mother, Mary, told ABC. Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. [ABC]
- Knicks center Amar'e Stoudemire and designer Rachel Roy are taking their planned fashion line seriously: they're attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala together on May 2, six months before their label makes its debut at Macy's. Guess he doesn't think the Knicks are still going to be alive in the playoffs come May either. [Page Six]