Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: the Metropolitan Museum of Art eyes the Whitney's space, The Washington Post shuffles the decks, and George W. Bush cuts and runs from dinner

  • The goofy, vaguely extraterrestrial hat Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding last month is going to be auctioned off on eBay, with proceeds from the sale going to charities like UNICEF and Children in Crisis. Hopefully the buyer is somebody from the hat's home planet. [AP]
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art wants to take over the Whitney's landmark Marcel Breuer building when the museum moves to its new facility in 2015, with both sides working on a deal that would let the Met lease the building for eight years. But they don't want to hang pretty pictures in the space.“I see the Breuer building as a laboratory, a place where we can be more creative in our programming without physical limitations," said Met director Thomas P. Campbell. "This gives us the opportunity to work across department boundaries to do what other museums cannot." Might we suggest a ListServ? [Vulture]
  • Yesterday was a busy day for The Washington Post's human resources team. The paper hired former Washington City Paper and TBD.com editor Erik Wemple to write for the Opinions section. Wemple, who frequently criticized the Post at the City Paper, will write about politics and media. The paper also reassigned Style editor Ned Martel to a newly-created reporter position, where he'll be covering the “personalities, the offbeat, the veiled dramas”of the 2012 elections. FishbowlDC says the "overwhelming reports [are] that Martel was pushed out by Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli." In a follow-up interview with the blog, Martel denied that he was pushed out and said the move was his choice. [Media Decoder/FishbowlDC]
  • President Bush aborted a planned dinner at Gabriel's in Manhattan Monday, possibly because Bill Clinton and strategist James Carville were eating there too. A witness described the scene: "Bush screeched up in a motorcade, walked into the restaurant, came into the bar area, then turned around and left. We don't know if it was because Clinton was there." [Page Six]
  • Will Ferrell will be the 14th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He'll receive the prize at a ceremony in October, and has already promised to "begin cultivating a Mark Twain-esque mustache in anticipation of the event." [Arts Beat]