New Yorker kudos for Spree writer
It’s always been our understanding that the original format of Buffalo Spree—with its cultural listings, fiction, and poetry—was intended to emulate the venerable New Yorker. We’re not sure how successful that was; these days, Spree’s model is more like another classic NYC weekly—New York.
But many of us here still look to the New Yorker as one of the world’s great magazines, so imagine our excitement when the venerable periodical devoted the conclusion of a recent blog column to Kevin Purdy’s feature The Phantom King, which appeared in the June, 2012 issue of Spree.
Here’s what they said:
The piece begins memorably, with twenty-one-year-old Michael Wilson, the new owner of a $3.3-million mansion described as “the region’s most expensive residence,” trotting into a kiddie Christmas party on his lavish estate—on horseback. It emerges that Wilson has masterminded a massive real-estate con, taking in more than eight million dollars despite having no business experience whatsoever.
“Then,” the writer, Kevin Purdy, notes, “he disappeared.”
Read the whole column here.