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David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Head of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101

David Rockefeller serves with the U.S. Army in North Africa and France during World War II

Jonathan Kandell writes:

David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world for even longer as he spread the gospel of American capitalism, died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. He was 101.

New York Review of Books editor Robert B Silvers dies

Silvers co-founded the magazine in 1963

The exacting editor of The New York Review of Books, Robert B Silvers, who made it a literary magazine of lasting influence, has died aged 87.

He died at his home in Manhattan after a short illness, the magazine said.

Mr Silvers co-edited the bi-weekly with Barbara Epstein from its inception in 1963.

It regularly featured contributions from great writers and polemicists like Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, WH Auden and more recently Zadie Smith.

In a tweet on Monday The New York Review of Books (NYRB) wrote: “With great sadness we must announce that Robert B. Silvers, founding editor of The New York Review, died this morning after a short illness.”

It provided no further details, and is yet to announce a successor.

Mr Silvers had served as sole editor of the NYRB after fellow founder Epstein died in 2006.

By the end of his long and storied life, he had become a landmark of the New York literary scene.

“Ambitious novelists would hope to see him at their book launches, his genial presence often viewed as conferring acceptance into an exclusive club,” says the BBC’s Nick Bryant in New York.

However, the magazine was not without its critics. Writer Tom Wolfe mocked it as “the chief theoretical organ of Radical Chic”.

The magazine also features articles on culture, economics, science and current affairs.

David Rockefeller muere a los 101 años

David Rockefeller

El empresario David Rockefeller, famoso por su inmensa fortuna y sus obras de caridad, murió este lunes a los 101 años mientras dormía en su casa, según informó su vocero.

Nieto de John D. Rockefeller, cofundador de la petrolera Standard Oil, luego se convirtió en el administrado de los bienes del clan y jefe de una red de intereses familiares, tanto comerciales como filantrópicos.

El conocido banquero presidió durante años el Chase Manhattan Bank y fue fundador de la Comisión Trilateral, creada en 1973 y considerada una de las organizaciones privadas más influyentes del mundo. El reciente cálculo de la revista Forbes cifró su fortuna actual en USD 3.300 millones, lo que lo ubicó 581 de las personas más acaudaladas.

Anne Stevenson at 80 – a poetry reading. Part of British Academy Literature Week 2013

Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson celebrates her 80th birthday with a reading at the British Academy in London as part of Literature Week 2013. With an introduction from Dr Eleanor Spencer (Durham University).

Dying children’s author writes dating profile for husband

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

An author dying of ovarian cancer has written a dating profile of her husband so he can find “another love story”.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal lists his best qualities and says she hopes “the right person reads this [and] finds Jason”.

“I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony,” she writes in the New York Times.

“But I’m going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of co-existing in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days.”

Amy is known for writing books for children, as well as memoirs about her own family and life.

She and Jason have been together for almost three decades and have grown-up children.