MODEL BEHAVIOUR: AT THE EMPIRE DINER
“That tweedy asshole’s staring at me.”
“Why would he be staring at you?”
“I don’t know, he probably hates Jews.”
“Jeremy, you don’t look like a Jew,” I whisper. “Even your mother has her doubts. You look like a goddamn Swede. You look like Thor or Woden, for Christ’s sake. Did you have a Scandinavian milkman when you were growing up?’ Whether or not the man in question, an aging prepster in Harris tweed, had any previous interest in Jeremy, he does turn toward us at this moment, revealing, it seems to me, a face that is more plausibly Semitic than my friend’s.
“What’s the matter?” Jeremy shouts. “You’ve never seen a Jew with long blond hair?” Holding up a hank of his blond mane.
An admirer of the sixties, Jeremy is still fighting the old battles, perhaps because he missed them at the time. Like the priest of a lost religion, herails against the corruption of a society in which the Beatles’ “Revolution” is used to sell sneakers.
“Is Lehmann-Haupt Jewish?” Jeremey ask.
"Actually" I say, "I have no idea."
Tweedy assholes and tweed douchebags, it’s fall baby and they are back. From Jay McInerney’s Model Behavior, pictures The Big Picture and The Hands shot in France 2002 by photographer Tina Barney for her The Europeans project. The result of her grand tour of Europe between 1996 and 2004 when she traveled to Austria, Italy, England, Spain, France and Germany, photographing folks who earlier would have commissioned painted portraits of themselves.