Tea with Terrorists

Leonard Bernstein certainly knew how to throw a party.  He had the wealth and the digs to make it happen, as well as the reputation and connections to make news. Bernstein, whose undoubted musical genius was enhanced by his gift for flair as conductor of the New York Philharmonic, owned a thirteen-room Park Avenue apartment which he decided to use for a fundraiser for the radical Black Panther movement. The bash, held in the late 60s, was filled with New York's literati, as well as with other powerful figures who dominated the fields of art, film, and music. One of Bernstein's guests was author Tom Wolfe, who sneaked in a tape recorder and afterwards wrote a lengthy and eventually very famous essay for the New Yorker magazine. Wolfe coined the term "radical chic," a phrase which neatly and succinctly describes the liberal upper social class attraction to radical movements then and now. Thanks to Wolfe, Bernstein's bash was to become one of the most famous and memorable...(Read Full Article)