[Marxism] Really flipping out
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Fri Nov 9 11:32:03 MST 2007
August 22, 2007
On July 31, NY Times TV critic Gina Bellafante looked askance at a new
reality show called “Flipping Out” on the Bravo cable network, which is
based on the goings on of a Los Angeles real estate company run by one
Jeff Lewis. Lewis is a 36 year old gay man with Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder (OCD) who specializes in “flipping” houses. Bellafante
concludes her review with the following observation:
Mr. Lewis’s houses look like the generically upscale ones found in
House Beautiful. He doesn’t possess style; he copies it. What he does
have, by his own admission, is obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the
show’s producers, to their credit, do not treat his O.C.D. as if it were
a winning asset, the key to whatever success he has had. Like many
sufferers of the disorder, Mr. Lewis ignores the real mayhem right there
in front of him, so fixated is he on the idea, say, that all the bottles
of water in his refrigerator be stocked so that the labels always face
him. This is a task dispatched to one of three assistants, from whom he
demands formal, written apologies when they behave insubordinately.
For years now, the comic detective series ”Monk” has equated O.C.D.
with intuitive brilliance. We’ve long required a corrective
interpretation, and ”Flipping Out” is it. Mr. Lewis isn’t a genius of
anything. He’s just a delusional jerk.
NY Times, November 9, 2007
Assistant Arrested in Killing of Real Estate Agent
By AL BAKER and SEWELL CHAN
A Manhattan personal assistant fatally bludgeoned her boss, the
well-connected real-estate agent Linda Stein, in the woman’s opulent
Fifth Avenue apartment because Ms. Stein “just kept yelling at her,” a
law enforcement official said today. The assistant was arrested this
Officials said the assistant, Natavia Lowery, 26, of Brooklyn, made
statements implicating herself in the Oct. 30 killing of Ms. Stein after
detectives interviewed her and re-interviewed her in recent days.
Criminal charges from the Manhattan district attorney’s office are
pending. Ms. Lowery was being held at the Seventh Precinct on the Lower
According to the woman’s account, her tempestuous relationship with Ms.
Stein — a punk-rock pioneer and real estate agent who worked with
numerous celebrities — built from animosity to violence, the official said.
“It was that Linda just kept yelling at her, over everything” the
official said. “They fought. It was like a continuous thing, like a
Another official, Paul J. Browne, who is the Police Department’s chief
spokesman, said that investigators followed a dual path of combing for
physical evidence while conducting dozens of interviews with Ms. Stein’s
friends, acquaintances and family members.
Investigators returned to Ms. Stein’s apartment to examine the door
frame of the apartment and collect fiber samples from the carpet, while
detectives from the 19th Precinct in Manhattan and from the Manhattan
North Homicide Task Force interviewed Ms. Lowery repeatedly.
Ms. Stein, 62, a real estate broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman, had a
varied and storied career. Born in the Bronx, the daughter of a Jewish
caterer, she was a pioneer on the punk-rock scene and became a manager
for the Ramones. Later, she turned to real estate, working with
celebrity clients like Madonna and Billy Joel.
The singer Elton John is preparing a memorial concert in Ms. Stein’s memory.
Citing friends of Ms. Stein, The Daily News reported that the real
estate broker might have met Ms. Lowery when the younger woman worked as
a secretary at the Rogers & Cowan public relations agency in Manhattan.
The News, citing unidentified sources, reported that Ms. Lowery had been
arrested in December on misdemeanor charges of identity theft and petty
larceny — and that Ms. Stein did not know about the arrest.
According to The News, Ms. Lowery had been accused of stealing a high
school friend’s identity and using it to open accounts at Target and
T-Mobile and to make additional purchases in Virginia. The charges
against Ms. Lowery were eventually dropped and the case was sealed, The
In a phone interview from her home in Dalzell, S.C., Ms. Lowery’s aunt,
Julia Carrow Lowery, 44, said a detective had called her sister this
morning to say that Ms. Lowery had been arrested.
Ms. Lowery insisted that her niece enjoyed working for Ms. Stein.
Natavia Lowery found the job through a temporary employment agency and
began work for Ms. Stein in July, the aunt said.
“She always talked about the lady, how nice she was,” Julia Lowery said.
“She was not nice to a lot of other people, but she was nice to Natavia.”
Julia Lowery said her niece grew up in New York, graduated from a
college in the South and “comes from a good Christian family.”
“My niece is not even capable of doing something like that,” Ms. Lowery
said. “When she gets mad, she is not capable of going into a rage.”
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