At last night’s Dolce Vita-themed Moth Ball, the annual benefit for the New York-based storytelling organization whose events and podcast we highly recommend, the literary luminaries and narrative names were out in force. Hosted by a sore-throated John Turturro and Garrison Keillor (his trademark succulent drawl wholly intact), the festivities featured a competitive East Coast vs. West Coast story showdown judged by a panel that included writers Nathan Englander, Adam Gopnik, and AJ Jacobs and…style/design power couple Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler! We nearly choked on our toothpaste-hued absinthe cocktail.
Right in step with Doonan’s hippie holiday campaign for Barneys, Adler designed the Moth Award statuette—a matte white porcelain hand making a peace sign—that was presented to Salman Rushdie (pictured above), who entertained the crowd with a rousing tale of his 1968 cross-continental journey in a Mini Cooper with an eccentric schoolmate named Ralph (prounced “Rafe”). Another highlight of the evening came when Doonan explained why he and Adler’s gave a score of 8 out of 10 points to East Coast storyteller Jim O’Grady‘s tale of the PieMan, a mysterious caped student known for hurling cream pies at Fordham University officials circa 1980. Why the high score? Said Doonan, “Capes are very important.”
Want to pretend that you’re Salman Rushdie—or just fancy his Moth Award? No need to write a dozen works of magical realism or wrangle with a pesky fatwa. Just pick up Adler’s new peace hand objet d’art, now on sale for $225 at Jonathan Adler stores or online.