Friday, September 15, 2017

Collector Linda Fairstein looks crime in the face and smiles

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Show Us Your Walls
By Kathryn Shattuck
Linda Fairstein, the former sex-crimes prosecutor turned crime novelist, with mug shots of early 20th-century Westchester County criminals. Credit Stephanie Diani for The New York Times
NEW YORK---Each morning Linda Fairstein, the former sex-crimes prosecutor turned crime novelist, glances at the mug shots of early 20th-century Westchester County criminals lurking in her bathroom and grins. “I bought a collection of 100 at auction in 2012,” she said of the motley crew. “I always get myself a Christmas present so I’m not disappointed.” Ms. Fairstein has lived for less than two years in the Upper East Side duplex penthouse she shares with her second husband, Michael Goldberg, whom she met in 1969 on her first day at the University of Virginia law school and married in 2014. Read what you will into their living room, punctuated on one end by “Hurricane III,” an immense Clifford Ross photograph of churning waves, and on the other by a pair of dour ancestral portraits with white slashes across their mouths. [More]