Since 1980, Kurt Thometz has created collections for what sounds like the entire 10021,
including Diana Vreeland, Calvin Klein, Mrs. Vincent Astor (generations’ worth of the Astors’
books had never been catalogued), the Lauder family, Steven Ross, Felix Rohatyn,
S.I. Newhouse, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Leslie Wexner of Victoria’s Secret and
Diane von Furstenberg. He credits his friend Vreeland, whom he describes as a much more
literate and erudite bibliophile than one might have guessed, with starting him on this career
as librarian to the zillionaires.
He skipped college in transit: "My education was on 4th Avenue." He also made some notable
downtown friends like Fran Lebowitz, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He would go on
to organize sections of the Strand and work as a salesman and book scout at the ritzy uptown
Madison Avenue Bookshop for 17 years."I was making it all up on the spot," he admits, noting
that he never studied library science. He simply organized these collections in ways that made
the best sense to him. "I’m German," he explains. "I make order, damn it."
He was also one of the country’s earliest and preeminent bibliographers of African-American
and African literature.
Now that's a cool gig.
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Friday, March 20, 2009
JOB IDEA FOR OUT OF WORK ENGLISH TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, LOVERS OF BOOKS
Private Librarian Services