David Noh is a writer living in Manhattan, who toils for what that good writer Ethan Mordden once described as publications “with occult circulation.” Originally from Honolulu, another sexy, overcrowded isle, on his first teenaged visit to New York, he went to the Museum of Modern Art where programmers Charles Silver and Stephen Harvey screened Leo McCarey’s THE AWFUL TRUTH for him.

He was never the same again.



Monday, January 14, 2008, 9:31:54 PM | nohwayGo to full article
It’s a brand new year, a brand new President, hopefully a brand new America and – yes – a brand new blog. We need another one like the return of smallpox, I know, but I promise you that this one will be unique, bringing fresh insight and singular good taste, as well as an always distinctive coverage of my world, as I perceive it. I hope to debunk the overrated, celebrate the worthwhile (which so often gets passed over in this age of never-ending hype and clonelike critical mentality) and clue my readers in to everything that enriches and absolutely nothing which either bores or insults. 

This blog can also be viewed as a consumer guide. With movie prices edging towards $20 and Broadway tickets well over $100 for even semi-decent seats, and let’s not even discuss opera prices, in this economy especially, getting culturally ripped off is a clear and ever-present danger and I hope I will be able to guide you into the light instead of the darkness. And, glory be, in metropolises everywhere – even Manhattan – there are actually free and quite wonderful things to do, to which I hope to alert my readers. Elitism be damned will be a constant theme here.

Gossip? Certainly! Who am I to deny a tradition most artfully practiced by Marcel Proust, even if the Hoppers, Parsons and Hiltons who came after him blab in a slightly less elevated fashion? One thing is certain, however: No Phoney Filth Spilt Here.

Besides verbal interest, there will much to discover visually as well, although this shall never take precedence over the written word, as has insidiously, detrimentally happened all over the mainstream media. I am in possession of one of the world’s largest private archives of photographs dating back to their invention and these I am more than happy to share.  

MERCH ALERT! I am also selling many fabulous photos from my collection on Ebay under my seller name:  den7.

Welcome to my world, one in which the standards of elegance, wit and heart are upheld and anything shoddy is strictly de trops…in other words,


  1. You might just want to check the first entry on your blog when you claim to have started it in January 2008. I suspect you mean 2009. Don’t worry, just a typical mistake made every January by people unless you were still (January 14th) getting over your alcoholic excesses of New Year’s Eve?

  2. Hi, David! Good to hear from you — I’ve missed you, dear!!!!! I just self-published my first book in December. Did you get the flier??? If not I’ll send you one!!

    Gotta go — take care and keep in touch!!!

    Your ‘ole pal,
    Gina L.

  3. hey david…it looks like yours is going to be the one to actually read! good show!

  4. Hey David … Loving the blog!

    Bruce & Scott in New Orleans

    P.S. Did you see Rex Reed’s merciless review of Betty Buckley’s Feinstein’s show in the NY Observer. Oooooo, that is a “must read” from the old Attack Queen!

  5. Aloha David! Just wanted to say hey from a fellow Honoluluan living in New York. I really enjoy your site and wanted to ask your advice about one I’m building. Is there a way to contact you directly?



  7. David, Love your blog and will return to read more! Great pics and comments! Great coverage of WSS. Please ask Matt to tour in L.A.! I was in touch with Ethan Mordden years ago. Now, my book club is doing BUDDIES, and we’d like to e-mail him some questions. Would you please give me his contact info. Thx!!

  8. Instant fan! Pleasure meeting you in L.A. LA land this weekend with Sarah…

  9. david, can you shoot me an e-mail. i want to ask a question privately. love your work.


  10. Mr. Noh,

    I came here looking for information, and a good picture, of some of Rudi Gernreich’s work. I found the picture that I was looking for – and more.

    Your words – I enjoy reading your words; your craft and how you say what you have to say. You have a talent with English Mr. Noh and I look forward to seeing more of your writing whenever I visit this blog.

    Take care,

  11. David,

    Miss you! Love the blog! Just found it whilst looking for you. Directing again…opera…again… ;~) Let’s get together.


  12. I stumbled on to this site when i was trying to organize my bookmarks and read about 5% of an incredibly long page- it was apparent i would need to quit my job to follow your incisive musings but what’s life without sacrifice. I particularly liked your analysis of the tom ford film which i knew would be exactly as you described.

    Keep up the good fight.

  13. Noh Way is a great title for this blog because this guy is an embarrassment to writers! I’m sorry but this all sounds like a drunken bitch session rather than any form of journalism. Do us a favor David and stick to surfing.

    • thanks for the hate, Bowen’s Cinematic/Fine Film Evaluation, indeed…laughable, really, if it wasn’t so yawn-inducing

  14. As they say, “Noh Way, Jose!” and “Noh Pain, Noh Gain.”

    From SoundEagle, Happy New Year to you, David, especially since I am the first to comment here in 2013 and also since June 2012!

    May you have a new dawn and an even better beginning in 2013 in in Manhattan, New York and beyond! I would like to wish all of you a fine year in 2013, happiness and good contacts within a world in less turmoil and unsustainability if possible. May the new year bring you and your family plenty of love, happiness, good health, peace and harmony!

    SoundEagle hopes that you continue to do very well and find fulfillment in whatever you enjoy doing and savouring, especially through being the commendable ambassador championing the best of high-brow, middle-brow and low-brow arts, tastes and cultures with clarion words, piquant anecdotes, witty comments and outstanding photos.


  15. Good morning David
    What’s the best way to reach you?

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