I'd been invited to cover a competition whereby three comics were going to roast cookbook author and Salman Rushdie's ex, Padma Lakshmi, as if she were curried butternut squash and chickpeas.
My friend and I got there and sat around the foyer waiting for the roasting room to open up, but the public ... More >>
Last week's terrible incident in Aurora, Colorado in which 70 people were shot, 12 fatally, at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises made many of us think about how awful these episodes of senseless violence are, how precious and fragile life is, and that we should stay close and be good to ou ... More >>
The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie is an enthusiastic tweeter. He often prompts his followers to play games like "Literary Smackdowns" (Joan Didion vs. Susan Sontag, for example), and today he started a new one: blasting Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook deactivated Rushdie's page, thinking it ... More >>
The petition to save St. Mark's Bookshop has now reached nearly 44,000 names, and one of the latest celebrity supporters of the store is Salman Rushdie, who recently wrote a letter to Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha urging the school to decrease the bookshop's rent by $5,000 a month, ... More >>
via APToday is Father's Day! Call your Dad and grill something.
Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had a friendly lil' round of golf yesterday with Joe Biden and Ohio Governor John Kasich, and it fixed America. [The Atlantic Wire / Politico]
A Manhattan family died yesterday in a ... More >>
On Saturday in Washington Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Keep Fear Alive. The purpose of the event, which drew more than 200,000 people, was to help Cat Stevens win support for his fatwa against Salman Rushdie.
What, you didn't know that? You must have mis ... More >>
Predictably nasty New York Post film critic Kyle Smith is now apparently telling his readers what else to do on the weekends. Not that he really should, but Smith obviously doesn't give a shit what Post readers are doing on the weekend, because he apparently wrote one entry just to be a cruel ... More >>
We've come a long way from Talk Magazine, back when a bunch of writers doing something new meant a Robert Isbell-planned party on Liberty Island and George Plimpton drunkenly screaming at Salman Rushdie while he was busy trying to close on Padma. Yet, now, in an era when "editorial launch" me ... More >>
Proving that plagiarism doesn't ruin your career (at all) we have the case of Kaavya Viswanathan, the lit wunderkind who scored a reported $500,000 two-book deal while still in high school, had the first of her chick-lit novels published her sophomore year at Harvard, and then got busted for ... More >>
Salman Rushdie is, allegedly, still obsessed with ex-wife, Padma Lakshmi, according to his ex-girlfriend, actress Pia Glenn. She said he could talk about the Top Chef host "day and night."
Mill Basin Kosher Deli is celebrating its 36th year in business with discounts through the en ... More >>
Here's why we thought this was going to be the Season of the Beard, and that excessive tattoos would be banished forever. Were we ever wrong!
Yes, we watch Top Chef obsessively. We can't help it. But we hate ourselves the next morning, and here are the reasons why, in reverse order. ... More >>
One of the things most entertaining slash most infuriating about rappers straying, whether intentionally or otherwise, onto political talk shows is the inability of their hosts and fellow guests to call them by their given names. Hence a smirking Dennis Miller calling Young Jeezy both "Emphysema" ... More >>