If you think chefs are going too far with their rigid tasting menus and impossible reservation systems, you'll love Corby Kummer's description in February's Vanity Fair of ambitious young chefs as "an army of fresh-faced Stalins" torturing us with their too-long, expensive tasting menus. I've endur ... More >>
Consider this literary sex scene: "A spaceship crashes with two midgets that get split up. The blonde one walks around until she finds a farm where she rests and masturbates." In reality, that quote is literary only in that somebody went to the trouble of writing it down--it's actually an excerpt ... More >>
In the shadow of his brothers' Tea Party fame, Bill Koch seems almost like a normal billionaire.
An opinion column in today's New York Observer titled "Murdoch and His Critics" calls the UK phone hacking scandal "deplorable" right away, but spends the remaining nine paragraphs defending News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch, who happens to be a close personal friend of Observer publisher J ... More >>
Jeff Stryker is one of the all-time great gay porn stars, but that doesn't always help you cross over into things like nude spreads in Playgirl. In this heartfelt letter I've somehow gotten ahold of, Jeff (aka Charles Peyton) tells Playgirl's Daniel Nardicio why he's a viable candidate despi ... More >>
Yesterday the New York Times announced that Bill Keller will step down as the executive editor and be replaced by managing editor Jill Abramson, while Keller will focus on just writing. Keller seems to have started this transition when he took on a column in the redesigned New York Times Maga ... More >>
Tim Hetherington, the director and producer behind the Academy Award-nominated film Restrepo about his time spent as a journalist in Afghanistan, was killed on Wednesday in Misurata, Libya, while working as a photographer during the conflict. Chris Hondros and Guy Martin, also journalists, we ... More >>
It's been just under two weeks since Rupert Murdoch and Apple announced the debut issue of their iPad newspaper The Daily at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. "In this exciting new era, we believe The Daily will be the model for how stories are told and consumed," said Murdoch, the News ... More >>
David Auburn tries revamping a century-old American play for the Atlantic Theater
SF Eater92Y didn't allow photos last night, so here's an old one of the gruesome twosome in San Francisco.At this point in their respective careers, Anthony Bourdain and David Chang can do their brotherly cynics act in their sleep. So their appearance at the 92Y last night, where they took to ... More >>
So Vanity Fair has tracked down the modeling portfolio of Ann Kirsten Kennis, a/k/a the lady suing Vampire Weekend for slapping her picture on the cover of Contra. She's got a lot of range and seems to favor the vaguely upper-class milieu that so fascinates the band; lots of possibilities her ... More >>
Condé Nast is turning some of its best-known magazine names into restaurants in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Can a Vanity Fair Café here on U.S. soil be far behind? [Wall Street Journal] The recent closure of a Key Food in Flushing has led residents to ask a new Asian market i ... More >>
While we wait for our expert analyst to weight in on today's Jersey Shore-opened New York Stock Exchange (thus presenting us with the riveting conclusion to today's economic mystery: The Guido Effect on The American Economy), it might be worth revisiting some of the most incredible tidbits fr ... More >>
Cast out of Jay-Z's kingdom, a notorious hip-hop mogul takes a kinder, gentler, hipper approach to reinvention
Yesterday, much to this blogger's shock, a Twitter account claiming to be much-revered former New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan made its presence known to me. This is funny, because I've closely followed two other iterations of Kaplan on Twitter, @CrankyKaplan and @WiseKaplan since early Marc ... More >>
The latest Newsweek cover story thesis is a broad, if not altogether unprovable one, but if we've learned anything from the Political Playbook of Sarah Palin, it's that the image is what's important. "To white evangelical women, Sarah Palin is a modern-day prophet, preaching God, flag, and fa ... More >>
Earlier today, an interview with media critic Michael Wolff went up on The Guardian, in which Wolff essentially told an interviewer that News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has taken steps to exercise a personal vendetta against him after the 2008 release of his book about Murdoch, The Man Who ... More >>
Michael Wolff will aggregate Sharon Waxman's smile. Sharon Waxman wants to mace Michael Wolff's face.In this week's Monday BlogBeat, Hollywood blogger Sharon Waxman goes to war with Vanity Fair columnist and Newser entrepreneur Michael Wolff over getting her content stolen; a disgraced New Yo ... More >>
The biggest aha moment regarding the Wall Street Journal's recent piece on girly men seems to have thus far focused on a portion of Arthur Sulzberger's ear and whether that snippet of ear was intended as a personal attack by Rupert Murdoch upon Sulzberger, as discussed by Michael Wolff in Van ... More >>
Last week, a war of words broke out between two fairly notable New York media presences. It was started after an editor was fired last week, the news of which we broke here. And we thought we'd try to end it here, too, by speaking with both about the spat.
Fortunately, lots of people—well, gay people—still care about Broadway.
Classic aspirations—and contemporary shortfalls
The Walkmen triumph, the pretty people gawk at Tom Wolfe, and no one goes to rehab
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In two new compact volumes, Edmund Wilson still looms large
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Brazil's kidnapping epidemic spawns its own supply-and-demand economy
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A trip to the Hamptons to ogle celebrities, horses, glam metalheads, and Nacho
Where everyone from Parker Posey to Miss Guy played during the holidays
The Journalists Who Would Be CEO
Secondhand Conceptualism at the Whitney
Ten Questions the Media Can't Answer
Are Max and Abe Still Spinning?
On Divas Live '99, the bewigged trio of Cher, Elton John, and Tina Turner rocked on Elton's theme song, 'Proud Mary.'
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