New York Times

Today’s Internet Infinite Regress: Profiling the ‘NYT’ Profile of The Fat Jew

Slowly, The Fat Jew seems to be engulfing the media. While it may sound quite loaded, that statement is neither an antisemitic nor a fat-phobic remark generalizing on the prevalence of Jews in media who avoid the gym (such as myself.) Rather, it’s an introduction to web-(semi)-celeb comedian Josh Ostrovsky, AKA Fabrizio Goldstein, AKA @thefatjewish, AKA Fat Jew, who, as tells the New York Times in their just-published profile, “would prefer that you not call him a fat Jew… but hope[s] millions more people will soon come to know him as ‘The Fat Jew.'” The emphasis on “The” indicates that this is a man – who, like most rising, er, artistes – wants to be notorious. … Read More

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Is Lena Dunham Really the Millennial Woody Allen?

Lena Dunham has a book out very, very soon, and you know what that means: it’s time for cover stories and blog posts and an entire cultural conversation about the auteur of an HBO comedy series, so let’s strap in. First out of the gate is the New York Times, with a cover story entitled “Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing,” which has prompted a bit of hand-wringing around the ol’ Twittersphere — not because of its generally Dunham-positive tone, or for any particularly reward-worthy photos, but because profile writer Meghan Daum had the audacity to (frequently!) compare Ms. Dunham to Woody Allen, and how dare she. … Read More

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Jill Abramson Speaks: “Am I Going To Get My New York Times Tattoo Removed? Not a Chance!”

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke publicly this morning for the first time since her dismissal from the paper, giving the commencement speech for Wake Forest’s class of 2014. Understandably, there was plenty of interest in what she might have to say, and her speech didn’t shy away from the events of the past week. … Read More

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New York City Nightlife Writing That Sounds Suspiciously Like Stefon

Werewolves that we are, our carnality waxes with the waning of daylight. Banal daytime pleasures — designing a salad on lunch break with a naughty candied nut, going full-out brevé with a cappuccino, sessions of clandestine in-office farting — give way to superior rewards: laughing, loving, fighting, fucking, crying, drinking, kissing. In urban centers, our quest for these forms of nighttime gratification are institutionalized and monetized by things we call “bars” and “clubs,” each providing its own bible of ritualistic flourishes to enable all aforementioned gerunds. … Read More

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How Disastrous Is the FCC’s Threat to Net Neutrality? Incensed Experts Explain

Though I risk journalistic suicide in sounding like the opening of a Carrie Bradshaw column, I’ll take a moment to compare the Internet to our ideal of New York City: mega-sites backed by billions of dollars and impoverished personal blogs coexist in the same overstuffed cesspool of ideas, beholden to the same, often frustrating, means of transportation to your screen/mind: the telecom companies. And just as New York City’s glorious socioeconomic clusterfuck is caving under capitalism’s current state of ridiculous — and just as finding a space to exist here has started to seem like a dirty game of bribing and moral concession — the Internet may likewise be closing its doors to those who don’t have the means to participate in the parade of desperation. … Read More

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It’s Time to Kill the Poptimism vs. Rockism Debate

It’s a rule of thumb that you can tell a debate has become really tired when it reaches the pages of the New York Times. So it goes with the rockism vs. poptimism discussion, which has been burbling in critical circles for the best part of a decade, but has finally reached the mainstream in the wake of Ted Gioia’s piece in the Daily Beast about the state of music criticism. … Read More

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Why We Need So Many Indie Films

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2013’s Worst Writing About Millennials

2013’s been a solid year for some lucky teens and 20-somethings: Lorde, One Direction, and Miley Cyrus topped the international pop charts; Jennifer Lawrence charmed the pants off of anyone with eyeballs; Lena Dunham scored a multimillion-dollar book deal. The rest of us, however, weren’t so lucky. The past 12 months saw more ill-founded, hysterical, condescending, and generally awful writing than ever about what so-called “millennials” are up to and why it’s ruining the country. Here are the lowlights of this year’s… Read More

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