Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this new weekly feature, our editorial staffers each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More
A couple of weeks back, we wrote about the American Society of Magazine Editors’ choices for their favorite magazine covers of 2011. While some of the design there was fascinating, we’re pretty sure that we’ve already seen our favorite cover of 2012: the cover of next Monday’s New Yorker, which commemorates Barack Obama’s… Read More
On one hand, you’ve got yesterday’s report that for the first time Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark knocked Wicked from its spot as the highest-grossing show on Broadway last week. (Who cares if it was a matter of only $58? $1,588,514 is still greater than $1,588,456.) And on the other, you’ve got this week’s cover of the New Yorker by cartoonist Barry Blitt, which features multiple injured Spider-Men hanging out in a hospital ward. Click through to get a better look. … Read More
1. Game on, Google: Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies have invested $500 million into Facebook in a deal that values the social network at $50 billion — which is more than eBay, Yahoo!, and Time Warner. [via Gawker]
2. Little Fockers took the New Year’s weekend box office, raking in over $26… Read More
All week, the media world has been buzzing over a New Yorker profile of Gawker mogul Nick Denton packed with harsh quotes and anecdotes from his current and former employees, along with no small number of Denton’s own zingers. Strangely, his isn’t the only piece on a controversial journalist to appear this week. The Daily Beast has run a profile on Cathy Horyn, the Times writer it characterizes as “fashion’s most feared critic.”
It’s natural for media types to be fascinated with their own kind, and articles on those who have become especially divisive can generate juicy headlines. (Of course, sometimes they also say more about the personality writing the piece than the one being profiled.) After the jump, we take a look at the Denton and Horyn clips, plus eight more profiles of controversial journalists. … Read More
Remember fact checking? Now that the print media apocalypse has hit, it basically doesn’t exist anymore. And that has resulted in some truly incredible corrections in all journalistic niches. But ever since a certain Sri Lankan rapper met a certain New York Times magazine writer, we’ve had flawed music reporting on the brain. After the jump, check out the six most epic corrections of the past year and remind us of any we missed (due to our lack of staff researchers, no doubt) in the comments. … Read More
The New York Times recently conducted a poll that examined the age-old ritual of reading on the train. (Or as reporter Alexis Mainland enthuses, “Even without a seat, even while pressed with strangers into human panini, even as someone plays a keyboard harmonica and rattles a cup of change, even when stumbling home after a party.” ) Eight thousand readers responded to their question, “What was the last book, magazine and newspaper you read on the subway?” Let’s analyze the results:
The Good: We read New York Magazine (717 readers) as a means of fine-tuning our sophisticated taste for the arts, but when it comes time to commute, we prefer to snuggle up with a copy of The New Yorker (1,928 readers). Are we seduced by the higher word count or the suggestion of intellect? We have one friend who swears it’s easier to tuck in a jacket pocket.
The Bad: We are what we read. We are narcissists. New York must be in the title of your choice publication — you are not welcome into the clubhouse otherwise, not even the sandbox. It’s okay, Oprah, we still love you. … Read More
The Fiction Fix is your weekly dose of *short story. If that’s not your drug of choice, too bad: consider it medicine. Every week, we’ll scour the literary magazines you don’t have time to read, online and in print, and let you know where to find one story worth reading.
We know we’ve used this space to sing the praises of David Foster Wallace before, but this morning thanks to Gawker we stumbled across “Wiggle Room,” an excerpt from his forthcoming posthumous novel which runs alongside a heady profile on the author in this week’s New Yorker.
The latter we’re still trying to parse. We might revisit it after the Diet Coke buzz kicks in. … Read More
“The mice in the control group get the usual bowl of water and are asleep by nine-thirty. Louis and I don’t crash until four, following a spirited argument about free will and half of ‘Norbit’ on Starz.”