The first in a series of what will surely become a regular feature. Ladies and gentlemen, a peek inside office life with Mr. Tom Scocca, the New York Observer‘s Off The Record columnist. At right: Mr. Scocca’s desk, in a photograph taken just now, while he was in a meeting.
MediaTom: Did you read Thursday Styles?
TheTransom: Ooo, I forgot! So exciting! I love Thursdays!
MediaTom: So far there are two amazing things, of which I’ve read only one. The one I haven’t read yet is “She’s So Cool, So Smart, So Beautiful: Must Be A Girl Crush.”
MediaTom: (Coming soon: Out for Drinks With Two Buddies: The Asexual Menage A Trois.)
TheTransom: Totally. Hot.
MediaTom: ANY INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO OR MORE PEOPLE RESEMBLES ANY SEXUAL INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO OR MORE PEOPLE ONLY WITHOUT THE SEX PART.
TheTransom: My God. It’s endless. Apparently ‘man dates’ was just a warning shot.
MediaTom: The one story that I did read was: The Lamb on the Runway: Will customers still love astrakhan when they learn where this fur comes from?
MediaTom: Because, see, it comes from NEWBORN — OR EVEN UNBORN — LAMBS!
MediaTom: UNBORN BABY LAMBS!!!!!!!!
MediaTom: And they run around failing to find any outrage over this.
TheTransom: That is truly awesome.
MediaTom: Maybe people will become outraged if they learn. Because they seem to be confusing PETA with Operation Rescue.
TheTransom: Does PETA still exist? Is it just Pam Anderson and her assistant now?
MediaTom: Check it out: “That’s just a little too much,” said the designer Carmen Marc Valvo, explaining why he draws the line at using fetal lambs, although he has designed a $10,000 riding coat for Saks made of swakara, a trade name for karakul farmed in Namibia. “I have no problem working with furs,” he said, “but the furs we use are baby lambs that are also raised for food. It’s not like the indiscriminate killing of animals.”
MediaTom: Mr. Valvo’s recognition of a moral distinction between types of astrakhan is atypical in the fashion industry. Most designers working with the fur expressed no compunction about using the skins of unborn lambs or those a few days old, if indeed they understand the fur’s exact origins.
MediaTom: WHAT THE FUCK?