The New York Times Gives Journalists a Sleep-It-Off Room

the hangover09 12 15 The New York Times Gives Journalists a Sleep It Off RoomWe suspected that drinking was a time-honored journalistic tradition and now, confirmation: The paper of record has hangover rooms!

A New York Times tipster slipped New York magazine an internal memo about the paper changing rooms designated for doing sensitive interviews into “recovery rooms.”

“Since we moved into the new building in 2007, one enduring complaint is that people have no place to go if they are feeling queasy or unwell and need somewhere quiet in the newsroom to lie down and rest. Good news. This week, we installed two six-foot-long bench couches in the employee “Privacy Rooms” in the northwest and southwest corners of the third floor tower. These are the small rooms with opaque glass doors set up in the original building plan to afford employees a private place to make telephone calls or have conversations.”

And while we’re on the subject, let’s revisit the Vanity Fair hangover cure, from editor in chief Graydon Carter (as told to Tad Friend in his memoir Cheerful Money).

First, coat your stomach before going out with four aspirins dissolved in milk; second, upon awakening in the morning, drink a raw egg in whipped Worcestershire sauce. Third, squeeze a little Visine into your eyes, shave twice, and wear a bow tie, because you feel better when you look natty and people will notice your tie instead of your wan expression.

kstoeffel@observer.com :: @kstoeffel