By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/19 5:20pm
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are actors on House of Cards, that Netflix original show about politicians and power that you are only two episodes away from finally finishing so you can get on with your life (or maybe you even managed to finish by the unofficial Monday morning deadline, in which case, congrats!).
Actors play characters. It’s, you know, what they do. They act. But since Mr. Spacey and Ms. Wright act like politicians on a show about politics, they are asked questions about political corruption.
Because they did research. Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/19 2:15pm
Turns out, there is a whole big universe out there, although that simple, staggering fact can be easy to forget when you are caught up in the minuscule New York media whirl.
We were reminded of that when our monthly copy of Astronomy magazine arrived once again, standing out alongside the usual February mix of spring fashion and Oscar talk. Much like human life itself, it seems Off the Record is not alone in receiving a monthly dose of the cosmos, as we discovered while chatting with other reporters on the self-obsessed media beat. Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/19 12:45pm
Writer Katie J.M. Baker is going to BuzzFeed, where she covers criminal justice and legal/social issues in higher education, according to an email that BuzzFeed’s news editor Lisa Tozzi sent to staff this morning.
Ms. Baker has been a reporter at Newsweek since the fall. Before that, she worked at Jezebel. Read More
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By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/18 2:30pm
Vanity Fair posted an expanded letter from editor in chief Graydon Carter about “the whole Vanity Fair-Gwyneth Paltrow brouhaha” today. In it, Mr. Carter explained, in expanded detail, how the whole thing came to be.
Like many editorial meetings, Vanity Fair‘s devolved into an open forum on How Women Feel about Ms. Paltrow. The female staff was divided between those who thought Ms. Paltrow had nice legs and good lifestyle advice and those who are annoyed by her nice legs and lifestyle advice. The male staff, of course, just thought she had nice legs. Read More
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