Tale of Two Cars
Around the town
Despite repeatedly promising this morning that he’d take questions about the controversy surrounding his caravan breaking multiple traffic laws, Mayor Bill de Blasio shut down questions on the topic at an unrelated press conference this evening.
Before walking away as reporters shouted questions at him, Mr. de Blasio read a brief statement referring to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s earlier comments defending the conduct of the mayor’s security detail.
What the Frack?
“In an era when media basically doesn’t make money, the only businessman who would go into it would be some kind of egomaniac, like me. [laughs] If I were truly into the money, I’d be in waste disposal or something like that.” Here’s Nick Denton’s Playboy interview. Have fun. (Playboy on Kinja)
Op-Eds with James Franco
There was something kind of familiar about a recent USA Today article on the impact of the Texas oil boom on a small Texas town. At least, Bryan Mealer, a writer who wrote a lengthy story for Texas Monthly last November about the impact of the Texas oil boom on a small town thought so.
As Seen on TV
You would think that the clash between two famed Hollywood dilettantes like James Franco and Shia LaBeouf would be inevitable. After all, Mr. Franco got into his weird art phase around the same time he started collaborating with Marina Abramovic, whom Mr. LaBeouf has clearly ripped off in his new “viral” performance #IAmSorry. (Just remove his bag head, and you basically have The Artist is Present, though Ms. Abramovic has called Mr. LaBeouf’s work “manipulative.”)
But instead of lashing out at what seems like just another form of LaBeouferism, Mr. Franco took to the op-ed pages of The New York Times to defend the star.
House of Cards
Step aside Barack Obama, there’s a new “Republican Enemy No. 1″ in town–at least according to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
The All In host yesterday gave Bill de Blasio the new title, which was prominently affixed on an image of the Democratic mayor and was displayed beneath him as he spoke during an interview. Later, the text beneath Mr. de Blasio declared: “PROGRESS, NY.”
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.
off the record
Vice.com’s revealing interview with Bret Easton Ellis may have been a little TL;DR for a Tuesday afternoon, but looking at it this morning with fresh eyes? Holy moly, is this ever a goldmine. Yeezus is going to be a movie, maybe? Wait, hold on, let’s save it for the list.
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.
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.
In April 2012, Jen Doll wrote a post for The Hairpin titled “All the Weddings I Have Ever Been to, as I Remember Them,” which sums things up tidily. At the time, she had witnessed 17 nuptials, by her count, but it’s a safe bet that the number is much larger now.