This afternoon in an “Ask the Author Live” chat on The New Yorker‘s website, staff writer Malcolm Gladwell had a pleasant back-and-forth with readers about his recent column. They were asking him questions about Twitter and its limitations, and he was elaborating on his ideas, sometimes with the help of emoticons.
Mr. Read More
Elvis Costello imitates Bret Easton Ellis in Rolling Stone:
I walked into a bar, Bret was standing there. He looked disinterested. I took some more cocaine. He didn’t look any better. I had another vodka. The vodka didn’t make me feel any happier, so I switched on MTV. I wanted to fuck Blaine, but Blaine Read More
Today: The Times Book Review gets its hands on Super Sad True Love Story. According to Michael Wood, “The sheer exhilaration of the writing in this book … is itself a sort of answer to the flattened-out horrors of the world it depicts.”
Previously this summer:
- Michiko Kakutani Read More
As the Eat, Pray, Love movie approaches, female writers (memoir writers especially) get to take a break from swatting down Sex and the City comparisons and turn their wary gaze to Elizabeth Gilbert. Are self-deprecating personal growth stories necessarily a good thing? Is Gilbert the Read More
The full trailer for The Social Network is now up on YouTube.
1. Choral rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep”: Displeasing.
2. All that footage of clicking and typing puts us in mind of the Google Super Bowl ad, and makes us feel briefly that we are watching an bittersweet advertisement for Read More
Maybe Gawker will give you a huge public platform to air your grievances.
At least, that’s what they did for Wall Street Journal reporter Katherine Rosman, whose memoir is about to get a bad review in The Times. Or, part of a bad review—it gets 212 words in a multiple-book Read More
After broadcasting the first episode of Meet the Press from its new HD studio in the NBC News Washington, D.C. bureau, David Gregory spoke to his staff, champagne flute in hand.
The host began to cry in the middle of his remarks, while discussing the milestone.
“This is a big moment for me, Read More
This afternoon Apple announced a bunch of new iPhone features for devotees to obsess over–multitasking, iBooks, etc., etc., etc.
Probably the most noteworthy part was the new mobile-ad platform, called (yes) iAd. Steve Jobs said:
You know the ads on the web – they’re eye catching and interactive, but Read More