If you’ve never had a winning submission to The New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest, you’re in good company. It took Roger Ebert 107 tries before coming up with a winning line, while other famous people such as Maureen Dowd, Michael Bloomberg, and Zach Read More
Archbishop Dolan had had it—he took to his blog.
“Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America—not in China or North Korea. In those countries, government presumes daily to ‘redefine’ rights, relationships, values, and natural law. There, communiqués from the government can dictate the size of families, who lives and who dies, and what the very definition of ‘family’ and ‘marriage’ means.”
The head of the nation’s second-largest Catholic archdiocese and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a man 60 Minutes had declared “The American Pope” only months before, felt himself staring into the abyss. And the abyss seemed to be staring back: New York was on the eve of voting in gay rights—at the urging of a Catholic governor, no less!—and his months of trying to stop it had come to naught. So he did what a lot of us do and vented on the Internet, seemingly resigned but combative nonetheless.
It was 9:26 a.m. on June 14—10 days, it turned out, before gay marriage would pass. Read More
Earlier this month, The Atlantic shocked many by announcing that, for the first time in decades, they had made some money on an actual smart-person magazine. To what strategy did it owe this windfall of profit, which totaled a respectable $1.8 million? Why, the Internet, apparently! In 2010 digital advertising for The Atlantic jumped Read More
There’s not a single person in New York who would defend food in Washington, D.C. — or any city, for that matter — against food in our town. But this collection of disses that The New York Times has levied at D.C.’s glaring inferiority in all epicurean categories may indicate that the paper of record Read More
The public skirmish between Sarah Palin and Gawker still has plenty of time before it’s cleared up – and it might be a bigger thorn in Nick Denton’s side than expected.
In an effort to raise money for the Global Poverty Project, Rupert Murdoch thought it would be nice to auction off a few of the sought-after chairs at his lunch table. The winner of the prize would have a chance to wow the billionaire with his or her ideas, and hopefully gain favor with the Read More
Gawker Media overlord Nick Denton sent a memo to staff this morning announcing that the sites in his dominion drew in 9.1 million people this past week, putting it ahead of The Huffington Post. Here’s the memo in full, courtesy Romenesko.
From: Nick Denton
Subject: We overtook Huffpo (temporarily)
Date: Thursday, Read More
Last July, when The New York Times published Cathy Horyn’s profile of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi — star of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” — the piece’s unsympathetic depiction of her blunt joie de vivre and perceived lack of classic book smarts launched a firestorm of criticism and uproar. Apparently, the innocent Snooki had been wronged.
Hortense Smith at Read More
The thrust behind Bloomberg LP has always been the premium it puts on carting a wealth of indispensable services to its Wall Street subscribers. Now, the news service will be taking its New York-honed talents to The Hill with Bloomberg Government, The New York Times reports. It’s an ambitious attempt to infiltrate the Read More
There’s a Nick Denton profile on newsstands today. It’s short on new revelations into the Gawker Media overlord’s life and psyche, but there is one surprising tidbit: the story isn’t in The New Yorker, it’s in New York magazine.
Whispers of New Yorker staff writer Ben McGrath’s forthcoming exploration Read More