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The pop philosopher and self-help author Alain de Botton has taken on an impressively wide array of subjects, such as love, sex, travel, happiness and religion. In his latest work, Mr. de Botton puts on his press critic fedora and turns his attention to something more concrete: the media. Read More
There is something romantic about the chug-a-chug sound and long swath of time watching the scenery go by that makes writers yearn for a sleeping car of one’s own, laptop in hand.
Maybe it’s because it harkens back to a simpler time, before social media and blog posts, when train travel was a glamorous way to see the country, a time when a train entering a tunnel served as a handy euphemism for consummating a marriage. Read More
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
Last Thursday, Off the Record found itself in a nondescript room in Tribeca with a copy of Thursday’s New York Times in our lap, dissecting the paper of record from a feminist perspective.
“Taking something so popular is really our jumping-off point to get at what feminism means today,” said Jen Kennedy, a Canadian writer Read More
New York is looking less crazy all the time.
We had a mayoral candidate who sexted? Twice? Toronto’s mayor smokes crack and is still in office. Mayor Bill de Blasio eats pizza with a knife and fork? So what? Mayor Rob Ford assured the public on camera that he never told a staffer he wanted to “eat her pussy,” because “he has more than enough to eat at home.”
But New York still has the liveliest book parties. Read More
Last week, the Daily News’ gossip page took a break from covering Justin Bieber to report on something less flashy but more pertinent to our interests: A top City Hall reporter, Capital’s Sally Goldenberg, is dating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary, Phil Walzak. The couple started dating on the campaign trail and have since become a serious item, said the tabloid. Read More
You don’t want to make Jerry Seinfeld angry, as Peter Lauria, business editor at Buzzfeed, found out during a snowy Monday night conversation with the comedy guru. Held in conjunction with CBS’s This Morning, BuzzFeed Brews, a live-streamed event, revealed what some of us Jerry-heads have known for awhile: We won’t like him when he’s angry.
“This really pisses me off,” Mr. Seinfeld said, after snarling at Mr. Lauria for questioning his use of mainly “white males” in his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. “Take a look over here, Peter,” he bristled. “What do you see? A lot of whiteys.” Read More
The publication of The Loudest Voice in the Room, Gabriel Sherman’s unauthorized biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes, was always going to be controversial.
But in just a week, the media hoopla surrounding its release has surpassed any book in recent memory. Read More
Way back in the more innocent days of 2009, when blogs like Gawker still obsessed over the foibles of media world folk, New York Times freelancer Mike Albo became an Internet sensation when he went on a press junket to Jamaica and was subsequently cut from the paper of record, where he had a regular gig as as the Critical Shopper columnist. Read More