Annals of the Zeitgeist
Fifty Shades of Grey—the S&M publishing phenomenon fueled by discreet e-book sales—is having a slow motion moment in The New York Times.
First, in the Business section, Julie Bosman wrote about the word-of-mouth buzz that caused a bidding war among publishing houses for the erotic novel’s re-release, which ended with highbrow Knopf shelling out Read More
Vanity Fair examines the risks inherent in taking on a “baby agent”–that is, one in the early twenties. They’re better, though, than “in utero agents” in their teens; those little jerks just roll your eyes when you try to get them to do anything!
Scott Rudin has won the so-called “EGOT,” a Read More
Russian Dolls is a new reality series on Lifetime about the habits and lifestyles of women of Russian extraction in Brighton Beach. Alessandra Stanley is an acid-tongued New York Times critic who wants to show you that she was paying attention in sophomore-year European history (or, maybe, Read More
Whether they think Sarah Palin or Joe Biden "won" last night’s vice presidential debate, pundits and critics are in agreement about one thing: Governor Palin’s wink was really important.
As Governor Palin told ABC News’ Charlie Gibson, "You can’t blink."
But she sure can wink.
Here are some takes on the gesture that launched Read More
Well, that was fast.
Yesterday, Portfolio‘s Jeff Bercovici honored New York Times TV Watch columnist Alessandra Stanley on 103 correction-free days. At the time, Ms. Stanley warned Mr. Bercovici that there might a correction on the horizon telling him, "I’d hate to stand corrected, but I think your count could prove wrong… There could Read More
Does Hallmark make a "Happy 103rd Consecutive Day Without Corrections" card? Maybe there’s some sort of TDF "Fact-Check-Me-Up" bouquet?
There’s gotta be some way to honor New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley this week. As Portfolio‘s Jeff Bercovici notes, Ms. Stanley, who has been the butt of many pop culture bloggers’ jokes for Read More
“Hello? I’m looking for Margie Beck. Do you have any idea where I might find her?”
It was Sunday night, less than 24 hours to go before my book party, and I was desperately trying to get in touch with a woman I’d heard about who ran a celebrity look-alike agency in Manhattan. It was Read More