Cable and network television news outfits say they don’t pay for interviews — they say they don’t buy stories. But then there’s Larry Garrison, a proprietor of what Sheelah Kolhatkar calls “dead-white-girl television.”
Ms. Kolhatkar (a former Observer editrix) profiled Mr. Garrison for The Atlantic this month. He gets paid to bring material Read More
Remember George Pataki?
In today’s Observer, Sheelah Kolhatkar tags along with the governor for his ongoing national audition and reports that he, at least, is taking it seriously.
– Josh Benson
For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, Sheelah Kolhatkar has a piece in this week’s Observer about Jeanine Pirro’s strangely low-profile campaign, her child molester-tick, her popularity on Staten Island and the Plague of Al.
– Josh Benson
Jason Horowitz writes about the proliferation of Mike Bloomberg.
Niall Stanage thinks fueling Bloomberg ’08 will prevent the Mayor from becoming lame.
Sheelah Kolhatkar and Anna Schneider-Mayerson write about Henry Paulson Jr.
Joe Conason digs into the obsession with the Clinton marriage.
Matthew Schuerman reports on Christine Quinn’s Altantic Read More
There’s a growing genre of nonfiction that could be called “lefty paranoia about the evil brilliance of the right,” in which the Republican plan for world domination is exposed and examined from different angles, to gasps of outrage and horror. Steven Poole’s Unspeak is a new entrant in this category—a book with a clever concept Read More
We see the beginnings of a romance between Hillary and Rupert Murdoch.
Also, Conason blows the embargo on the scummy new Hillary bio, and Sheelah Kolhatkar profiles the author.
And we talk to Shelly Silver, and find him back in his shell.
And Matt Schuerman catches up with Doctoroff Read More
Call of the Mall , by Paco Underhill. Simon and Schuster, 227 pages, $24.95.
Someone once said that in order to understand the culture and history of a people, you must “flush the johns.” You might also consider visiting a shopping mall. If you’re retail consultant Paco Underhill (a “tall, bald, stuttering research wonk Read More
Nano-a-mano: Scrappy Coney Island baby builds himself a lap of Lux-ury; but will it be Dot-Com II?
If you ask 25-year-old venture capitalist Josh Wolfe what motivates him, he might pull two tattered photographs of sprawling oceanside McMansions out of his wallet. “By age 35, I’d like to be completely done in terms of my Read More
Grown-up game boy dips into “systems of pleasure and desire.”
How much money is there in Frogger? The Entertainment Software Association puts the value of the industry at $6.9 billion annually, and Eric Zimmerman and his digital design company, gameLab, might just be the industry’s foremost indie game developers. With teaching gigs at N.Y.U., Read More