Did some of the details of General David Petraeus’ alleged affair ring a bell? Maybe that’s because it is awfully reminiscent of a certain conundrum presented in The New York Times Magazine‘s Ethicist column last July.
“My wife is having an affair with a government executive,” began a letter to The Ethicist aka writer Chuck Kolsterman. “His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.)” Sure, sounds similar. But is it? Speculation on the identity of the beleaguered husband began after the letter to the Ethicist was shared on Twitter in the aftermath of the news of the affair.
Hugo Lindgren set Twitter speculating about who would be The New York Times Magazine‘s new Ethicist today when he teased, “It’s a little scary when The Ethicist starts following you.” But only briefly.
A new Ethicist Twitter account (@nytethicist) has been formed, Longform founder Max Linsky quickly pointed out, and it follows two people: the Times mag and Mr. Lindgren. Its bio is quite revealing: “I write the Ethicist column for @NYTmag and also tweet as @CKlosterman.”
ESPN’s star columnist Bill Simmons is launching his own site, reports AllThingsD. The as of yet unnamed blog will be owned by ESPN, but not ESPN branded. The coverage will be 70% sports and 30% pop culture, or, as his site designer described it, “sports/literary.” And he’s staffing it accordingly.
According to Twitter, the Read More
By the time Chinese Democracy actually comes out, we’ll be sick of all this insanity. But for the moment, we’re pretty flabbergasted that we can simply head to MySpace—a little invention that saw daylight ten long years after Gun N’ Roses’ last record—and hear the entire album for free. All of Chinese Democracy, not Read More
Yesterday on Salon, Sarah Hepola profiled writer Chuck Klosterman for the release of his first novel, Downtown Owl.
After hashing out Mr. Klosterman’s rise from obscurity to admired and derided cultural critic, Ms. Hepola writes:
But Chuck Klosterman seems to be getting a little sick of Chuck Klosterman. Even his most Read More
Looks like Esquire has finally forgiven Dave Eggers.
In 2001, writing in The New York Times ‘Style’ section, Anna Holmes offered a rundown of words and phrases banned by various publications. Among the offerings:
David Granger, the editor in chief of Esquire
, forbids ”Dubya,” ”at risk” and ”Eggers,” the last because he had a Read More
Magazine-style magazine writer Chuck Klosterman weighs in on the much-discussed topic of Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas in the upcoming issue of New York Times sports magazine Play. Klosterman’s exposure to the usually outgoing and voluble Arenas seems to have consisted of watching one game, holding a one-question interview in person, Read More
In today’s New York Post, Michael Kane writes about a religious movement even stranger than Scientology: The Cult of The Klosterman.
Like this summer’s other much covered alternative religion, The Cult of The Klosterman has a writer and self-styled expert on everything at its core: SPIN editor and Esquire columnist Chuck Read More