Last week, newly appointed public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote about what she now calls “the insulting and profane Twitter messages” that Times freelancer Andrew Goldman tweeted at author Jennifer Weiner. Ms. Sullivan ended the post by calling for a clear social media policy at the paper of record.
Looks like they are now clearing it up. It is actually fairly simple: don’t be a jerk to readers.
Bestselling novelist Jennifer Weiner started a Twitter fight with New York Times writer Andrew Goldman after she read his “Talk” feature in the Sunday magazine. Mr. Goldman asked actress Tippi Hedren, the star of The Birds and the subject of a new HBO movie about her relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, if she had ever been tempted to help her career along by having sex with directors. Ms. Weiner tweeted “Saturday am. Iced coffee. NYT mag. See which actress Andrew Goldman has accused of sleeping her way to the top. #traditionsicoulddowithout.”
Jennifer Weiner, the bestselling author of Good in Bed who coined the term “
The streets of Williamsburg saw an unusual uptick in sensible high heels last Tuesday evening, when a couple hundred journalists, writers and editors dressed in summer office casual filed out of the Bedford Avenue station and into the muggy front room of Public Assembly, forming a line out the door. They were there to attend a story-pitching clinic for female journalists, titled, somewhat preciously, “Throw Like a Girl.”
Once inside, they stood shoulder-to-shoulder, sipping beers, while New York Times reporter Amy O’Leary asked a panel of editors and writers to talk about moxie.
Why was it, Ms. O’Leary wondered, that as a young freelancer she had spent months refining every pitch while her male peers tossed off story proposals from every statistic or idea they encountered?
Slate’s “Double X” decided to address the question recently raised by female authors of commercial fiction: does the New York Times Book Review give an excess of coverage to white, male writers? According to Slate’s calculations, the answer to that question in recent years is clearly “yes”:
We compared men to Read More
Authors Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult spoke with crime novelist Jason Pinter about their beef with the fawning over Jonathan Franzen and Franzen’s Freedom as well as what they see as the narrow scope of coverage in the Times Book Review. Weiner and Picoult have both topped Read More
You know what we like? Feuds involving people named “Weiner.”
This time it’s novelist Jennifer Weiner, who took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to announce her displeasure at a recent blurb request. It seems an editor sent along a memoir by a writer (“Ms. Hoity-Toity”) known to scorn Ms. Weiner’s Read More
June 5, Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the well-reviewed novel Prep, wrote a fairly scathing review of Melissa Bank’s The Wonder Spot in The New York Times Book Review, tagging it ‘Chick Lit’—a now-ubiquitous term to define fiction in a post–Bridget Jones era that revolves around the romantic and professional travails of a young Read More
On June 5, Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the well-reviewed novel Prep, wrote a fairly scathing review of Melissa Bank’s The Wonder Spot in The New York Times Book Review, tagging it ‘Chick Lit’-a now-ubiquitous term to define fiction in a post–Bridget Jones era that revolves around the romantic and professional travails of a young woman. Read More