So Kim Jong Il, Christopher Hitchens and former Czech president Václav Havel walk up to Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates of Heaven …
If you’ve been lost in the static of radio silence this past week, you must be thinking, “What a witty opener for that Upper West Side Christmas party!” Unfortunately, the humor is coarsened by the fact that the North Korean supreme leader, outspoken British-turned-American intellectual and Eastern European politician moonlighting as everything under the literary sun all passed away this weekend. We can’t help but imagine Mr. Hitchens being amused by the inevitable comparisons that one could draw between him and the company he’ll be keeping in the newsworthy obits this week: The pages of which will be filled with terms like “revolutionary,” “tyrannical,” “egomaniacal” and “possibly insane.” (And that’s just for Mr. Hitchens!) It’s dark humor, of course, but did the Vanity Fair contributing editor know any other kind?
It wouldn’t be another glorious fall week in New York if there weren’t more celebrities down at Zuccotti Park. Unfortunately, Kanye has not made a return visit, but Alec Baldwin did put his hours in, as did Meghan McCain, who voiced approval for the message of the 99 percent in her recent Daily Beast column. Ms. McCain’s biggest issue with the protests? Pot smoke and a guy wearing a tinfoil cape. Mr. Baldwin? Hippies pressuring him to admit he’s a libertarian.
The New York Times Company seeks to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts by the end of the year, Brian Stelter reported on the Times media blog. In a staff memo, executive editor Jill Abramson specified that there would be no layoffs.
This is the first major Times newsroom trim since Read More
Don’t let the warm weather fool you, we are officially in Fall season mode. You can always tell the changing of the seasons by the changing of the leaves, or at least by the changing of the hair colors of The Real Housewives of New York—which we anticipate will take place any day now in some of the city’s higher end hair care establishments as LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer reap the rewards of their cast-off cast members by doubling their salary. The two will now be getting $500,000 each to throw champagne in each other’s faces. Who says that there are no high-paying jobs anymore? Rather unbelievably, fellow New Yorkers, these are the 1%.
“There aren’t many dissenters in the room,” said another young man at the party Monday night for Steven Brill’s new book, Class Warfare, about education reform in the United States. The young man, blond, worked with one of the schooling organizations celebrated in the book.
“But, us two,” he continued to The Observer. “We’re certainly Read More
The New York Times’ Sam Sifton is leaving his position as restaurant critic to be the paper’s national editor.
“I’m stepping down as restaurant critic to be the national editor of The Times. #checkplease,” he wrote on Twitter.
In her official announcement posted on the paper’s food blog, newbie Times executive editor Jill Abramson Read More
Two things tend to be givens in the modern-day 24-hour news cycle: One, that something sad and tragic will invariably happen; and two, that when something sad and tragic happens, someone with a large social media following will not hesitate to immediately crack an inappropriate joke about it. (Too Read More
MacMillan Holdings, a book publisher with a stable of authors that includes Edward Abbey and soon-to-be New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, has signed a two-year sublease at 41 Madison Avenue, The Observer has learned.
Between the Arcade Fire that was playing quietly on the computer in her office and the subway token tattoo on her shoulder that she showed off to Gabriel Sherman, New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson seems eerily hip in New York magazine.
Ms. Abramson got the tattoo in 2003 when she returned to Read More
Back in May, Times executive editor Bill Keller announced that managing editor Jill Abramson would be taking a detour from her managing editing duties to immerse herself with life on the web. The detour was scheduled for six months while Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet, business editor Larry Ingrassia and foreign editor Susan Chira Read More