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On a sunny Sunday, a roomful of would-be bohemians gathered in the basement of McNally Jackson Books to listen to Katie Roiphe, that great defender of the lost art of messy lives, Daily Beast book editor Lucas Wittmann, publisher and author James Atlas and novelist Donald Antrim answer the pressing question of our day: were Read More
Katie Roiphe is, to put it mildly, a controversial figure. But Times literary critic Dwight Garner comes down firmly on the “Team Roiphe” side in his review of new essay collection, In Praise of Messy Lives.
In fact, he is such a fan that, if he “could condense [his] opinion of her new book onto a T-shirt, that Beefy-T would read: “Team Roiphe.” We imagine that the author of essays about the lack of virility in our current crop of male writers would like the fact that Mr. Garner’s T-shirt would be “beefy.”
Get ready. Katie Roiphe, “one of Slate’s most provocative columnists,” will discuss her admiration for messy lives at the New York Public Library on next week. Ms. Roiphe’s new collection of contrarian essays, In Praise of Messy Lives, provides the jumping off point for a conversation with NYPL’s Paul Holdengräber, as well as a flurry of Read More
Welcome to The Bombshell, a regular column about the peculiarities of the fairer sex.
It can’t be easy to be a man these days, what with the gender’s looming end, but thinking about Naomi Wolf’s new and much-ridiculed biography of the vagina has reminded me once again of the main reason why I would not want to be a man, or, make that a heterosexual man. Having sex with a woman is a complicated challenge. It exhausts me to think of it.
In order for one to pass muster as a cultural critic these days, a certain omnivorousness seems necessary. This is not a good thing. A lot of criticism has lately been marred by the obsessive need to draw connections between everything that is currently popular, all of which the critic has quickly formulated into a set of fervent opinions.
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In an essay published on Slate last week, Katie Roiphe aired this musty bit of media gossip: Emily Gould’s editor asked Ms. Roiphe to blurb her book, And the Heart Says Whatever. This despite the fact that Ms. Gould had called Ms. Roiphe a “big immature baby” in a post during her tenure at Gawker.
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Katie Roiphe better watch her step. Ayelet Waldman does not take even indirect criticism lightly when it involves her husband (you know, the amazing writer and lover, Michael Chabon).
As part of the new tradition of referencing famous husbands through twitter, Ms. Waldman is using the medium to air her grievances against Ms. Roiphe.
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Journalist and NYU Prof Katie Roiphe wanted to quit the Internet to help herself focus on writing her next book. But less than two days into the experiment Roiphe has to admit, “I am actually like an addict sneaking off to the roof for a cigarette, cheating.”
Part of the problem, it seems, Read More
In a few weeks, the Upper East Side girl’s private school Brearley, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, will be swarmed by media stars.
On May 8, News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch will serve on a panel, as will his daughter Elisabeth Murdoch, a Brearley grad, sources told the Transom. Let’s hope Rupe’s gotten over Read More
With a decision from the governor just days away, the list of prominent feminist types who have declared support for Caroline Kennedy to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat is a short one. Among the best-known are New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, 79-year-old Representative Louise Slaughter and former Kennedy Read More