Does The New Republic editor at large Michael Kinsley think he invented the idea of gay marriage? It sure sounds like it. Mr. Kinsley published an article in last week’s issue of TNR in which he explains that it’s okay for people to be uncomfortable with gay marriage, since it’s only been around for a couple decades. And he should know, he wrote, since he introduced the world to the idea of gay marriage back in 1989.
“The first known mention of gay marriage is an article (“Here Comes the Groom” by Andrew Sullivan) commissioned by me and published in this magazine in 1989. And I would bet that there is no one born before 1989, gay or straight, who didn’t, when he or she first heard the idea, go, whaaa?”
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Did anyone else notice the little Leftist fracas that broke out in The New York Times Book Review this weekend?
Bloomberg View columnist Michael Kinsley’s review of Baffler editor and Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank’s conservative-debunking tract, Pity the Billionaire, elicited two spirited letters from Mr. Frank’s corner.
The news of buyouts the Times was just one element of the perfect storm of press that descended upon Ms. Abramson last week, including a Ken Auletta New Yorker profile and a deluge of critical slobbering over her recently released “dogoir,” The Puppy Diaries. It was reviewed in the Thursday arts section and in The Read More
So much happens each day–how to keep it all straight? Time to test your memory!
Who’s going to be a (maybe not entirely convincing) street b-baller on film?
Which TV show may be coming back without its marquee attraction?
And which soon-to-be-departed show may be gifted with a Levi Read More
This week’s award for best disclosure statement goes to The Big Money’s Chadwick Matlin, who included this helpful paragraph in yesterday’s Michael Lewis: Our Money Laureate:
That Lewis is so devoted to profile-driven journalism is surprising considering his influences (which, it should be said, are influences that I—and The Big Money—share). Lewis’ career Read More
Is This Thing On? Time‘s James Poniewozik put out a call to his readers for their reactions to VH1′s Rock of Love. "I’m not really qualified to hold forth on VH1′s Rock of Love II, having joined the series for, oh, about the last half-hour of the finale (I won’t spoil, don’t worry). Read More
Last week, Michael Kinsley arrived at 4 Times Square for a meeting with Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman and word of the meeting spread quickly through the building: Was he about to become the latest masthead addition to the monthly business magazine?
Not quite yet.
Mr. Kinsley told Media Mob that he was meeting with Ms. Read More
The way David Remnick became editor of The New Yorker is well-documented. A few weeks after Tina Brown had unexpectedly quit, S.I. Newhouse offered Michael Kinsley the job, then quickly withdrew his offer and gave it to Mr. Remnick.
Recently, Mr. Remnick gave a speech at his alma mater, Princeton, and offered a tiny anecdote Read More
Who won’t be the next managing editor of Time magazine? Michael Kinsley, for starters.
Last month, Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey met with Mr. Kinsley for two hours at a Washington, D.C., hotel and asked if he would be interested in taking over Time’s managing editorship.
Mr. Kinsley—the peripatetic ex-chief of The Read More
We’ve all been a bit busy this weeks, which is why I’m only now noting a really extraordinary moment last Friday on NY1′s Road to City Hall.
Between an interview with Bill Thompson and a reporters’ round table, NY1′s Goldin spent a few minutes on air with Carolyn Curiel, the Times editorial writer Read More