Supermarket magnate, billionaire, Bill Clinton pal, Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner, powerhouse Democratic donor, and Page Six extortion victim Ron Burkle is back in the hip Manhattan culture rag business, and his partner-in-crime is Magic. Literally.
Jessica Pilot, author of the infamous Radar “Hipster Hookers” piece, published an “It Happened To Me” testimonial about the experience and the aftermath on xoJane.com today.
(Why was it so scandalous, again? Post-The Girlfriend Experience, prostitution is even The Huffington Post-friendly.)
The narrative is predictable mid-aughts fare (young woman, sexy magazine story, Read More
On or around April 5, a group of prominent New Yorkers—including Andre Balazs, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lindsay Lohan and Harvey Weinstein—received a curious group text.
It hardly seems like a year ago, but remember last September? Just after Lehman declared bankruptcy, we dealt with a rapid wave of media closures here in the city: The Sun, 02138 and, for a third time, Radar.
But we didn’t expect that it would take long for Maer Roshan, Radar’s editor, to get Read More
“People kept telling me that they were bored with the Internet,” said Choire Sicha, an “ancestor of ephemeral Gawker” and soon-to-be published book author (not to mention a former Observer editor and columnist), who was calling into The Observer from his “home office” in the East Village this afternoon. Read More
John Cook, the longtime Radar contributor and the crackerjack TV reporter for the Chicago Tribune, is heading to Gawker. His first day is Monday.
He’ll be covering covering a variety of things: his old beat in television; he’ll respond to the day’s news when he’s got something to say; and he’ll be digging Read More
On July 6th, 2005, The Observer officially launched the Media Mob under editor Tom Scocca with a post that attempted—and failed—to introduce an awkward portmanteau word we thought would capture large media companies’ incursions into the then-still novel medium of blogs. We called it (shudder) blogentrification, and described it as follows:
It starts with Read More
"On Friday, Domino’s offices were nearly all packed up. ‘We did our serious drinking and packing all day Thursday,’ Ms. Needleman said. You could hear the sharp crackle of packing tape in the halls and the pop of bubbles in the wrapping; Chase Booth, the renovation editor, was handing around bottles of Stella Artois to Read More
On the day the perennially troubled Radar magazine folded, its editor Maer Roshan got an email from an old friend, Tina Brown, with whom he’d worked at her own sunken ship, Talk.
“Maer my darling, I’m grieving so terribly,” she wrote in her Masterpiece Theatre trill. “I’m running into a meeting, but do nothing Read More