If there ever was a week for longreads, this would be it. After Elizabeth Wurtzel’s 5,500-word essay published in New York about crazy landlords/Not Compromising on Life, The New York Times Magazine proved that it hadn’t cornered the market on histrionics. Thus, an 11-page exposé about Lindsay Lohan and The Canyons, the Kickstarter-funded film written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader, co-starring porn heartthrob James Deen.
As you can imagine, the piece chronicles what a nice time everyone had on the short shoot—which took place over three weeks last July–with a lot of fond, funny anecdotes. Like the time Ms. Lohan took too many sleeping pills, locked herself in a closet, and refused to come out until Paul Schrader took off all his clothes? That one is great. The pitch-perfect tone was immediately reflected in its blog-snark title, “Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie.”
A fine choice, but a little unsubtle. We offer these 10 other titles that would have equally reflected the appeal of such a long, labor-intensive piece of journalism.
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As Off the Record pondered the ethics of regifting last week, we came across help in an unlikely place: a web ad for Detroit-based Ally Bank, which features original New York Times Magazine ethicist Randy Cohen dispensing advice about financial etiquette.
We called Mr. Cohen to find out how he went from being “The Ethicist”—a post he held for a dozen years—to the etiquette adviser at Ally Bank. Apparently, the advertising folks at iCrossing, fans of Mr. Cohen’s, got in touch about using him in a campaign for their client. But what about using the “Author, original NY Times Ethicist” chyron in the videos? Is the Gray Lady cool with that?
When Hugo Lindgren took over as editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine in 2010, publisher Arthur Sulzberger asked whether he was going to keep the magazine’s signature “On Language” column.
“I hope I’m not talking out of school here,” Mr. Lindgren said, recollecting the incident. But in fact, he was talking in a school. He was addressing the magazine program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
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“Last night we did a version of this where we walked down the aisle!” said Atlantic senior editor Hanna Rosin at the beginning of a debate last Wednesday at the Maritime Hotel, on occasion of the publication of her book, The End of Men. “It was like our wedding!”
She had just come onstage along Read More
Hugo Lindgren set Twitter speculating about who would be The New York Times Magazine‘s new Ethicist today when he teased, “It’s a little scary when The Ethicist starts following you.” But only briefly.
A new Ethicist Twitter account (@nytethicist) has been formed, Longform founder Max Linsky quickly pointed out, and it follows two people: the Times mag and Mr. Lindgren. Its bio is quite revealing: “I write the Ethicist column for @NYTmag and also tweet as @CKlosterman.”
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When Hugo Lindgren poached GQ story editor Joel Lovell for his revamp of The New York Times Magazine late last year, one bonus was that John Jeremiah Sullivan’s byline migrated alongside him. A”Southern editor” and essayist with a National Magazine Award under his belt, Mr. Sullivan was seen as a rising star among GQ Read More
Having had a fairly stable masthead for years, Conde Nast men’s title GQ is hemorrhaging top-level editorial talent.
In late October style editor Adam Rapoport was named editor of Bon Appetit, and now sources say two more top editors are set to exit.
In what may be his biggest poach since taking the reins Read More
When we last mentioned New York Times scribe Deborah Solomon, her reputation as an interview master was being tested. The staff of the 92nd Street Y decided that her discussion with actor Steve Martin did not touch upon his film career to an appropriate extent, and therefore a refund would be extended to all Read More
It’s been over a month since The Observer broke the news that Hugo Lindgren would be stepping into the editorship at The New York Times Magazine, a seat vacated by departing the Gerry Marzorati, after a stint as executive editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. In that time he’s already hired former New York magazine Read More
Greg Veis, current editor of TNR.com, is off to join the ranks at The New York Times Magazine, according to Daily Intel. A memo informed New Republic staff members earlier today that he will start at the magazine in December as a front-of-the-book editor.
The hire is Hugo Lindgren’s second since taking over Read More