Yesterday, in a rally held in Cooper Square, the 33-year-old son of Village Voice co-founder Norman Mailer got up on the podium, reported Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo.
“It’s hard for me to be up on this podium today,” Mr. Mailer, who was there for a protest to shut down BackPages.com, the part of the Village Voice that’s been accused of sex trafficking in underage women, “because I’ve always loved the paper and what it stood for…to see them now, justifying their actions for this profit is heartbreaking.”
Oooh, fight! Tony Ortega might have to go down to The Village Voice‘s cafeteria and separate Steven Thrasher from beating Running Scared‘s new kid* James King to a bloody pulp…with his words.
No, it’s not a physical fight, because this isn’t the Norman Mailer days anymore, but Mr. Thrasher, a 3-year veteran of the paper, has a few choice words (1363 of them, to be exact) regarding Mr. King’s “casual racism” in his colleague’s post.
Unlimited Salad and Breadsticks
By now you’ve probably heard all about Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty’s earnest review of the Grand Forks Olive Garden, an arrival so highly anticipated by North Dakotans that there was a line out the restaurant door all of February.
But the long-awaited bread sticks were nothing compared to Ms. Hagerty’s review, which went viral after being picked up by Gawker, BoingBoing and Fark. This too was big news in for the Herald.
The independent Manhattan movie house Film Forum has decided to pull its advertising from the Village Voice, citing concerns about Backpage.com, the classifieds site owned by Voice parent company Village Voice Media.
Longtime Film Forum director Karen Cooper told Off the Record that Nicholas Kristof’s Friday op-ed in The New York Times prompted her decision.
Lower East Side
A sign on Orchard and Grand has officially put on notice all those weird below Houston-streeters: Stop tying bones and meat around town for stray dogs/crazy satanic rituals/art installations.
Starbucks red cups are here! The commercial holiday season has begun. Speaking of which, you know that gag in the best holiday movie of the 21st century so far, Elf, where Will Ferrell blows into a nondescript New York City diner to congratulate them on having, as the storefront advertised, the “World’s Best Cup of Coffee”? And then later, on an adventurous date, a blindfolded Zooey Deschanel tries the purported “world’s best” but finds it “crappy”?
Rob Delaney is a prominent figure on the alt-comedy Twitter scene. He has an impressive 239,672 followers, and is oft-retweeted by no less impressive figures than Samantha Ronson, Mindy Kaling, and Juliette Lewis. Still, the comedian is inviting a world of pain with his latest stunt: suing Kim Kardashian (along with Ryan Seacrest, E!, and Comcast) for $18 million…the amount of income he claims she made off her wedding shows.
Why? Well, maybe a better question would be, “Why not?”
This week’s Village Voice cover story is an installment in an ongoing investigative series The Truth Behind Sex Trafficking, which aims to debunk alarmist and overblown statistics about prostitution.
The article (by Kristen Hinman who was a longtime writer for other VVM publications) posits that underage prostitution does exist, tragically, but it’s largely conducted voluntarily Read More
off the record
The wave of layoffs sweeping across the newsrooms of Village Voice Media, America’s largest chain of alt-weeklies, finally reached New York last week.
Although some speculated the Arizona-based media company formerly known as New Times would spare its flagship brand and new namesake, it wasn’t to be: Last week, The Village Voice laid off Read More
Is anyone occupying Midtown’s fountains?
TimesUp!, a New York “direct action environmental organization” had big plans for today. They were going for their 3rd annual “fountain ride,” which is exactly what it sounds like: splashing around in public fountains and evading the police. But in solidarity with both Occupy Wall Street and Columbus Day (?), the event was renamed “Occupy Fountains.” And though the event ends in half an hour, so far there hasn’t been much of a ripple about the spectacle on Twitter.