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Zadie Smith schools Kurt Andersen

White Teeth author Zadie Smith took part today in a writer’s interview series at the New York Public Library and your friendly neighborhood rat was in attendance. She was interviewed by Kurt “I’m Snarking as Fast as I Can” Andersen. It was an interesting match up — a writer who strives for truthful realism in her work being interviewed by a man who has made a career standing at an ironic remove from the world he lives in. Read the rest of this entry »

Barter and the Brain

Barter and the Brain

Last week a lot of news sites carried stories about [a guy] who’s trying to barter his way to a new house, starting from having practically nothing of value to trade. It’s a brilliant scheme and, so far, he’s traded his way up from a paper clip to a year of free rent in Phoenix. Read the rest of this entry »

Life well lived

Arthur Winston, the 100 year old transit worker who retired last month after an almost perfect record of never missing a day’s work in 70 YEARS, [passed away] this week. I can’t think of a better way to live and to die. Reference a [recent post] about how Boomers are scared to death of aging, here’s an example of how one does it. Granted, genetics got him to 100, but the lesson of his life applies to anyone: work at something you enjoy and place others at the center of your purpose (he supported family members throughout his life). He lived because he had something to get up in the morning to do. When his work was done, so was he. Just as it should be.

Extortionist, editor

Well, to be fair, I guess that should be “suggested” extortionist, Jared Paul Stern is guest editing Gawker this weekend and is using the opportunity of a slow news cycle and the likelihood that Ron Burkle’s lawyers are off for the day enjoying the holiday weekend with their families to vent his withered spleen. Not much that directly counters the charges against him as far as I can see, but lots of sleazy innuendo. What do we have to paint on our doors to make this nightmare pass?

Well, there’s one good thing coming out of “Burklegate”: it pretty much [saves us] from the next incarnation of Radar “The Little Magazine that Couldn’t”.

Gawker continues its furious race to the bottom. It’s like watching a train wreck in real time. First they promote celebrity stalking, thereby chewing off the hand that feeds them, now they’re promoting a sleazy gossip monger with a squishy handshake. In a word: blech.

The Devil and Kurt Andersen

This takes the cake. Kurt “I’m Snarking as Fast as I Can” Andersen, soulless godfather to Gawker, Defamer, the perpetually former Radar et al, has penned [a wistful wish] that America may be (at last!) disavowing its obsession with vacuous celebrity culture. Well if that aint the pot calling the kettle beige… Read the rest of this entry »

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