Thursday, May 1, 2014

When Jon Stewart Lets You Down

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

The Daily Show segment Grimm Shady, devoted to Congressman Michael Grimm
The Daily Show devoted its six-minute opening segment last night to Michael Grimm, the Republican congressmember who was recently indicted on 20 counts of fraud (and more!) in connection with a health food restaurant he co-owned and managed on the Upper East Side in the early part of the millennium—the years between when he left the FBI and was elected to the House.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Who Cares If a Famous Person Dies?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

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When I was a teenager, my friends and I had a favorite prank: we'd tell people that Gary Sinise had died. Being the late 90s, he was well-known enough without being too well-known that most people would believe it; its randomness lent it credibility. And, because this was before the hegemony of the Internet, you could get people to believe it forever, really—or at least until they ran into Gary Sinise on the street. As good as the web is at debunking untruths, it's even better at facilitating them: random people are announced dead all the time, and even if a major news source doesn't pick up the story (which they sometimes do!), it's shared on social networks until it's not gossip—it's news! Horace Silver died in December, according to several jazz websites, until it turned out he hadn't. Who wouldn't believe Horace Silver had died? Who would lie about such a thing?

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One of America's Best Worst-Journalists Has Died

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM

The first time I picked up Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision, I couldn't put it down. In one sitting, I read more than 100 pages of his gripping account of Jeffrey MacDonald, the doctor who survived a home invasion that killed his wife and children—or at least that's what happened according to the physician's preposterous story of a Manson-like band of murderous hippies. I had first encountered MacDonald's story years earlier on an Unsolved Mysteries rerun, and McGinniss's a few years after that, when as a conscientious journalism student I read Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer, the New Yorker contributor's account of Joe McGinniss's reporting of Fatal Vision, during which he basically lied to MacDonald about his intentions—thinking he was guilty while leading him on to believe he was sympathetic and would be portrayed as such—in order to get access to his subject.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

After Insane "Penis!" Lawsuit, Lena Dunham Set To Guest Write For Archie Comics

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM


Can't say we really saw it coming, but unexpectedly, delightfully, Archie Comics has found itself in the news quite a bit as of late. First there was the lawsuit about the company's CEO allegedly berating her staff with cries of "Penis! Penis! Penis!"—easily one of the better news stories of 2013—and now there's the totally-different news that none other than Lena Dunham is set to write a series of comics for the beloved franchise.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Is It Ever Ok to Walk Out of a Movie?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

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I can't remember ever walking out of a movie, press screening or otherwise, but I have the luxury of not seeing that many. Granted, as someone who edits a film section (among other things) and also writes about movies, I see a lot more than a lot of people, at least new ones, the kind not on basic cable: I review a movie a week, try to see something I didn't in the theater, maybe catch up with another on DVD or Netflix. I get to choose what I want to see, based on who's in it or behind it, what I've read about it by other critics, or even just its plot description or who distributed it. Many working critics aren't so lucky.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bad Ads: Turbotax and The Stupid, Prattling Woman You Married

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 4:01 PM

  • "What's a chorizo?'

Lazy sexism in ads is almost a laughably old trope, even in a good chunk of the work being produced today—there is, quite literally, now an app for that. But, courtesy of TurboTax, here's another one to add to the pile.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Armond White is Just a Red Herring

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

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Notoriously contrarian film critic Armond White was dismissed from the New York Film Critics Circle yesterday, following a much-publicized ado at the group's annual awards ceremony in which White at best made snide comments about 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen to his tablemates audible to many others in the room or at worst straight-up heckled him. This followed years of similarly rude behavior at these events, those present have said. "White has the right to believe, and say in print, anything he wants," critic Owen Gleiberman wrote at Entertainment Weekly's website. "But disrupting a public event is a squalid form of acting out that has no defense. And that’s why he was kicked out of the New York Film Critics Circle: because of a disturbing, and arguably disturbed, pattern of stubborn misbehavior."

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Maybe Reporters Shouldn't Have Access to Police Reports

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Early this month, the NYPD quietly changed decades of protocol: reporters would no longer be able to pop by their local precinct and peruse the crime reports, the fodder for the familiar blotters that are the bread-and-butter of community media. Instead, journalists would have to contact the police force's deputy commissioner for public information—but "DCPI is a small unit," a source told DNAinfo, "so I don't know how they're going to handle it."

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Why Haven't We Been Talking More About This Archie Comics 'Penis' Lawsuit?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Penis! Penis! Penis!
  • "Penis! Penis! Penis!" - Principal Weatherbee, probably

Unclear how this story didn't immediately come to our attention when it started circulating earlier this week, but better late than never: the company behind Archie Comics has inspired one of the better lawsuit filings I've ever read, claiming that co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit consistently harassed male employees by referring to them as 'Penis' instead of by their actual names.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lou Reed Being Used to Sell PS4s

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Lou Reed Perfect Day PS4 commercial
  • YouTube
  • RIP, Lou Reed
The Playstation 4 gaming system recently hit shelves, and the ad promoting it, which debuted last month shortly before Lou Reed died, features one of the musician's most popular and best-loved songs. In fact, as soon as you hear the opening strains of "Perfect Day" in the spot, it's hard not to think of the icon and his recent death, but just in case you don't make the connection right away, the minute-long spot (abbreviated when shown on television and Internet-streaming sites) is full of death and indiscriminate destruction: armored warriors kill each other on a battlefield, race cars try to run each other off the road, and heavy machinery engages in decimating, futuristic urban warfare. The best way to sell virtual killing? The recent memory of someone who actually died! O the serendipities of advertising.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

<i>Humans of New York</i> Brings Out the Humanity In the Internet

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM


Over the last couple of years, Humans Of New York has become the most followed photography blog on the Internet. Every new post garners thousands of likes in minutes and several spin-offs have been trying to emulate Brandon Stanton's project in other large cities or countries (Humans of Paris, Amsterdam, India, etc.)

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

So, Anyone In The Market For An Ayn Rand Tank Top?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM


Not that you shouldn't want a vaguely inspirational quote from the favorite author of every single person you should never, ever date emblazoned across your tits. It only costs $11.80, after all, and how else are people supposed to know at a glance that you're smart, empowered, and "just really into books, such a nerd lol"?

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Solange Knowles Totally Subtweeted Miley Cyrus

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Solange gives great bitch face, and even better subtweets.
  • Io Tillet Wright
  • Solange gives great bitch face, and even better subtweets.

Ah, so. There was a lot of big news on twitter yesterday, what with the discovery that @horse_ebooks is run by BuzzFeed, and Bill Clinton and Bill Gates posing for a joint selfie and, well, I don't know what else exactly but I'm sure there was lots of other very important stuff. However! Probably the most important thing that happened on twitter yesterday was erstwhile Brooklyn resident Solange Knowles subtweeting none other than Miley Cyrus, whose MTV VMA performance right here in Brooklyn last month is still talked about all the damn time. So, what were the subtweets?

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Here Is a Thing That Really Pissed Me Off About BuzzFeed Today (And, Yes, It Involved GIFs)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

  • c/o BuzzFeed

Hmm, so maybe I'm ultra-sensitive to this because earlier today I wrote about how important I think it is to use appropriate imagery when reporting on important news stories, i.e. the Westgate terrorist attack in Nairobi, or the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. But so, whatever. I'm ultra-sensitive. Fine. That still doesn't mean these lists aren't terrible. Obviously they're reductive and simplistic and obviously anyone with a healthy sense of cynicism (and that's me, I swear, that's me) should be able to just look at these lists and smirk and move on, but you know what? Sometimes it's really fucking hard to do that, because cynical as I am (and really, that's pretty goddamned cynical) it's sort of horrifying that anyone thinks it's a good idea to take important news stories (some of them involving the deaths of thousands of people) and reduce them to GIFs. So, in honor of my annoyance with Buzzfeed and GIFs and, I guess, the world, here's a bunch of Buzzfeed's most inappropriate uses of GIFs to explain the news.

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Why It's Important to See Disturbing and Graphic Images in the News

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM

  • Marc A. Hermann

A couple of weeks ago, I came across what is probably the best use of Photoshop I've ever seen. New York Daily News photographer and editor, Marc A. Hermann searched the News's archives and found grisly crime scene images, which he then put on top of photographs of modern-day New York, making for a truly fascinating juxtaposition of past and present. Not only is it visually stunning to see these jarringly violent scenes transposed onto now tranquil New York streets, but it is also interesting to see the type of grisly images that used to be standard in New York papers, leading me to wonder why we don't see as many graphic, disturbing images inside the papers anymore, let alone on the cover.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Problem with the New York <i>Times</i>: A Tale of Two Papers

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I wonder what Gwens thoughts are on Syria
  • I wonder what Gwen's thoughts are on Syria

In case you missed it, in the last decade or two, the industry of print journalism has undergone revolutionary changes as people have turned more and more to their computers to get news instead of the traditional print sources. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know though, right? But just to recap: newspaper circulation numbers tumbled and media companies attempted (with varying degrees of success) to navigate the new world of digital media. And so, along with the gradual demise of traditionally reported stories and the rise of blogging, has come the need for all media outlets (including venerable institutions that once seemed impervious to tabloid-esque headlines and articles) to come up with stories designed to be shared and commented on, click-bait articles written to inspire page-views and outrage. Eventually, even stalwart news outlets like the New York Times began to pursue reported pieces that seem worthless as anything other than sensational journalism ("Creating Hipsturbia," anyone?). Which, articles about man buns in the paper of record don't necessarily portend the end of civilization, but they're not really a positive indicator about it either.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Win Tickets to See CHVRCHES on 9/20!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM


We're giving you the chance to see CHVRCHES on Sunday, September 22 at Terminal 5. They're playing with xxyyxx, tickets are $25 (and going fast!), but we'll get you there for free.

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You have until midnight on Thursday, September 19 to enter. We'll announce a winner on Friday, September 20. And in the meantime, click here to stream their new album The Bones of What You Believe. Good luck!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

The New York <i>Post</i>'s Comment Section is Back! Ahhhhh!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

New York Post website
A thorough redesign to The New York Post's website launched today, making it look like a swankier DNAinfo and also making it harder to find local news specifically by borough. So, great. Worst of all, though, is that the tabloid has brought back its comments section, where some of the most vile members of the human race once congregated to spew racism, sexism, rape fantasies, and other terrible things. Seriously: if you wanted to lose your faith in humanity, you could get lost in that swamp of opinion. But that swamp was drained in January, unceremoniously, when the website suddenly pulled the option to comment from its articles, making it look like the comments had never even existed. I reached out to reporter-friends who work there to ask about it; maybe a company-wide memo had gone out, or something? Maybe even the editors at the Post couldn't abide such horrible expression? One ignored me; the other said, "uh, i have no idea."

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Announcing the 11-Course All-Star Cookout Tasting Menu!

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Taste Talks is proud to announce the complete All-Star Cookout Tasting Menu, available for one day only on Sunday, September 15 at East River State Park. Don't miss your chance to try this exclusive, 11-course collaborative tasting menu created by chefs from Brooklyn and abroad. Tickets are $65, and the best part? Your ticket gets you every single item on the menu, plus two drinks courtesy of Amstel Light, Strongbow Cider and Wines of South Africa. Feeling extra thirsty? There's an all you can drink beer and wine pairing available too.

Be sure to try the rib eye with chimmichurri, whipped up by Francis Mallmann and Tom Mylan and Brent Young of The Meat Hook. Or the grilled beef tongue, prepared by Mile End's Eli Sussman and Dave 1 of Chromeo (yes, that Chromeo). And for dessert, don't miss out on a scoop of sweet corn ice cream, the brainchild of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and Stone Barn's Dan Barber. Check out the complete All-Star Cookout menu here, and click here to buy your tickets.

Plus, we've added even more panels to the Taste Talks Conference schedule. Take a foraging tour of North Brooklyn with Leda Meredith, learn what it takes to produce a printed food magazine in today's market, and a lot more. Click here for the complete updated Taste Talks Conference schedule.

And finally, be sure to catch a special live installment of Esquire Network's new underground, head-to-head cooking competition Knife Fight, hosted by celebrated chef Ilan Hall. The showdown will take place at the All-Star Cookout on Sunday afternoon, featuring two surprise guest chefs.

Check out the Taste Talks conference schedule here, and for information and updates, follow Taste Talks on Twitter and Facebook.

The All-Star Cookout is presented by Amstel Light.

Here's Proof That the Media Elite Are Some of the Worst People In the World

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

  • Andy Rivera c/o

Here are some things I learned from the New York magazine article "Media Elites Are Making Twitter Accounts for Their Babies:"

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