The Heroes and Villains of New York City

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09/30/2009 4:00 AM |


Graydon Carter

Graydon Carter used to be a hero. Along with Kurt Andersen and Tom Philips, the mysterious Canadian (yes, it’s possible) founded Spy Magazine in 1986, a much-needed satirical antidote to the self-important, status-mad 80s. Spy set the table for a humor-laden, media-savy approach to cultural criticism that would lead to everything from Gawker to The Daily Show–and then he became the thing he hated. Sure, he’s done some great work as the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, but he’s done a lot to contribute to celebrity-mad America, too. And then he opened an exclusive West Village celebuclub, the Waverly Inn. And then he started saying things like this: “I find it harder for anybody as they get older to feel 100 per cent strongly behind one party. There’s lots more grey than when I was younger. I’m a libertarian.” Sometimes, there’s nothing more villainous than when a hero gives up.

8 Comment

  • they just lost their lease, and need to find another….preferably in the immediate neighborhood, for not much money…

  • Mayor Bloomberg is in the picture but there isn’t anything written about him, how come?

  • His editing staff is still next to impeccable. I think you meant savvy.

  • In terms of heroes and villains, you have both in what’s going on with the 1-2-3 Community Space. You’ve written about the heroes, but there is also a villain, or rather villains. You can read about them on a blog set up to chronicle the eviction of 1-2-3 by money-grubbing landlords (I know, that’s redundant).

  • I think Bloomberg is on the cover as he’s referred to in the Reverend Billy editorial.

  • Thanks GOD this jackass is being called out. I’m glad to see the villains behind the villains called out.

  • Graydon Carter is a villain because time and age has given him a different perspective in life? Prepare author, for you too will in time (and with age) join the ranks of ‘villains’ everywhere. Unless you’re just so closed minded as to never change.

    Also, when does libertarianism == ‘giving up’. That’s just reductionism.

  • You list Bloomberg as a villain but his traffic doyenne, Sadik-Khan, is a hero. And Billy Talen, no matter how well intentioned, is a clown.