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Posts Tagged ‘Gina Barreca’

National Society of Newspaper Columnists Names Winners in 2014 Columnist Contest

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Weingarten with Pulitzer (left) and junior high diploma (right).

Saturday night at Howard University, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists convened for its annual awards ceremony, which to our liking, was much more entertaining than anticipated.

Opening the ceremony was the announcement of several gag awards – including the Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award (recipient Amanda Bean, a columnist at the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Indiana) and the Sitting Duck Award (recipient ‘drones,’ nominated by A Look On The Light Side’s Judy Epstein). The Lifetime Achievement Award was then presented to The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten by Weingarten’s co-author of I’m with Stupid: One Man. One Woman. 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up Gina Barreca.

Barreca recalled the first time she spoke with the Post man; a call asking if she were an expert in feminism and humor. After responding ‘yes,’ she recalled Weingarten’s response as, “That’s like being an expert in oysters and accordions.” Read more

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What’s Weingarten Writing?

Last week was TORTURE! Gene Weingarten, our favorite “humorist” from WaPo was on vacation leaving us with a “Best Of” column. Have no fear! Our Pulitzer Prize-winning Putz is back in action with a new piece. Actually, I SAY that it’s a new column, but Gene is clearly having a hard time getting back in the saddle because he outsources his piece to comedienne Gina Barreca. They spend the entire piece dissecting Mitt Romney’s recent loss in the Presidential election. Months ago, Barreca predicted that women would have a hard time voting for Romney because he creeps them out.

Unlike Gene, Gina is genuinely funny, so I don’t have a real problem with this. But, is Gene really going to collect a paycheck for this piece? The whole thing is material from Barreca. Don’t believe me? The numbers do not lie… Read more