Chris O'SheaChris O'Shea is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York's Vulture, The Awl, The Village Voice and more. He wishes Carmelo Anthony would pass the damn ball.
PRNewser: Facebook wants to remind you that Facebook is great.
FishbowlDC: Here’s why you should attend the next BlogHer conference — Kerry Washington will be there. Oh, and all that other stuff, too. That’s important.
AgencySpy: This ESPN ad celebrating the World Cup will likely be the most exciting part about the World Cup. We kid, we kid! Soccer is great. For when you need a nap.
Thought Catalog, a site for friendless 20 somethings who take themselves way too seriously, is calling for submissions for what promises to be an absolutely terrible book on HBO’s Girls. The Lena Dunham show, you see, has changed and shaped our culture. So Thought Catalog wants to publish a book about culture, change and shape. And culture. And Girls.
“Thought Catalog invites authors to submit proposals for a new book on the culture-shaping series,” explains a post on the site. “The final book will reach 15-20,000 words, and explore the show’s characters, themes, and cultural impact.”
Never mind the fact that there have been already been about 42,754 pieces that cover those aspects of Girls. The Thought Catalog book will be different, because it will be “More fun than a night of driving around in your mom’s Volvo with a bottle of cough syrup and a box of cold McNuggets.” We honesty don’t even know what that means.
If your manuscript gets chosen, your book will be printed by Thought Catalog Books, which has also published We Put the Spring in Springfield: Chronicling the Golden Era of ‘The Simpsons’ and Maestro Mario: How Nintendo Transformed Videogame Music into an Art. If that’s not an incentive to submit something, we don’t know what is.
Peter Goodman has been named the new editor-in-chief of The International Business Times. Goodman joins the site from The Huffington Post, where he most recently served as executive business editor.
Goodman previously served as The New York Times’ national economics correspondent. Prior to that he spent 10 years at The Washington Post.
“International Business Times is committed to the dual principles of truly global coverage in a digitally-native environment, delivering our readers the most relevant and timely business news,” said Johnathan Davis, co-founder and chief content officer of IBT’s parent, IBT Media. “Throughout his career, Peter has demonstrated deep understanding of both these realms, and we welcome his leadership in this new role.”
“I couldn’t be more excited by the challenge of leading the newsroom to the next level,” added Goodman.
Goodman begins at IBT later this month.
Newsweek and Bloomberg Pursuits made some moves today. Details are below.
- Richard Addis is joining Newsweek as editor-in-chief of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Addis is the former editor of The Financial Times Weekend and the Globe and Mail.
- Stan Parish has been named deputy editor of Bloomberg Pursuits. Parish was most recently senior features editor at Departures. Prior to that he served as an associate editor at GQ for five years.
Don Singleton, the legendary New York Daily News reporter, has died. He was 77 years old.
Singleton worked for the Daily News from the mid 60s until he retired in 2007. During his time there he covered a variety of subjects, including the Attica prison riots in 1971 and John Lennon’s death in 1980. Singleton had a true passion for reporting, and he was especially fond of the Daily News:
Singleton, who had suffered a stroke and heart attack, struggled with memory loss, but there were aspects of life he would never forget. When his daughter asked him to recall his telephone number, rather than answer with his home phone, he recited his old number at The News.
The Daily News reports that a wake will be held Thursday in Hoboken, at the Lawton-Turso Funeral Home.
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It’s a big day for The Awl. The site, which began looking for a new editor months ago, might have finally found one in Matt Buchanan, who left The New Yorker to come aboard. One doesn’t just leave The New Yorker without the promise of something big, do they? As of now, there’s no word on exactly what Buchanan will be doing at The Awl.
Further muddying the waters is the fact that John Herrman is joining Buchanan at The Awl. As Capital New York notes, Buchanan and Herrman worked together at BuzzFeed’s tech vertical, and both are former Gizmodo editors.
Maybe Buchanan isn’t The Awl’s new editor, and he’s teaming up with Herrman to launch a new tech site for The Awl? Or maybe Buchanan is The Awl’s new editor and Herrman is heading up the new tech site by himself? Or maybe they were both hired because they make excellent smoothies???
Those are all legitimate questions. We’re reached out to Choire Sicha, The Awl’s founder, for answers. We’ll update when we hear back.
Update (10:08 am):
Sicha, in a note on The Awl, explained that Buchanan and Herrman will both be running The Awl, starting next month. There will not be a tech vertical. Click through for Sicha’s full memo.
TVNewser: Somehow, despite the Academy Awards being too long and too boring, viewership has hit a 10 year high.
GalleyCat: Today in You Weren’t This Smart at This Age news — an 8th grader’s poem has been retweeted over 144,000 times.
AllFacebook: Let’s all talk about Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg running for Senate. Even if she said she wasn’t interested in politics. Because she might be! Even though she said she’s not. But perhaps!
The acquisition marks Biglari’s first foray into publications. His company, Biglari Holdings, also owns some real estate, and the restaurant chains Steak N Shake and Western Sizzlin.
In a statement, Biglari announced that Maxim has a bright future. “As the new owner, we look forward enthusiastically to making long-term investments in pursuit of revitalizing the Maxim brand,” he said.
We imagine that executives at Alpha Media were just glad to get the sale over with. During the process of selling Maxim, Alpha Media was almost defrauded and then ended up suing one of its former potential buyers for $38 million.