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Archives: June 2007

Alexandra Jacobs Reviews Roiphe

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Alexandra Jacobs reviews Katie Roiphe’s latest book, Uncommon Arrangements, in the Observer.

Uncommon Arrangments is colorful, fragrant, aural—rich with the clink of teacups and the “languid, ineffectual strokes” as Murry paints a cottage (“Get it done,” growls house guest Lawrence. Can you imagine?). It’s kind of like an Edward Gorey cartoon come to life.

While the books sounds fine (FBLA is rather over the Edwardians), Jacobs’ writing is fun to read–refreshing, accurate and tart.

Barack Obama’s Hot 97 Moment

barackvf.jpgIf you’re Barack Obama and want to do a quick round of New York publicity, the answer is simple: appear on Hot 97. Obama did a short phone interview with Angie Martinez this past Wednesday. Martinez, one of New York’s highest-rated radio hosts, has the coveted afternoon drive time slot at the Emmis-owned station. Although most of the chat was your standard politico talk, Obama dropped pop music names as well:

“I’m old-school and generally I’m more of a jazz guy,” he told Martinez. “But having said that, I’m current enough that on my iPod I got a little bit of Jay-Z, a little bit of Beyoncé. A little bit. I don’t want to pretend I know as much as my [children]. I’m falling behind rapidly.”

In other politicians-in-the-media news, the always reliable Joe Biden made a gaffe in Thursday’s debate. Whoops.


  • Video: ‘I Got A Crush On Obama’
  • Barack Obama: ‘I Inhaled — That Was The Point’
  • Janice Min Negotiations Continue


    It’s the last working day of celebrity editor Janice Min‘s contract at Us Weekly — and it looks like negotiations between her and Jann Wenner are down to the wire. WWD reports that Min still hadn’t reached an agreement with Wenner Media over her new contract as of Thursday night. Min’s previous contract earned her an impressive $1.2 million annually; the New York Post says it is unlikely that Min will walk away. Min has a reputation as a hands-on editor — and her recent decision not to cover Paris Hilton‘s release from jail earned Us tons of free press. Between that and the fact that she been every bit as high-profile as Bonnie Fuller as Us‘s EIC, it seems doubtful she will leave.


  • Us Weekly‘s Min: 31-Year-Old Women Are ‘Tuned Out’ To Hard News; CNN ‘Unwatchable’
  • ‘Citysearch Killer’ Launching NYC, LA Sites

    Briefly: It looks like the Tribune Company’s Citysearch killer Metromix is expanding into new markets. Word is that Metromix is slated to launch sites in New York and Los Angeles in Fall 2007/Winter 2008. Tribune Co. recently launched low-key expansions in Baltimore and Orlando.

    iPhone: We’re Part Of The Problem

    kalehoff.jpgMax Kalehoff, VP of marketing for Nielsen BuzzMetrics, writes today that the hype surrounding the iPhone is, in part, generated by bloggers, rather than by the quality and uniqueness of the phone itself.

    He says that bloggers “in a rabid quest for attention and traffic … are inherently mandated to chime in on the iPhone launch.”

    So, what he’s saying is people who write about the iPhone (say, in an online column or in a blog post), are doing so just to generate traffic.

    Interesting approach. We’ll (naked Britney Spears) have to (Paris Hilton sex video) try (Lindsay Lohan rehab) that.

    Sixth Borough Paper Forgets Cyndi Lauper’s Ozone Park Upbringing

    0628clauper.jpgThe following correction was found in a Philadelphia Inquirer gossip column, concerning a certain Cyndi Lauper. Lauper, of course, being one of this world’s great examples of the New York accent:

    Yesterday’s Sideshow column identified Cyndi Lauper as a Brit. She is not: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born June 22, 1953, in Ozone Park, N.Y.

    There you have it: Cyndi Lauper = Not British at all.

    LAT in 90 Seconds

    stevesphone.jpgThe Stars — A Line: Cher, Madonna, even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will have to stand in line today (or hire someone to do it for them) to buy an iPhone.

    profile_kilarj.jpgAmazonian To Helm YouTube Rival: It’s gonna take a big man to take on YouTube, but NBC and News Corp. chose Jason Kilar, a little-known ex-Amazon exec to head up their joint online video venture.

    christine_daniels.jpgWelcome To Womanhood: How funny that now that Mike Penner has become Christine Daniels she gets to encounter not only the wonders of uncomfortable footwear, but the joys of insulting assignments. Her new assignment is to write the “Day in LA” column. Could anything sound more toothless than “Day in LA?” Sigh. Welcome to the club, Christine. Trust us, it doesn’t get better.

    Is Janice Min Leaving Us Weekly? Or Just Being Coy?


    Us Weekly EIC Janice Min hasn’t signed her contract with Jann Wenner–what can this mean?

    Is she holding out for more money? After all, she did come up with the Paris moratorium idea. Does she want to transform the gossip/celeb rag into something more worthy?

    Was the Panopticist right

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    Arthur Says Nope, Not Me as ME of LAT

    John M. Arthur says he’s not the new managing editor of the LA Times.

    reports of my ascension are premature–and possibly fabricated

    Or possibly not? Who’d dare to burn Rachel Sklar with a bad tip?

    We’re at the edge of our seats. Is this gripping or what?

    Next: What’s for lunch at the LAT cafeteria.

    John M. Arthur Moves Up to Managing Editor, LA Times

    Paris Hilton- Most Embarrassing, Humiliating Moments

    Paris Hilton might have fooled Larry King,

    but she didn’t fool anyone World of Wonder.