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Archives: September 2010

New Gig For Ruth Reichl

It’s been almost exactly one year since Gourmet magazine shut its doors, and left editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl unemployed. So her many fans should be pleased to hear that Reichl has taken a position with Random House as an editor-at-large, and has more books on the horizon. From the LA Times blog Daily Dish:

Apparently, Reichl, already a bestselling author, has contracted for three books, two of which will be nonfiction, including “The Tao of Ruth,” which she says was suggested in an Anthony Bourdain story (wonder what Twitter phenomenon “Ruth Bourdain” will have to say about that?). The other will be the latest installment in her memoirs, covering the years at Gourmet. Food gossip fans are already salivating. In addition, there are plans for her first novel, “Delicious.”

Prior to Gourmet, Reichl was a food critic for the NY Times, and a food editor and critic at the LA Times.

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  • Jonathan Lethem Named David Foster Wallace’s Professor Successor – GalleyCat
  • The New York Times Magazine Has Named A New Editor – FishbowlNY
  • Layoffs At DC’s Vertigo Imprint - MediaJobsDaily
  • CBS News London Bureau Cuts Staff - TVNewser
  • WomensRadio Launches WR Music Channel - WebNewser
  • How Sweet It Is: Sugar Inc. Seeks New York Fashion Editor

    If you love style and shopping, we have just the gig for you. Sugar Inc. is on the hunt for a New York fashion editor, who can spot trends before they explode; hone in on who and what a celebrity is wearing; and point out the best places to get all of the above.

    Beyond knowing what’s hot this season, you should be comfortable with researching, writing and producing daily content for Sugar Inc., including features, interviews and how-tos. You’ll attend many events, such as New York Fashion Week, and be expected to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry.

    To be considered, you’ll need three to five years of experience in fashion writing/editing for print or online. You should be willing to work nights and weekends for special events and be able to turn around clean, witty copy in a flash. If you think this job fits your style, apply here.

    Tony Curtis Dies at 85

    Tony Curtis, the man who dressed up in drag opposite Jack Lemmon and Marylin Monroe in “Some Like it Hot,” died yesterday of cardiopulmonary arrest in Henderson, Nevada. He was 85.

    “My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages,” actress Jamie Lee Curtis, his daughter, said in a statement. “He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world.”

    More from the LA Times’ obit:

    Starting out in 1949 as a contract player at Universal, Curtis broke out as a leading Hollywood actor in 1952 with “Son of Ali Baba.” It was, however, a mixed blessing because the film also made Curtis the lifelong butt of a joke about his New York accent when he said: “Yonder lies the castle of my faddah.” Rarely did his delivery of this line not come up during press interviews, but Curtis never saw the humor, saying it was “not just a put-down of New Yorkers but of Jews.” Read more

    Pandora’s Box | Smile With Your Eyes | Mind The Gap

    • FishbowlLA: The porn version of Avatar proves that Hustler is like Christmas, only it comes much, much more than once a year.
    • FishbowlDC: A Botox cafe, how fun! Because who doesn’t love looking like the Joker if he’d been mauled by an angry raccoon?
    • Animal NY: Ukraine is not the only place where, if you grope a woman on, say, the Uptown 1 train at Columbus Street Station, she’ll rip your boys off.
    • Twitter: Makes sense.

    Plagiarism at AOL’s West Hollywood Patch

    When local blogger Alissa Walker of discovered a portion of an obituary she had written for John Chase had been plagiarized by AOL-owned website West Hollywood Patch, she contacted the site’s editor. The Informer at LA Weekly has published the email response Walker received from Patch editor Nancy C. Rodriguez:

    My calendar editor wrote the obit for me. I’ll have him update the obit … Would you mind sending me some information about John Chase…his significant role to West Hollywood, his character and any contributions to the city? It would be helpful information for our calendar editor.

    Wow. The editor actually asked a writer her employee had just stolen from to do more of their work for them. No apology. No promise to correct or remove the stolen material. And apparently, no shame.

    The obit was eventually taken down and the author fired. West Hollywood Patch appropriately issued an apology. But in light of new charges of plagiarism over at New Rochelle Patch, it makes us wonder if AOL made good on their promise to hire journalism professionals.

    Related: Patch, the WalMart of News? by LA Weekly‘s Tibby Rothman

    Meg Whitman Pays Bloggers Better Than She Pays the Help

    What do bloggers and maids of indeterminate legal working status have in common? They don’t get paid very well. That is, unless you work for Meg Whitman. Well, as you probably heard, Whitman’s undocumented housekeeper didn’t get paid very well. But her bloggers sure do.

    As the Daily Caller’s Jonathan Strong reported last week, Whitman has consistently paid upwards of 1,000 percent the market rate for advertising space on the conservative blog Red Country. She’s been paying $15,000 a month for advertising all year for a site that only gets 125,000 unique viewers per month. That’s a buck for every 8 people. Not bad.

    In related news, this Fishie would like to announce the launch of his new investigative blog, “Meg Whitman is a strong, family-oriented patriot who’s good for America and California and may just be the female reincarnation of Jesus Christ himself — and Jerry Brown smells like doo doo.”

    H/T The eXiled

    ReadyMade Holds Its First Celebrate Design Event

    Earlier this week, ReadyMade magazine held its first “Celebrate Design” event at Cooper Classic Cars on Perry Street. Those who attended sampled chocolates from Taza, sipped cocktails and were treated to music and original art. Guests are also invited to participate in a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.

    Artists whose works were featured at the event include :

    • Daniel Mihalik ( – Daniel uses underutilized, unconventional materials like cork to create chairs, dishes, benches and more.
    • Robin Antar ( – Robin’s “realism in stone” sculptures include m&m’s, Diesel jeans and a No. 2 pencil.
    • Carol Quint ( – Carol’s process involves creating, recycling and reconstruction results in sculptures, photographs and etchings.
    • Justin Gignac (www. – Justin’s work includes sculptures using NYC garbage and a series of paintings titled “Wants for Sale” – He and his wife paint things that they want, then sell the painting for the price of the real item.
    • UM Project ( – The UM Project specializes furniture and interiors

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    The Avatar Porno We’ve All Been Waiting For

    Well, maybe not all of us. But surely someone out there is going to want to watch This Ain’t Avatar, Hustler’s XXX parody of the highest grossing film of all time. The L.A.-based adult entertainment company claims to have spent three times the normal budget for a porn film.

    Hat tip Perez Hilton

    nextNY Flips Burgers for NY Tech Scene at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park

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    Last night the entrepreneurial meetup group nextNY treated members of the New York tech community to free burgers, fries and shakes at the @shakeshack III event in Madison Square Park. The organization also teamed up with event sponsors to give out Community Awards to this year’s standout businesses and entrepreneurs, which were selected through an online poll.

    The crowd gathered under a white tent for conversation and cups of Shackmeister while Shake Shack staffers passed around trays of food, which probably broke the record for the shortest wait time at Shake Shack by several hours.  We spotted Entrepreneur of the Year nominee Dennis Crowley from Foursquare, Mediabistro’s own Joe Ciarallo from Most Buzzworthy Startup nominee Buddy Media and David Ambrose from Best E-mail Driven Startup nominee Scoop St., as well as Tony Bacigalupo from New Work City and CIO Wayne Mulligan, who pretended to be from Groupon (nice try). As of yesterday, the full list of finalists included:

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