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NY Times Names Vanessa Friedman Chief Fashion Critic

The New York Times has found its new fashion critic. Vanessa Friedman, currently the Financial Times’ fashion editor, will join the New York Times next month as fashion director and chief fashion critic.

Friedman is succeeding Cathy Horyn, who left the Times in January.

Friedman had been with the FT since 2003. Prior to that she was features and fashion director for UK InStyle, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly and The Economist.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the Times,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of the paper, in a statement. “She is the perfect journalist to be our leading voice on global fashion.”

In other Times news, Alexandra Jacobs — most recently an editor in the Styles section — has been promoted to fashion critic and fashion features writer. Jacobs has been with the Times since 2010.

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Irina Aleksander Says Goodbye To The New York Observer

The Awl’s Choire Sicha reported that Irina Aleksander left her staff reporter post at The New York Observer today.  Aleksander is expected to take her writing talents to The New York Times style section where she will join former Observer editor Alexandra Jacobs.

Aleksander was the last female name to appear on the Observer‘s masthead and leaves the paper with a staff comprised completely of male writers.

Does Alexandra Jacobs Need an Overqualified Intern?

We were tipped off to this Craigslist ad by anonymous:

I wonder who this is–Alexandra Jacobs lives in Silverlake.

Can we assume that the ‘la magazine’ is Jossip? Here’s the ad:

intern (edit/research) for la magazine writer (silver lake)
Reply to: job-762026435@craigslist.org
Date: 2008-07-19, 8:26PM PDT

Intern (editorial/research) available with national magazine writer/author who holds contributing editorships and contract masthead positions. Please don’t apply if you’re not available to start in August, and please live in Los Angeles, own a laptop with access to broadband Internet, and have a means of transportation.

Applicants will likely be in an MFA program or at the end of their undergrad programs. Please sustain interest in: technology/gadgets, travel, food, culture (from mainstream film/TV to books, serious music to one-hit wonders), health (including recent medical news), style, nutrition, design, literary nonfiction, and essay/memoir. Tasks will introduce you to traditional magazine and newspaper research methods, fact-checking, copy-editing, writing in different tones, different journalistic forms, the writer’s marketplace, how to pitch, editor communiques, putting together book proposals, transcribing, interviewing prominent newsmakers (from the famous to obscure), etc.

The rest of the ad is after the jump but we’ll save you the suspense – there’s no pay. And for the record – we need an intern/slave too. Preferably one that can cook and make furniture.

UPDATE: It’s not Jacobs. She lives somewhere other than Silver Lake. Oh well…we still need an intern that can fact check and hang dry wall.

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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.

Ex-Voice Sex Columnist’s Letter To The Times

rkb_book_tour.jpgEver wondered what happens to a letter to the editor that doesn’t make it into the paper? Yeah, us neither.

Despite what you might think, ex-Village Voice sex columnist and author Rachel Kramer Bussel doesn’t just spend time on sex blog book tours. She also writes letters to the New York Times. And when the Times fails to publish them, she sends them to this Web site, a sort of clearinghouse for rejected letters to editors (which, despite criticism, is not a “not a dumping ground for every letter sent to a ‘letters page,’” say its founders).

Here’s Kramer Bussel’s rejected Times letter from April 6:

To the Editor:

In “Campus Exposure” (New York Times Magazine, March 4, 2007) Alexandra Jacobs fawns over the college students she profiles [regarding their easy going attitude towards posing in the nude and publishing sexually explicit magazines like Boink at Boston University or H Bomb at Harvard — Editor] even as she condemns them. She calls college sex columns “little red-light districts within the respectable black-and-white confines of established school newspapers,” while the TimesStephanie Rosenbloom (“A Disconnect on Hooking Up” March 1, 2007) quoted former Columbia Spectator sex columnist Miriam Datskovsky to counter the more conservative views of author Laura Sessions Stepp just a few days earlier.

Can’t we accept that college-age students are simply more open when it comes to sex than those of us in our thirties, forties, and beyond and not judge them? As a former sex columnist for The Village Voice, I know that those of us who write about sex are often treated with the same level of respect as “sex workers” (read: none). I applaud this generation of sexual entrepreneurs for furthering the conversation about a topic that all of us, no matter our age, are endlessly curious about.

— Rachel Kramer Bussel
Brooklyn, NY

— Emily Million

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