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New Yorker‘s Greenman Joins The Menu To Talk Media Headlines And His Book, “Please Step Back”

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed New Yorker editor and author of the novel “Please Step Back” Ben Greenman to discuss the biggest media headlines of the day.

First the team discussed a Times of London story about a Morgan Stanley intern’s report on teenager’s Twitter use — or lack thereof. “The sample size is tiny,” Greenman pointed out. “The thing about it that struck me is that someone is woefully behind the curve still, whether it’s the bankers who think that this report matters…or the newspaper that reports it…Go somewhere where the habits are different…and you might get a different report that will shock people in another way.”

Also discussed: BusinessWeek‘s possible sale and the New Yorker‘s plan to survive the recent media downturn.

Greenman also talked about his new novel, which is based in the 1960′s and 1970′s and follows the life of a funk rock star loosely based on Sly Stone. “At that time, top music was at the center of a lot of different conversations about race relations and about Vietnam and about political upheaval and youth culture,” Greenman explained.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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New L Sex Column Looks To Fill Voice Void

aference_lmagazine.jpgThe L magazine, the not-really-but-they-like-to-call-themselves pocket-sized street guide, introduced a new sex column, “The Natural Redhead,” which they are touting as filling “the void left by the Voice’s dropping of Rachel Kramer Bussel in favor of the celibate bourgeoisie.”

We’ll let the columnist herself, Audrey Ference, explain her vision:

The new column’s going to be a Q-and-A format, with you guys providing the Qs and me providing the As. What it’s not going to be is one of those ones where I go to a fisting festival and break the world record for fisting. If you want to see fisting festival talk, you’ll have to bring it up yourself. Sorry. But if you have a sex problem, or if you have an enemy whose name you would like to see connected with throat gonorrhea in print, or if you are fulfilled in some way by writing fake questions about sex problems and having them answered as though they were real, then drop me a line.

Perfect!

Kramer Bussel, by the way, gives up the story of her “first-time” alongside other writer-y New York lumniaries like Jonathan Ames and the New Yorker‘s Ben Greenman for L‘s “Losin’ It.”