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Artist Holding Hunger Strike Over New Yorker Article

This is great. John Perry, a painter who was portrayed in a New Yorker article as stalking the actor John Lurie, is in day 17 of a hunger strike regarding the article. He says the magazine shouldn’t have published it (uh, in August of 2010, by the way) and won’t eat until a correction is issued.

David Remnick, Editor-in-Chief of The New Yorker, told The New York Post that he’s not going to give in:

The piece was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, and is a fair representation of both sides of the story. We looked into [Perry's] complaints carefully and found nothing to correct or retract. As concerned as we are about his health, we can’t print something we don’t believe is true.

Not only is Perry not eating, he’s also going to Lurie’s house and sitting outside for about eight hours a day. So yes, he’s protesting being portrayed as a stalker by acting like a stalker.

(hat tip to Daily Intel)

Condé Nast’s New Headquarter’s Surprise: Open Floor Seating

Details have been trickling in about Condé Nast’s new world headquarters. It’s located at 1 World Trade Center!  It will be Earth-friendly and hi-tech! Plenty of room for Ralph Lauren‘s limosouine!

But how about some not-so-good news for Condé staffers: the New York Post reports that the new office plan calls for open floor seating in the 1 million square feet of office space. In the current office, walled offices are the rule, and “Condé Nasties fought hard for each square inch of office space.”

Uh-oh. So who has the most to lose?

The toniest digs in the Midtown office, which went to upper level executives and chief editors, such as Anna Wintour, of Vogue; Graydon Carter, of Vanity Fair; or David Remnick, of The New Yorker, were huge offices featuring private bathrooms.

Some executive suites were even said to have showers. That is likely to come to a dramatic end.

“They are very interested in the whole cubicle world,” said one insider.

Yes, the “whole cubicle world” sounds glamorous and fascinating, we know. But personally, we’d take the private showers.

New Yorker Editor David Remnick’s Rant on “Race-Baiting,” “Irrepressible Jackass” Donald Trump

The media at large has been, too put it mildly, a little frustrated with Donald Trump and his various birther/affirmative action/book-writing conspiracy claims. President Obama‘s release of his long-form birth certificate today showed that the frustration has reached its peak, and people just can’t take it anymore. The time for politely biting one’s tongue and waiting to see the fallout is over. The floodgates have been opened, and just watch: Sideshow Don is about to get slammed, even more so than before.

New Yorker editor David Remnick unloaded this rant against Trump in the New Yorker‘s news desk blog today, revealing a quietly building fury toward the bombastic reality TV star:

What is there to say anymore about Donald Trump? That he is an irrepressible jackass who thinks of himself as a sly fox? That he is a buffoon with bathroom fixtures of gold? Why bother, after so many decades? There is no insulting someone who lives in a self-reinforcing fantasy world.

But while the Trump circus is fun to watch, and provides great headlines, there are deeply disturbing undercurrents to it that Remnick wants called out:
Let’s say what is plainly true (and what the President himself is reluctant to say): these rumors, this industry of fantasy, are designed to arouse a fear of the Other, of an African-American man with a white American mother and a black Kenyan father…

Blake Lively, Charlie Rose And An Ex-Caped Crusader

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— DIANE CLEHANE

I just love it when the random celebrity turns up at Michael’s for lunch. It’s always entertaining to watch the usual suspects try to simultaneously network and star gaze. Today’s out-of-left-field appearances represented both new and old Hollywood (just like this year’s Oscars but without James Franco‘s near comatose involvement). For fans of eighties screen gems like the original Batman and Beetlejuice, there was Michael Keaton. The younger demographic was represented by Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, who, it should be said, is even more beautiful (and taller) in person.

There was plenty of Tinseltown talk at my table, too. I was lunching today with producer Joan Gelman and marketing consultant and political commentator Robert Zimmerman, who is keeping busy with appearances on CNN and Fox News. Joan, who has more than paid her dues in television, had this to say about the Oscars: “You need a heavyweight to carry that show. You need a comedian who can make the audience laugh. It was a horribly produced show.”

Maybe so, but we all agreed that Bravo’s Andy Cohen was way out of line to trash the performance of the school kids from Staten Island who closed out the show by singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Appearing on Morning Joe, Cohen told the incredulous hosts that the kids’ performance (which got a standing ovation from the audience) “ruined everything” and that he was so pained by the sight of kids in t-shirts (evidently, he thought they should have dressed up) that he was “looking for a knife to stick in his eyes.”

To that, Robert asked, “The man who is responsible for such high-brow television as The Real Housewives franchise is suddenly the arbiter of good taste and glamour in Hollywood?” Don’t expect an apology anytime soon, either. In the current media climate, said Robert, it’s more than likely Cohen is relishing the attention he’s getting for taking aim at the elementary schoolers. “Creating buzz is more relevant than making sense.” Apparently so.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Hollywood heavyweight Freddie Gershon (Loved the sweater!) with Linda Janklow

2. Spotted: Blake Lively and Vivi Nevo. When this unlikely duo showed up without a reservation, things got a lot more interesting. (One pesky paparazzo seemingly transfixed by the sight of the actress stationed himself outside of the window overlooking the dining room for the entire lunch and refused to move no matter how many times he was asked to leave) We’re more intrigued by Vivi, who, we hear is an Israeli-born venture capitalist and was once engaged to the Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. Could this be the start of another Hollywood romance? Maybe he’s just interested in fashionable folk. After all, the last time we spotted him at Michael’s he was sitting at this very table with Anna Wintour.

3. A trio of social swans: Margo McNabb Nederlander and producers Terry Allen Kramer and Francine LeFrak.

4.  Charlie Rose (who we overheard introducing himself to Michael Keaton) and Universal Pictures CEO Stacey Snider

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Filkins heads to The New Yorker

Dexter Filkins, Middle East correspondent for The New York Times, is leaving for a similar position at The New Yorker. According to WWD, Filkins will not be limited to just that area of the globe. David Remnick, editor at The New Yorker, says in the report, “I’m sure that he will get his fill of Afghanistan and Pakistan, but I’d also be very surprised if he didn’t travel far and wide—whether that’s the Middle East or Africa or India.”

Filkins will report to features director Daniel Zalewski.

Katherine Stirling Is Vanity Fair‘s Articles Editor

Here’s a name to get to know: Katherine Stirling. After a stint as David Remnick‘s assistant and a brief time working with Deborah Needleman at WSJ, Stirling is now Vanity Fair‘s articles editor.

And, according to WWD, the fact that Stirling is but 28 has seemed to work in her favor, with Graydon Carter noting that he was impressed by her “youth and clear intelligence.”

Dan Rather On Journalism|Mags Go Up In Price|New Yorker Dumps Second Fiction Issue|UMD’s Knight Center Closes|Buffett Calls Newspaper Publishers Complacent

TVNewser: An exclusive interview with Dan Rather, part of mediabistro.com’s new Media Beat video series.

Mediaweek: As the print magazine industry continues to struggle, some publishers plan to raise cover prices on a number of titles in the new year.

WWD: The New Yorker is replacing its second fiction issue of the year with a new “world changers” themed issue, on newsstands this week. “I think one is enough for the time being,” editor David Remnick said of the magazine’s fiction issues.

Philip Merrill College of Journalism: The Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland will close at the end of the month. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which supports other journalism training programs at other universities around the country, helped found the center 22 years ago.

Editor & Publisher: Billionaire Warren Buffet, who owns The Buffalo News, says the newspaper industry has gotten too complacent and has relied on an outdated business model for too long. “When the Internet came along, you gave away your [online] product for free and charged for it in another place [print],” he said. “I’m not positive what you would have done differently, but not figuring out some kind of business model was a mistake.”

Check Out The New Yorker‘s Masthead

new yorker cover.jpgCondé Nast weekly The New Yorker doesn’t publish a masthead, so its staff, titles and editorial structure is sort of a well-kept secret. And, it’s one of the few Condé pubs to mostly survive the massive staff cuts that hit the magazine publisher recently. We admit to more than a little curiosity about what that masthead might look like these days.

Being curious himself, The New York Observer‘s John Koblin has done the legwork and put together a masthead for the venerable pub. It’s a hefty list, which includes more than 60 staff writers — although Koblin is quick to point out “that because of the unique, internal logic of the magazine, job titles are a strange thing — someone who may be a staff writer may have only contributed a single piece in the last few years.”

As New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick explained to Koblin:

“If The New Yorker is going to be worthy of the name and achieve a level of prose or accuracy or depth, or if it’s going to give the reporters or writers the time they need to achieve what I hope we can achieve, we can’t do it with a minuscule staff.”

See the full masthead: The Last Magazine Standing

Related: More Cuts At Condé?

Joanne Lipman: A New Prototype of Feminism in Journalism?

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One year ago, Portfolio was on its last legs. After the market saw the biggest plummet in decades, the cover of the business magazine had American Apparel founder Dov Charney on the cover: A misstep for the magazines that some say it never recovered from. The waiting game of Portfolio‘s cut from the Conde Nast empire wasn’t long, and many blamed editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman for the bad turns the title had taken.

Six months later, Lipman is back, in a New York Times weekend editorial, talking about feminism and inequality in the workplace, which some groups have read as her bitter grapes towards Si Newhouse for killing off Portfolio. But her argument is more than just sarcasm towards a former boss: If you don’t think there are still issues of gender divided in the newsroom bullpen, then maybe you should go back and read some Nan Robertson.

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Norman Mailer Colony Gala: A Night of Media, Literary Superstars

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It takes a lot to bring America’s greatest living fiction, non-fiction, and journalism writers into one room, but if one woman could do, it’s Tina Brown. The Daily Beast editor-in-chief hosted the first ever Norman Mailer Colony soiree at Cipriani last night, to celebrate the non-profit in which promising young writers get to live in Norman Mailer’s house in Massachusetts for a week to a month.

Guests included Salman Rushdie, Joan Didion, Richard Goodwin, Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Annie Leibovitz, New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick and master of ceremonies, Calvin Trillin.

Among the revelers were also editors and writers from The Nation, Budget Travel, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Week.

A few pictures from the night after the jump.

Earlier: Norman Mailer Writers Colony To Honor Toni Morrison, David Halberstam

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