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Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Weiner’

New York Times Writer Incurs Wrath of Public Editor for Sexist Material

Andrew Goldman, the regular contributor for The New York Times Magazine’s “Talk” feature, is getting soundly criticized for what some claim to be a pattern of sexist and misogynistic questions during the interviews he conducts. The latest incident even prompted a response from Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor.

In Goldman’s latest interview, he asks the actress Tippi Hedren if she ever thought about having sex with a director to advance her career. Jennifer Weiner, a published author, noticed Goldman’s question, and took to Twitter to criticize him for it — specifically because she thought he had been sexist in the past. Weiner’s tweet prompted Goldman to tweet back to her that she “would have liked at least to have had opportunity to sleep way to top.” Eventually Goldman apologized, and he has since deleted his Twitter account.

Sullivan noticed the incident, and asked Hugo Lindgren, the editor of the Times Magazine, about it.

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Henry Kravis, John Huey & Kim Kardashian’s BFF

1003_mockup.gifThe usual suspects were (mostly) present and accounted for at Michael’s today. The people watching parade included the money men (Henry Kravis), entertainment moguls (Richard Plepler), and social types (Binky Urban) with the random reality show curiosity (Kardashian sidekick Jonathan Cheban) thrown in for good measure.  You were expecting a Real Housewife again, were you? Sorry, we just can’t deliver a Bravolebrity every week.

I was thrilled when Atria Book’s founder and publisher Judith Curr invited me to lunch, since I’ve long been a fan of the  Simon & Schuster imprint. Next year marks Atria’s 10th anniversary, and Judith has plenty of big things lined up for the 80 books she’ll publish in 2012. “It’s our birthday, but ‘the reader’ gets all the presents,” she told me. I’ll say.

Since launching Atria in 2002 with Marlo Thomas‘ runaway best seller, The Right Words at the Right Time, Judith has been the guiding force behind many books  that tapped into the zeitgeist. It was Judith who brought Rhonda Byrne‘s The Secret into the cultural lexicon and helped it sell 20 million copies worldwide in 51 languages. In March, she’ll publish Byrne’s latest, The Magic, which takes readers on a 28-day personal discovery based on the power of gratitude. “I’m up to Day 10,” she told me, explaining that Byrne instructs readers to write down 10 things to be thankful for on a daily basis and to use recitation and affirmations to bring all good things into their lives. “It’s working for me!” she said. We can’t wait to read it.

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Diane Clehane & Judith Curr

Curr’s love of all things books extends to how one looks (“They should be gorgeous!”) and to how a story should resonate with readers. Having worked for Christian Dior in public relations and marketing in her native Australia before landing her first job in publishing in 1996 for Bantam Doubleday Dell, aesthetics have always been a key element in the packaging of her titles. She arrived at lunch today with a copy of the just out Culo By Mazzucco, a stunning tome with over 200 photographs and works of art by Raphael Mazzucco celebrating the female form. Never one to rely on looks alone, Judith also made sure the book had an interesting and headline making point of view. To wit: Culo is edited by Jimmy Iovine and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

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Seinfelds Sued by Missy Chase Lapin

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Missy Chase Lapin, the author of the other cookbook about getting kids to eat vegetables, has filed suit against Jessica Seinfeld and her deep pockets hubby, Jerry Seinfeld.

Jerry made some quips about the triple-monickered Lapin, which the suit calls a

malicious, premeditated, and knowingly false and defamatory attack

GalleyCat has the aftermath.

Novelist Jennifer Weiner has some amusing insights in to the whole “how Jessica met Jerry” saga.