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When a McSweeney’s Writer Meets Tired Rom-Com Cliches

This is the funniest send-up of Hollywood rom-com love scenes we’ve read in a long time. “I Want to Make Love to You Like In the Movies” is the latest offering on McSweeney’s from regular contributor Josh Gondelman and we have to thank THR.com editor Chris Krewson for bringing it to our attention via Twitter.

Gondelman’s piece adopts the format of a love letter to a girlfriend. Filtered through the love scene cliches and other rote formula of modern era studio rom-coms. Here’s just a taste:

I want to take you home to my apartment. Though my living space is unfeasibly large and furnished well beyond my means with Crate & Barrel accouterments, you’ll find it unacceptably messy because men, right? Once we get inside, I’m going to tear your clothes off. But, I’ll leave the bra on…

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Dave Eggers’ Inflamatory Onion Interview

Dave Eggers_1.2.jpgYou know that it’s a slow news day (except for those at CES liveblogging, of course) when the biggest scandal to hit the Web since Monday is a Dave Eggers‘ interview with The Onion‘s A.V. Club. Oh my, did he twee someone to death?

Not quite: Eggers, whose most recent project post-Where The Wild Things Are has been The San Francisco Panorama (a giant $16 glossy version of McSweeney’s that will hopefully usher back the era of print, at least in literary discussions), provoked some major criticism for his quotes in the article, where he lambastes his former employer, The San Francisco Weekly, and called the print business model “so simple.” Yikes.

The Weekly fought back, calling Eggers’ poo-pooing of third party advertisers in newspapers “too tidy” and remarking, “Could it be that Eggers is lying about his supposed proclivity for reading newspapers? Did he bump his head and forget that he worked for one that ran on an all-advertising model?”

We know that while McSweeney’s, Wholphin, The Believer, and other Eggers projects try to retain the image of being too smart for conventional methods, The Weekly may have a point. You can’t rely on your readers to shell out more money for a product before you demonstrate that it’s superior to everything else out there. And even once you do, as National Public Radio has shown us, there’s no guarantee you’re going to start seeing profits.

Read More: Dave Eggers on his favorite things about newspapers –A.V. Club

Purported Newspaper Lover Dave Eggers Coy About Newspapering PastSan Franciso Weekly

Eggers in the Onion; Weekly not Laughing –BayNewser

Previously: McSweeney’s Launches Print Project, Panorama

McSweeney’s Launches Print Project, Panorama

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Our sister site Baynewser sat down recently to interview McSweeney’s ‘s publisher Oscar Villalon about their print newspaper project, San Francisco Panorama, which is the latest issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly. Villalon says he hopes the project will reinvigorate the newspaper business:

“There’s plenty of inspiration within newspapers. We’re kind of hoping the Panorama becomes a touchstone for folks, reminding them, ‘Those ideas you had? They are good ideas, and this is how they might look like.’”

But will people pay $16 for this latest project?

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Business & Financial Reporting Emmy Noms Announced|CNN Protest In LA|A Look At McSweeney’s Broadsheet|Staten Island Advance Seeks To Trim Staff|Google’s Schmidt Values Editors

TVNewser: Nominees for the Business and Financial Reporting Emmy Awards we announced today. CBS gathered the most nods with 15 while PBS garnered four and CNBC and BBC America each received three.

FishbowlLA: 60 to 70 protesters gathered outside CNN‘s Los Angeles office today, protesting biased reporting by the news network of the debate over a public health insurance option.

BayNewser: A sneak peek at McSweeney’s upcoming broadsheet project.

Editor & Publisher: State Island Advance is looking for 40 staffers to take buyouts in order to avoid layoffs. The buyout offers include two weeks’ pay for every year of service up to six months of salary, along with medical coverage.

Nieman Journalism Lab: Google’s Eric Schmidt answered questions about how and why Google now distinguishes between news organizations and blogs in its search. “My guess is…it has a lot to do with the infrastructure around the writer. So a blog that’s associated with a major, legitimate organization…would be, I think, treated differently than an individual blogger who’s using his or her right of free expression to say whatever he thinks. So the presence of an editor, as an example. You know, an editor that’s not your mom.”

Keeping Short Stories Alive: Five Chapters On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifIt was a literary day on the media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast today, as hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed David Daley, the founder of short story Web site FiveChapters.com.

Daley, a former features editor at Details who has also done work for McSweeney’s and The Journal News, founded Five Chapters in 2006 to serialize unpublished short stories. The site features each story in five parts over the course of one week, from Monday through Friday.

“I’m looking for standalone short stories because you want people to feel like they’ve read something complete over the course of the week,” Daley said, explaining his selections for Five Chapters. “And sometimes when you’re excerpting from a novel it doesn’t have that feeling of completeness.”

In talking about the growth of blogs and online publications, Daley said the Internet has democratized the format, “allowing someone like me to run a literary journal,” but it has also taken the money out of the picture. Many of the places that used to publish short fiction no longer do, Daley said, leaving writers few options for making money.

Also discussed: recent media layoffs like those to come soon at Forbes magazine, and how they are affecting the industry.

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On The Menu: Classic Literature For The Facebook Generation

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Today’s mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast featured freelance writer and author Sarah Schmelling, who has written the social media satire “Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook.”

Schmelling spoke with hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about how she came up with the idea for her book, which envisions what famous literary characters and works would look like translated into Facebook news feeds, profile pages, groups and events. She talked about submitting a piece first to McSweeney’s, which has become a go-to place for comedy writers although it doesn’t pay for the work it publishes.

“A lot of writers, especially right now, really want to get paid,” Schmelling said. “But I would argue, especially after this experience, that just being published online like that in a place that a lot of people are going to see is so worth it. It really doesn’t matter that they don’t pay anything…I would really recommend that anyone submit there.”

Also discussed: Congressman Joe Wilson‘s inappropriate outburst during President Barack Obama‘s speech on health care reform last night and Wilson’s subsequent Twitter celebrity and MTV’s recent hire of a Twitter correspondent, iJustine.

You can learn more about Schmelling and her book at www.maidenswhodontfloat.

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