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Richard Rushfield’s Book Party

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Richard Rushfield‘s book party was in a swanky English pub downtown. The kind of place where the shepherd’s pie is served with a baby green salad in a tangy vinaigrette.

Anyway, the place was packed for the release party of Rushfield’s college memoir “Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost.” And yes, in keeping with the theme of the book, we had trouble finding the place.

Pictured above is Gawker editor and author Richard Rushfield and Love Junkie author Rachel Resnick.

More photos after the break…

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Edwards “Love Child” Story Still Not Mainstream News

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The game of chicken being played between the mainstream media and the National Enquirer et. al. (read: the North Carolina News&Observer and the blogosphere) over whether or not to the John Edwards “love child” story entered a new stage today with the publication of photos that allegedly show Edwards with holding the baby in question. With the Olympics about to take over all news coverage for the next two weeks, it looks like Edwards might get a further reprieve from the spotlight, however with the continued attention of the Enquirer not to mention online heavy weights like Mickey Kaus and Jack Shafer, one imagines the MSM will be forced to cover it eventually. That said, at what point does the MSM, such at is it, stop being the measure of real news? When was the last time the networks told us something we didn’t already know?

FBLA Goes to the Party: Weisberg Book Party

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Slate’s Jacob Weisberg read from his new book The Bush Tragedy at a Domino-sponored shindig in Brentwood. 300 guests stormed Arianna Huffington’s mansion house. (Or home, as the invitations read.)

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Adrian Grenier, sporting a beard that would have been a bushy tragedy on anyone else, Tracey Ullman, who does a wicked Arianna herself, and Christine Lahti represented SAG; Dale Launer and Stephen Gaghan were the WGA/DGA guys, and producers were thick on the ground with Lawrence Bender, Mike Medavoy, Irina Medavoy, Sam Goldwyn and George Stevens. Matt Groening had the animation arena all to himself.

Jim Ledbetter gave Arianna a copy of his new collection for Penguin–Karl Marx’s Dispatches for the New York Tribune, stopping her as she was enroute to her office. Gabe Snyder got the story behind her distracted expression: book deadline! (Who else was in the study, anyway?)

Usual coterie of LA media types–Mickey Kaus, Carla Hall, Kevin Roderick, Nick Goldberg, Kim Serafin, Ruth Shalit, Rob Barrett, Roman Genn–let’s move on, shall we?

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Weisberg’s clever wife, Deborah Needleman (she edits Domino) brought her Conde Nast cohorts along–Clemmy Closson and Beth Brenner.

Oscars were discussed perfunctorily, Obama enthusiastically (Rachel Sklar’s cries of plagiarism! were dismissed as business as usual which means those dissing her didn’t read very closely. Or else they were drunk.) Plenty of food and drink, which is unusual for book parties–and lots of copies of the book which looks like a fast read. No need to send it out for coverage.

(photos by Stefanie Keenan for Patrick McMullan)

FBLA Goes to the Party: Los Angeles magazine

Los Angeles magazine threw a deb party for Amy Saralegui , the new publisher. Charming and affable in a long black coat (designed by her brother in law), Salagui had been with Texas Monthly (another Emmis Publishing title), but moved to LA in a flash, and is renting Timothy Leary’s old pad.

There was talk about the WGA strike, but not enough to be a conversational trend.

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Mickey Kaus, Anna Soellner (Center for American Progress), Roland Wiley (RawInternational), Bob Johnson (WithoutABox.com/producer/attorney), Linda Deutch

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Amy Alkon, Ron Kaye

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Kit Rachlis, Amy Saralegui and Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas

Wit’s Autopost: Theresa Duncan Blog Lives On

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Either there’s a ghost or a prankster at the late Theresa Duncan’s blog, The Wit of the Staircase where a new posting has appeared.

An editor’s note says that there’s a New Year’s Eve post coming up, as well.

Duncanologists can dissect the story of Basil Rathbone and a mysterious phone call, as originally told by Dick Cavett, as well as the timing of the post. Or they can say to hell with it.

Tonight’s PBS Frontline offers a look at the funeral home of Thomas Lynch, whose books inspired Six Feet Under, and whose firm buried Duncan. Uncanny, but a coincidence to be relished.

(And in a similar way, Mickey Kaus quotes the late Cathy Seipp.)

Edwards’ Videographer Reille Hunter, aka Lisa Druck, Dated Jay McInerney

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FBLA got cranky emails when we posted about Rielle Hunter, the filmmaker for the John Edwards campaign. We knew there was a story there, and Mickey Kaus agrees. The National Enquirer has something, too. Wonkette rather disingenuously assures us that there’s nothing to see. Radosh thinks there is.

Sam Stein is back with more info at HuffPo. The faithful are appalled.

Hunter’s old website has been found, too. And as Stein reports:

On the deleted pages, the 44-year-old Hunter (formerly known as Lisa Druck) discusses her former hard partying days, her search for enlightenment, and her issues with drugs and debt. There is a 2005 interview she did with one-time boyfriend Jay McInerney, in which the celebrated novelist reveals that Hunter was the basis for Alison Poole, the main character of his book, Story of My Life.

Hunter/Druck’s alleged former drug use isn’t relevant to her work for the Edwards campaign, of course. But why, with all the USC/NYU/UCLA grads begging for work, did he hire this nobody? And why have those videos disappeared?

Earlier:
Rielle Hunter Shows the Real John Edwards

Janet Clayton Exits LA Times

Janet Clayton has resigned from the LA Times, after 30 years. Most recently, she’d been AME of state and local news. So did she jump or was she pushed? The paper’s been told to beef up the local coverage; wouldn’t that be a good thing for her?

And she’d just hired four fresh young (read: cheaper) writers, too.

While the official story is that she left to pursue “other opportunities”, maybe she took Mickey Kaus’ advice:

Janet Clayton, the paper’s well-connected, life-sapping AME, should grab an Annenberg School sinecure while she still can. …

FBLA Goes to the Party: Slate V

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Slate V, the video branch of the online mag, threw a party at the cavernous Avalon last night, complete with open bar, roving waiters, and a big buffet. Infiniti provided the decoration, in the form of a car. No raffle, and the back seat wasn’t big enough for any Tommy Lee action.

Editor Jacob Weisberg looked a little too comfortable with that mic.

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Virginia Postrel’s back in town, working on a new book, with her tall, dark, and handsome UCLA professorial husband, Steve Postrel.
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People were talking about Iraq, the heat, why no one is watching the debates, the heat.

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Mickey Kaus, temporarily blonde-less, Allen Mayer (dreamy, etc.), Slate EP Bill Smee, were all holding court in various power centers.

Investigative types asked us what rewards we’d reaped from the mediabistro.com sale. Perplexed as to how to respond, we looked for Dear Prudence.

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Zell to LAT Editors: Give Readers What They Want

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David Hiller sent out a staff memo giving the official version of Sam Zell’s visit to the LA Times. Mickey Kaus has the more critical observations that Hiller left out, such as

He made a big point of saying the paper had to print what readers wanted to read, not what LAT editors wanted them to read

Timeslink, the internal network at Spring Street has a video of Zell’s remarks and a Q &A, but Hiller or someone must think it’s too revealing for just anyone to see. Even the Newspaper Guild guy for Tribune hasn’t seen it.

(collage by Valleywag)

Mirthala Salinas and Mayor Villaraigosa: Does the Romance Cost the City?

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The LA Times dutifully kept the heat on Telemundo temptress Mirthala Salinas and Mayor Villaraigosa, sort of. As Mickey Kaus points out, the LAT considers her the victim, with the last line in the piece:

“She is a community figure; people relate to her and respect her,” said Rochelle Newman-Carrasco, chief executive of Enlace, an L.A. communications marketing firm that specializes in Latino media. “Spanish-language news anchors are not just readers of the news. They are the voice of the community; they are advocates for the community and role models.

Passing quickly over the role model part, Luke Ford wonders why dating politicans is worthy of respect. Mayor Sams’ commentors agree, in their fashion.

Eric Longabardi, of ERSNews, has the latest on a female security officer hand-picked by Villaraigosa, who also assures AP’s Michael Blood that no tax-payer monies have paid for nookie, locations for nookie, transport for nookie, but security during nookie? That’s a different story.

Poor Andres Martinez. Remember him–the op-ed section guy who dated a woman in PR, whose client he tapped to guest-edit a section, and his semi-conflict of interest problem? The LA Times wasn’t very concerned about his career.

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