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Maureen Dowd Asks: Is Anna Wintour Human?

There’s something about Maureen Dowd‘s column in The New York Times yesterday that just rubs us the wrong way, but we’re having a tough time putting a finger on it.

Dowd discussed Vogue‘s Anna Wintour in light of the upcoming documentary centered on the fashion bible’s 2007 September issue. It was a chance for Dowd to really tell us something we didn’t know about Wintour. Instead, she talks about her diet, her clothes and her likeness to Meryl Streep‘s character in Devil Wears Prada. The column isn’t serious, it mocks the famously frosty editor. It seems like an unoriginal way to attack a familiar target. If she wants to criticize, can’t Dowd find something new about Wintour to pick on?

“So the question invariably arises: Behind those bangs and dark glasses, is Anna human? Or did she tie Hermes scarves together and make a daring escape from District 9 in a getaway car driven by Oscar de la Renta?”

Although many a shell-shocked assistant may have wondered the same thing, isn’t there something else the New York Times columnist could have latched on to? As the documentary, “The September Issue,” prepares to hit screens on Friday, many journalists, fashionistas and movie reviewers are focusing on Wintour (in fact, the Times ran a great story about the movie last wek) and we don’t blame Dowd for jumping on the bandwagon. Especially when she was “sitting a stiletto’s throw away” from Wintour at Graydon Carter‘s Monkey Bar after the doc’s screening at the Museum of Modern Art. But unfortunately, her attempts at humor have all been done before, namely in The Devil Wears Prada, which Dowd references more than once.

It was a chance to comment on a major New York media player, but what could have been the column equivalent of a five-inch Louboutin stiletto just ended up feeling like a well-worn pair of flats.

What do you think about Dowd’s take on Wintour? And are you as excited for “The September Issue” as we are?

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Debut Novelist Hyatt Bass Hits Up The Menu

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven are joined by author Hyatt Bass.

Bass and the boys talked about her debut novel “The Embers,” among other topics. Bass described her book as a story about “redemption and the triumph of family bonds.” The former filmmaker wrote the novel after her ideas didn’t seem to come together as a screenplay, she said.

But the book’s debut has been met with a little bit of drama: many guests invited to Bass’s book launch party earlier this week were turned away from the door of the ritzy private club where it was held due to the strict dress code. Bass told the story of her friend, poet Denver Butson, who was denied entrance because he was wearing sandals and an open collar. After running out a buying the cheapest pair of shoes and tie he could find, Butson returned to the party to find Oscar de la Renta offering a hand to his wife. “He’s very happy with his new purchases and the story that goes with it,” Bass laughed.

Other topics discussed include “The Catcher in the Rye” sequel saga, CNN‘s use of copyrighted video footage over the last few days and Gov. Mark Sanford‘s book deal.

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

Fashion Week: Paparazzi Hope Season Serves Up Wintour/ Federer Shot

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Don’t believe the rampant rumors currently keeping harried fashion flacks up at night that Fashion Week will be light on the celebs this go-round. With Manhattan-centric — and style-obsessed shows — like ABC’s Cashmere Mafia and NBC’s Lipstick Jungle filming around town, bet on at least one Brooke Shields or Lucy Liu appearance to liven things up. Interestingly enough, according to at least one veteran photog who stakes out-the tents at Bryant Park, one of the week’s most sought-after photos of the week isn’t of any calorically-challenged celeb but of newly-minted BFFs Anna Wintour and Roger Federer. “That’s the shot every New York outlet wants,” says the lensman.

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