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Jane Pratt: ‘I was definitely doing everything I could to get Cat Marnell into rehab’

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You remember Cat Marnell, right? The xojane.com blogger who famously infused her writing of lipsticks and beauty balms with tales of her own drug use.

Well, Mediabistro caught up with Jane Pratt, founder of xojane and Jane and Sassy before that, to find out if she had any regrets about hiring such a controversial scribe. 

“I was definitely doing everything I could to get her into rehab, which she did do, and encouraging her to get better for herself,” Pratt said in the latest So What Do You Do? interview. ”But I don’t think that her writing about it is what made her do it. I think it’s a lot deeper than that, and writing about it was cathartic for her and helpful to other women who were going through that.” 

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Jane Pratt, Editor-in-Chief of xojane.com?

 

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Jane Pratt to Magazine Editors: Kill the ‘Magazine Speak’

Jane PrattAfter founding Sassy and Jane, Jane Pratt launched xojane.com in 2011 so she could speak frankly to female audiences, a voice that she says was sorely missing from print pubs.

“It still amazes me that a lot of women’s magazines in particular will use this magazine speak, this terminology.” Pratt told Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?. “Like instead of saying ‘your hair,’ they’ll say ‘your mane’ or ‘your tresses.’ And I always feel like if someone says ‘your lackluster tresses’ instead of ‘your dirty hair,’ you feel like they’re not telling you the whole truth. I feel like that makes you as a reader say, ‘Well, if they’re lying to me about that, what else are they lying to me about?’

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jane Pratt, Editor-in-Chief of xojane.com?

Nicholas Braun

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. WNBC is Quiet as Sue Simmons Delivers Final Newscast Tonight, June 15
  2. Sue Simmons Ends Historic Run at WNBC, Wants to Be ‘Employed Somewhere Else at Some Point,‘ June 16
  3. Writer Quits XOJane to Do More Drugs, June 14
  4. WLNY Morning Team for Live from the Couch, June 18
  5. Alec Baldwin Punches Daily News Photographer, References Trayvon Martin, June 19
  6. Jonah Lehrer‘s Situation Gets Worse [Update], June 20
  7. WNBC Names Shiba Russell as Sue Simmons‘ Replacement, June 18

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Writer Quits XOJane to Do More Drugs, June 14
  2. Anna Wintour Admits Glorifying Mass Murderers Isn’t a Good Idea, June 11
  3. Patch Sets Records for Revenue and Traffic, June 11
  4. New Yorker Cover Pokes Fun at Bloomberg Soda Ban (left), June 13
  5. WNYW Airs Tweet From Newark Mayor Cory Booker About Relationship with President Obama, June 8
  6. Warner Fusselle, Brooklyn Cyclones, Veteran Baseball Announcer, Dies at 68
  7. Veteran WINS Reporter Terry Sheridan Jumps Ship to WEMP, June 10

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Writer Quits XOJane to Do More Drugs

Cat Marnell, a beauty editor for xojane.com, makes your FishbowlNY editors sad. Why? Well, according to The New York Post, Marnell is leaving her spot at xojane because she wants to concentrate on doing more drugs.

Of course ingesting stimulants is nothing new for Marnell. She often wrote about it on the site and her posts were extremely popular. But getting xojane page views by falsely glorifying addiction was not enough for Marnell. She told the Post that it was time to move on, after she couldn’t deal with a company-imposed stint in rehab:

I’m always on drugs. Look, I couldn’t spend another summer meeting deadlines behind a computer at night when I could be on the rooftop of Le Bain looking for shooting stars and smoking angel dust with my friends and writing a book, which is what I’m doing next.

We would blast Marnell for throwing away an opportunity that many writers would kill for, but there’s no point.

Hopefully one day Marnell is able to fix whatever holes she has inside with something other than drugs. That journey probably won’t be as fun as getting high and looking at the stars, but we imagine it’ll lead to better things.

Jane Pratt’s Website Off to a Rough Start

Yesterday Jane Pratt launched her new website, xojane.com, and just as we expected, the beginning was a little rough around the edges. As Maura Johnston at the Village Voice points out, there was a piece longing for more female singer-songwriters, even though there’s actually plenty of those on the radio if one actually listens. Johnston rattles off a few names of artists in her criticism of the xojane article, but her reply to a commenter sums it up well:

This bit of dreck kind of reminds me of a piece I recently read that was all, ‘WHERE ARE THE DARIAS ON TV NOW?’ that should have really been titled ‘Nobody is telling me about the snarky smart women on tv and I can’t exactly be arsed to go FIND them.’ Just lazy lazy lazy, especially when you have, I don’t know, the WHOLE INTERNET in front of you. And no, Jane, your edits don’t help. They only call attention to the amateurism.

Boom!

Johnston and Choire Sicha at The Awl came right out and nailed xojane, but The Hairpin – one of xojane’s competitors – posted a flimsy welcome to at least act like it was excited about the content on the new site. But shockingly enough, the commentors on The Hairpin weren’t too pleased with xojane either.

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