Vladimir Nabokov's Last Will And Testament To Be Ignored

Dmitri Nabokov was in an awkward spot over his father's last book, The Original of Laura. On his deathbed, Nabokov asked Dmitri to destroy his final manuscript. (But Nabokov is such a beautiful writer and this was last work!) After much internal conflict, angry emails and a hallucination, Dmitri has decided to publish… » 4/23/08 5:19pm 4/23/08 5:19pm

Embarrassing Moment Captured For The Internet To See

First Google Maps' "streetview" captured a drug deal. Now the accidental Big Brother has found something even funnier: A bike tumble in Australia. From all of us in New York, to whoever you are Down Under: Ha-ha. [via Kensington Victoria] » 4/23/08 4:24pm 4/23/08 4:24pm

Even the Help is Superior at Whole Food

What could be more mind-numbing than checking out someone else's groceries? No, you have to press yes. No, the green button by the red one. So sometimes checkout people call their friends to pass the time at the most listless job ever. Sure, it's annoying, but who could blame them? Fortunately, checking out free-range… » 4/23/08 4:00pm 4/23/08 4:00pm

Emily Brill to Dad: Internet Notoriety Is a Job!

Today on Essentially Emily, Emily Brill asserts that Nick Denton is not the only reason why people bother to read Essentially Emily. No, they care about the pseudo socialite who is "friends" with Kristian Laliberte because of her dad, former media tycoon and current airport security specialist Steve Brill, and not… » 4/23/08 3:18pm 4/23/08 3:18pm

Doctors Made Mommy Pretty

If you're in the market for a good story-time read, I recommend My Beautiful Mommy, a heartwarming tale of personal growth and breast augmentation by plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer. The book is aimed at helping kids understand that even mommies can be insecure. See, even adults love instant gratification; but for… » 4/23/08 1:38pm 4/23/08 1:38pm

Kids Keep In Touch In Funny Ways These Days

Hey guys, big news from the University of Oxford Press Blog today. Big news. The internet and cell phones have changed—possibly even revolutionized—the way kids keep in touch with one another. Instead of catching up with acquaintances, people just follow their away messages. (Note: I'm almost positive away messages… » 4/23/08 12:55pm 4/23/08 12:55pm

Gawker Stalker For The Ultra-Literary Set

Even if the Brooklyn Literary Scene is dead, or as Colson Whitehead put it, annoying and irrelevant, there still are a lot of writers kicking it in the borough of churches. In today's New York Observer, Fort Greene's own Doree Shafrir made an extensive list of the Brooklyn literarati, including neighborhood listings.… » 4/23/08 11:28am 4/23/08 11:28am

This Romantic Comedy Made No Sense

Other the standard rom-com plot problems with Notting Hill, like two strangers falling in love, the biggest hole in this movie is Hugh Grant's job as the owner of a travel book store. I suppose it's endearing, but really it just makes no sense. His inventory would need to be restocked constantly. And who would even… » 4/22/08 5:23pm 4/22/08 5:23pm

Is 'Home Buying For Hipsters' Actually Just For Tools?

Like "cool," "hipster" is a multivalent word with no set definition but many different meanings. But from a real estate developers' perspective, if you live in Brooklyn, have read a Jonathan Lethem book or have gone to Studio B, you qualify. Sorry! Even so, no real hipster admits to being one. That's worse than saying… » 4/22/08 4:50pm 4/22/08 4:50pm


Sometimes I miss print. At least then, there were space constraints. The internet knows no editing. Today on Salon, constantly wrong-headed advice columnst Cary Tennis fields a 1,300 word question from a melancholy Ivy League student whose primary problem is that she's kinda homesick and no one pays any attention to… » 4/22/08 2:22pm 4/22/08 2:22pm

Motivational Video Filled With Lies

Times are tough for journalists. Sure, there are humorous t-shirts, but that's probably not enough to save the industry. The McClatchy Company, which owns The Sacramento Bee and The Miami Herald, put up a video of their CEO Gary Pruitt to encourage and dupe their employees. In the clip, Pruitt says that no company won… » 4/22/08 1:30pm 4/22/08 1:30pm

Ryan Adams Could Never Say Goodbye To Us

Poor Sheila. The week she chose to frolic abroad, her internet boyfriend, the musician Ryan Adams, seemingly shut down his blog. But even on vacation, she couldn't tear herself away from her work, nay, her love. When news of the shut down came in, she commented, "why is this genuinely upsetting me that his tumblr is… » 4/22/08 11:57am 4/22/08 11:57am

How to Get Hotties to do Your Work For You

Is there anything worse about being a reporter than transcribing? Well, maybe, but listening (and relistening) to tape from an interview is one of the most mind-numbing tasks in journalism. Actually, your mind can't even turn numb, because you need to be at attention the whole time. Added to the fun is hearing your… » 4/22/08 10:25am 4/22/08 10:25am

Parody of News Network Invites on Parody of Blogger

The Harvard educated and camera ready investment banker Muffie Benson-Perella would be a great guest on any business show. Her blog's slogan is "Dive Into the Muff!" And who wouldn't want to? This photogenic business woman is the founder of the Founder of Muff Cap, LLC., "an invitation only, private investment vehicle… » 4/21/08 5:42pm 4/21/08 5:42pm

"That's What She Said": It Always Works

Everyone on the internet loves The Office. And many people on the internet enjoy making lengthy, obsessive YouTube montages of things they like. The benefit of Office boss Michael Scott's favorite catchphrase is that it saves idiots from having to create their own joke whenever there's an opening. ("That's what she… » 4/21/08 5:35pm 4/21/08 5:35pm