Asshole Cannot Find Pen; Writes Entire NYT Trend Piece About It

Even by the standards of fake trend pieces in the The New York Times, today's column in about "The Demise of the Pen" in—where else?—the fashion and style section is exceptionally breathtaking in its presumptuousness. Join me now and marvel aswriterer Nick Bilton turns a moment of sheer banality into a full-blown… » 7/24/14 10:09am 7/24/14 10:09am

What The Fuck Does This Thomas Friedman Hockey Metaphor Mean?

Thought leader Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has written a column about the Ukraine crisis, in which he argues, well, who knows. A good quarter of it is just an extended excerpt from a 16-year-old interview with George Kennan, who didn't think that committing to wage nuclear war on behalf of Eastern European… » 4/09/14 4:47pm 4/09/14 4:47pm

Can Writing Be Assessed? A Five-Paragraph Essay

The New York Times had yet another of its delightful "Room for Debate" sessions, in which various experts throw quick-take opinions on a subject past one another. The subject: Was the College Board right to have decided to make the essay portion of future SAT tests optional? Or, more broadly, "Can Writing Be Assessed? » 3/11/14 2:26pm 3/11/14 2:26pm

​Relax, the United States Will Not Dismantle Our Perpetual War Machine

The front page of today's New York Times has astonishing news for a nation accustomed to life on an eternal war footing: Defense secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed shrinking the United States military to a size, as the subheadline puts it, "Equal to That of 1940." Online, where the subheads are more expansive, the… » 2/24/14 5:59pm 2/24/14 5:59pm

Mike Rice Is Trying To Become A Real Human Being

In The New York Times, our pal Jonathan Mahler has a great profile of disgraced ex-Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice. You probably remember Rice as the crazy guy in this video, the one firing basketballs at his players' heads and calling them faggots. Now, Rice is on the well-trod path that every disgraced public… » 11/08/13 12:19pm 11/08/13 12:19pm

The First Three Sentences In The NYT Magazine's Profile Of Martin…

It's something of a treat when a serious literary concern, such The New York Times Magazine, heads to the rink to cover the NHL. Like a highbrow SportsCenter, this corner of the media never pays puck much regard. So: how is Charles McGrath's new profile of Martin Brodeur? It starts like this: » 2/21/13 7:17pm 2/21/13 7:17pm