Writing Lessons: Philip Gourevitch Is a Bad Blogger

Philip Gourevitch took to the New Yorker blog yesterday to publish some words about the Germanwings crash. The resulting blog post is very bad—so bad it is worth taking as a case study in how not to do aggregation. » 3/27/15 4:34pm Friday 4:34pm

I wouldn't even say "at least." Tarkanian was the genuinely honorable outlaw, unafraid to voice his contempt. Calipari may make a mockery of the system, but he won't jeopardize his blue-chip job by mocking it. » 3/27/15 10:37am Friday 10:37am

"I actually want to live in a world where Jonah [Lehrer] should get another chance, even though I really understand that he made some really stupid mistakes," Jon Ronson, author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed, tells New York magazine. Lehrer's next book, The Smarter Screen, is available for preorder from Amazon.… » 3/26/15 12:39pm 3/26/15 12:39pm

Fran Lebowitz's sartorial opinions are fun but the part of this interview to which everyone truly needs to attend is the part where she refuses to talk unless it's on a landline or in person. Mobile phones are worthless for interviews, or for anything beyond brief yelling, and it is past time to stop pretending. » 3/25/15 12:32pm 3/25/15 12:32pm

​Ted Cruz Announces His Candidacy to Morons He'd Never Study With

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Admires Writers Like Ian McEwan and Megyn Kelly

The New York Times Book Review interviewed author and professional provocative person Ayaan Hirsi Ali for its "By the Book" column this week. Here is part of the Q&A: » 3/20/15 4:17pm 3/20/15 4:17pm

OK, but here's a thing: your own presentation here, despite its best intentions, helps to reify the idea that American "racial groups" are biological categories. You're saying that the different outcomes experienced by black children and white children are, when properly statistically analyzed, the product of social… » 3/19/15 9:51am 3/19/15 9:51am

Abu Dhabi Successfully Exports Academic Repression to NYU

How in the world are you construing a perp walk to be better than a mugshot? A mugshot is a piece of documentation being prepared by the police for their own record-keeping purposes; its dissemination through the press is secondary. » 3/10/15 3:59pm 3/10/15 3:59pm

Politico's Dylan Byers Works for Fox News PR

Dylan Byers, the dumbest media reporter alive, has typed up some thoughts at The Politico about, as his headline puts it, "Why the Bill O'Reilly charges aren't sticking." Aren't they? Or at least, isn't their "sticking" or not "sticking" in some way related to the work of a media desk such as The Politico's? » 2/23/15 3:20pm 2/23/15 3:20pm

You know, you just spent at least $1,000 to buy me a new computer because my previous computer, which came new out of the box less than four years ago and which was not being used in any unusually demanding ways, was starting to fail. Because you are deeply loyal to a brand of consumer electronics that has discovered… » 2/16/15 5:30pm 2/16/15 5:30pm

No Hitter Has Ever Been More Terrifying Than Albert Belle In This Game

July 25, 1999. Orioles versus Angels in Turn Ahead the Clock Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, hence the hideous monochrome sleeveless trashbag novelty jerseys. Albert Belle batting cleanup. » 2/16/15 3:57pm 2/16/15 3:57pm

Yeah, the gasoline situation in Connecticut is horrifying. Highway signs will claim there's gas and it turns out to be like 10 miles away after three turnings on rural highways. At least, that's how it was 15 or 20 years ago, the last time I tried. Because the good news is that since the only reason anyone would be in… » 2/04/15 11:04pm 2/04/15 11:04pm

​Jet-Setting Freeloader Chris Christie Is Ready to Lead America

By certain unimaginative standards, Chris Christie is an employee of the State of New Jersey, with an annual salary of $175,000. But as the New York Times documents today, that doesn't prevent him from enjoying a lifestyle well beyond those apparent limits. » 2/03/15 4:53pm 2/03/15 4:53pm