"The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people dont get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand in or the fabric of my curtains and never ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN!" Madonna wrote. … [Read more...] about Madonna Said She Felt ‘Raped’ by New York Times Magazine Profile
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Your Hero Is Not Dead is “a personal response” to those “anxieties and fears”, and finding a way through them. His lyrics aren’t particularly prescriptive, although Big Nothing Glow, about encountering a childhood friend who lived rough on the streets, cuts more than most. The album luxuriates in mood and tone instead: it sounds both melancholy and sanguine, “the sweet point in pop music between happiness and sadness,” says Westerman, “where it seems to be both.” … [Read more...] about Westerman: ‘Music is an incredibly helpful thing to have in difficult times’
Unlike Hays, Tyrangiel—who was an alien presence when he arrived at the company as the designated golden boy to shake things up, and inspired Old Guard resentment as he achieved ever-increasing influence over Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Markets magazine, Bloomberg Digital, Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg Projects and investigations, as well as the Washington bureau—nurtured a friendly if occasionally fractious relationship with the owner. … [Read more...] about Why Bloomberg’s Top Editor Quit—and Why It Shows Mike Bloomberg Is Back in Charge
For a long time, Epstein seemed untouchable. And even after a 2018 investigation by the Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown led to renewed prosecutorial interest in the financier and to his being taken into custody in New York, he remained unknowable. The meme sparked by his death by hanging last year in a prison cell—“Epstein didn’t kill himself”—points to the murkiness of even his demise. Salacious questions abound: Did Epstein routinely provide politicians, royals, and public figures with trafficked women, some of them underage, to compile a dossier of blackmail material? Possibly, according both to one of his accusers, who claims his Virgin Islands home was wired with cameras, and to heavy hints made by Epstein himself. Was he a transhumanist who wanted his head and penis to be frozen after his death? Apparently. How did he build his fortune? Despite substantial efforts at untangling his wealth, no one really knows. … [Read more...] about How Is Jeffrey Epstein Still So Elusive?
There are other categories, too, like the stunt piece where you can't tell if it's a parody or not ("I'm 23 and Dressed as Royal Baby Prince George For a Week") and the stunt piece that's so mundane it barely qualifies as a stunt ("I Tried Waking Up an Hour Earlier Every Day for a Week") and the stunt piece that doesn't follow through on its headline ("I Paid This Company $30 to Break Up with My Girlfriend") and the stunt piece that's been done way too many times before (see: "I Let My Boyfriend Dress Me for a Week" boyfriends, as ranked by Gawker). Bad writing can sink a good premise, but good writing can also lift a ho-hum stunt: "I Stopped Giving My Husband Blow Jobs for a Month," by Cosmopolitan's mystery writer, turns out to be a very funny rumination on sexual routines and sacrifices in a relationship. It all depends on the writer. "I'll read David Foster Wallace drinking bone broth for a week," says Larson, "but it's just not as interesting when it's a young person starting out … [Read more...] about Are We Living in a Golden Age of Stunt Journalism?
Denton, though not the most dangerous scumbag in the world, did make a lot of enemies in his capacity as founder of a gossip blog widely loathed by the celebrity class. Gawker enraged Lena Dunham, outed Peter Thiel and Shepard Smith, referred to Zoe Saldana's infant twins as "hipster scum" and—a personal favorite—once described Ted Cruz as a "noted skin-haver." The site's frequently barbed coverage of the rich and famous opened it up to lawsuits and made it something of a villain in celebrity circles. "They were really good at making enemies," says Nik Richie, the blogger who runs the gossip site TheDirty.com from the West Coast. … [Read more...] about Joe Francis’s Secret War Against Gawker