If A.J. Liebling represents the best tendencies of The New Yorker, then you, Adam Gopnik, represent the very worst: relentless undeserved self-fascination, intolerable elitism, and abiding belief in the fundamental importance of your fucking dog. The group “H.L. Mencken, A.J. Liebling, and Adam Gopnik” includes two of the biggest badasses of 20th century journalism and one dude who believes that “Just a year ago, I gave up sweets” is a legitimately enticing first sentence to readers not related by blood to Adam Gopnik.
Go write another book that will be the talk of Upper East Side private school waiting rooms and give me fewer pages in my New Yorker to flip past in frustration, you twee little pastry fetishist.
"The cynics are right nine times out of ten." - H.L. Mencken. He would have rather written for Gawker, anyhow.
Adam Gopnik says H.L. Mencken wasn’t New Yorker material … Hamilton Nolan GOES IN.
I love this shit.
Brian Lam’s piece on Jobs on his new blog is worth reading in its entirety, but here’s my favorite part:
"From: Steve Jobs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Gizmodo on iPad
Date: March 31, 2010 6:00:56 PM PDT
To: brian lam <email@example.com>
Parts of it I like, and other parts I don’t understand. I’m not sure the “information density” is high enough for you and your brand. Seems a bit too tame to me. I’ll look for it this weekend and be able to give you some more useful feedback after that.
I like what you guys do most of the time, and am a daily reader.
Sent from my iPad
On Mar 31, 2010, at 1:06 PM, brian lam <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Here you go, a rough sketch. Should be launched, as the standard face of Gizmodo, by the 3g’s launch. What it’s meant to do is be friendlier to scan for the 97% of our readers who don’t come every day…”
"The ultimate lesson here is that if you have received sexy emails from a sitting member of congress you should in no way be an accessory to a cover-up. No, you should email them to us, right now."
The Gawker ethos, summed up in the concluding graf of Adrian Chen’s latest update on the Weiner wang scandal. Such pros, these guys.