The New Republic
In Buzz Bissinger's 6,460-word confessional piece about his shopping addiction, published today on GQ.com, the word "leather" appears 46 times, the word "Gucci" 37 times, and the word "me" comes in third place at 32 appearances. The word "writing" only appears seven times.
I made a mistake last week, and not an easily forgivable one.(2)
Martin Peretz, former publisher and editor in chief of The New Republic, had a column in the opinion section of yesterday's Wall Street Journal that possesses considerable stunt value: The man who sold his magazine just last year to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes hops up on a prominent perch to lament what Hughes has done with the thing.(1)
“I love that we have David Bezmozgis’s stubbornly Russian essay about a Soviet weightlifter alongside Etgar Keret’s piece about a crazy Israeli soccer star next to the piece about the competitive eater from Brooklyn,” explained Franklin Foer, who, along with Marc Tracy, edited the book. “It’s this alchemy that could only come about from casting an extremely wide net and pursuing writers and letting them go off and indulge their exceedingly esoteric interests.”
A spokeswoman told Capital the New York hub will have both editorial and business-side staffers. The main headquarters will remain in Washington, D.C.
Up close, Michele Bachmann's secret-agent political organizer looked more like Elmer Gantry than James Bond
Peter Waldron, an evangelical minister who told the publication that he is doing outreach on Bachmann's behalf to the born-again community, spent more than a month in Kampala's Luzira Prison in 2006, and possesses a resume more in keeping with a spy novel than a presidential campaign. Among other things, the Atlantic item reports, Waldron is now promoting an autobiographical movie on his website that asks, teasingly, "was he a businessman, a preacher, a spy?" Franke-Ruta adds that "one man who knew Waldron in 2004 told The St. Petersburg Times in 2006 that Waldron had told him he used to work for the CIA."
I bring this up because I happen to be that man who knew Waldron.