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Andrew Goldman & The “Tippi” Point For Social Media Jerkery

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Here’s a brief test of étiquette. You’re a writer accused of asking an inappropriate question to a famous actor in a national magazine. Another writer takes you to task for what she sees as a history of this kind of inappropriateness. Your response?

A) Ignore the criticism — you can’t please everyone, right?

B) Explain yourself — you really didn’t intend to offend.

C) Promptly imply that the other writer is jealous and unfuckable.

If you answered C, hey! You must be Andrew Goldman! Step right up here to accept this week’s Douchebag Decree.

What happened was this: Goldman compiles The New York Times Magazine‘s weekly “Talk” section, and on October 7, his subject was Hollywood legend Tippi Hedren, star of “The Birds” and “Marnie” and, as revealed in a new HBO movie, the victim of a pattern of harassment by director Alfred Hitchcock that ended up ruining her career. “The worst abuse happened after you rebuffed [Hitchcock's] advances,” asked Goldman. “Actors have been known to sleep with less powerful directors for advancement in show business. Did you ever consider it?” Keep reading »

Study Of “The New York Times Book Review” Finds More Men Get Novels Reviewed Than Women

Last week, I posted about authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner and their reactions to fellow writer Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom. They weren’t just rankled that Franzen was lauded on the cover of Time magazine as a “Great American Novelist.” Or even that fact that it made headlines when President Obama snagged an advance copy. Picoult and Weiner were upset that The New York Times Book Review had reviewed Freedom twice in one week.

“Is anyone shocked?” Picoult tweeted. “Would love to see the Times write about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” There was a hell of a lot of fallout from this, which, frankly, would be quite lengthy explain; I suggest you read NYmag.com’s thorough recap if this whole story interests you. In any case, while I personally shared Picoult and Weiner’s opinion that female writers are revered less in general from the get-go, as of today there is now hard data to back up their complaint against the Times Book Review. Keep reading »

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