The Times-Andersen files: You need to at least consider the possibility that they’re making some kind of postmodern comment on the porousness of the self.

March 6th, 2007 → 11:17 am @ // 4 Comments

Last week I was talking with some media reporters, reminiscing about the days when I had to pay attention to which mid-level editors were moving to which magazines. Conversation turned, as it often does when I’m talking to non-civilians whom I don’t really know, to the Times and my little-read (but well received!) book, Hard News, and I said how incredibly happy I was that I no longer had to read the paper as a critic but could just enjoy it as my breakfast table companion. And in that capacity, I think it’s pretty fucking great — the front page is livelier and more engaging than it’s been in years; the arts and business sections are both erudite and interesting even to those not obsessed with the minutia of those industries; etc.

All of which is true. But man, can they be sloppy. Either that or they’re absolutely obsessed with misspelling Kurt Andersen’s name, which they seemingly do every single time they write about the man. The latest example is yesterday’s review of Heyday, Andersen’s new book (which, biased or not, I think is pretty amazing). They seem to get his name write in the text of the piece, but, at least online, misspell it twice as “Anderson” — in the caption and the info box.

If this is meant as a sly shout-out to me from those Times copy editors who secretly love my work, well, I’m touched! But for some odd reason, I doubt that. And in that case, as Gob would say…c’mon!


Post Categories: Hard News & Kurt Andersen & Media reporting & New York Times & Oblique references to Arrested Development

4 Comments → “The Times-Andersen files: You need to at least consider the possibility that they’re making some kind of postmodern comment on the porousness of the self.”


  1. TPIRman

    10 years ago

    “They seem to get his name write in the text of the piece,”

    This is a joke … right?

    Write…
    Seth

    Reply

  2. Gawker

    10 years ago

    Remainders: Jenna Bush, Do-Gooder…

    Jenna Bush decides to let the world know how to save the children. [USA Today] South Park on the cover……

    Reply

  3. footsockshoe

    10 years ago

    Looks like the rong has been rited on the NYTimes site.

    Reply

  4. tmurph13

    10 years ago

    Seth and fellow readers, check this out.
    http://38pitches.com/

    That should be interesting read.

    Reply

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