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Say Goodbye to 1999

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Yvette Kantrow

The waning dominance of the mainstream press has created a paradoxical situation: Scoops may be more important than ever and, at the same time, ever harder to define.

A Muslim's Duty to Society: The Time to Step Up is Now

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Recently, Representative Peter King (R) NY announced his decision to hold hearings on the radicalization of Islam among American Muslims. I gave the m...

NYO Staff Writers Now ALL Male

The Awl | By Choire Sicha on November 4th, 2010 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As of five weeks ago, there were two women staff reporters at the New York Observer. Three weeks ago, one of those women quit; today, Irina Aleksander...

New York Observer Makeover

New York Times | JEREMY W. PETERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When The Observer hits newsstands on Wednesday, it will have a new look inside and out. There will be fewer of the cartoon illustrations that have dom...

Death of the Literati: Good Riddance to Closed-Mindedness

Jason Pinter | Posted 06.16.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

The Literati have been dividing literary culture for years, decrying popular fiction, dismissing authors, genres and authors exploring new media. And by doing so they have journeyed far, far away from the realm of relevancy.

Fiction Is Alive: LA Times's Carolyn Kellogg Responds To The NY Observer

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Every few years someone finds a platform to declare fiction dead, despite all evidence to the contrary. This time around, it's Lee Siegel, writing in ...

The Way We Watched Movies...Remember?

Ellen Sterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Sterling

In the May 18 edition of the New York Observer Lee Siegel wrote an article titled Ciao to the Cineplex; I Miss Mass Culture! He noted that "The Federa...

'Carrie Diaries': Candace Bushnell On Carrie Bradshaw Before Sex

Time | Kayla Webley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Meet Carrie before Carrie. Before Big, Samantha or Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was an impressionable 17-year-old girl from rural Connecticut who...

The Observer Hires "Anti-Hipster" Christian Lorentzen

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Anti-hipster writer Christian Lorentzen has been hired as a senior editor by the New York Observer. Lorentzen, famous (or infamous) for penning a pie...

The Chick Lit Curse

Deborah Schoeneman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Deborah Schoeneman

Today, the book Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb goes on sale, sure to start flying off the shelves faster than Manolos at a sample sale.

Kyle Pope Named New York Observer Editor

The New York Observer | Leon Neyfakh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Kyle Pope, formerly the number two editor at Conde Nast Portfolio, has been announced as the next editor of The New York Observer. Observer publish...

Book Review Bites The Dust: The End Of Kirkus

Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Kirkus Reviews announced yesterday that, after 76 years of publication, it would be shutting down. The subscription-based periodical, offering short r...

Tom McGeveran, New York Observer Editor, Leaving To Form New Venture

The New York Observer | John Koblin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Tom McGeveran announced to staff today that he is leaving The New York Observer to start a new business venture. His last day at The Observer will be ...

Casey Johnson's Dorito Days

Deborah Schoeneman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Deborah Schoeneman

Oh Casey Johnson, what happened!? Almost a decade ago, I wrote a coming out story about the cherub-faced Johnson & Johnson heiress. No, not that she w...

John Heilpern, Departing New York Observer Theatre Critic, Slams "12-Year-Old Owner, Jared Kushner"

Playbill | Kenneth Jones, Playbill.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

"I wish the paper all the best," Heilpern told the Post. "I don't want to be too negative about the 12-year-old owner, Jared Kushner, but as my ma and...

The 10 Most Expensive Buildings In New York: NY Observer

The New York Observer | Dana Rubinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In April 2007, during those blindered days of economic bluster, The Observer published an article naming New York's 10 most expensive towers, accordin...

Who Should Decide What News is Important?

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tim Berry

Back in the old days, editors decided what was news, not advertisers and not readers. There was this concept called "news values."

Jared Kushner: "I Found The [Observer] Unbearable To Read" Before I Bought It

New York Magazine | Gabriel Sherman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Kushners had never been lovers of newspapers, to say the least. Charlie and Jared blamed papers in general and more specifically the Newark Star-L...

Remembering My Battle Against Fundamentalists

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Our biggest accomplishment was standing up for those torn down by the TV evangelists.

New York Observer Lays Off A Big Portion Of Its Editorial Staff

New York Times | Richard Perez-Pena | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Just days after changing editors, The New York Observer laid off a significant chunk of its employes on Friday, including as much as a third of its ed...

Chrysler President James Press's $15.7M Townhouse

The New York Observer | Max Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This week, Mr. Press' townhouse at 178 East 64th Street went on the market for $15.7 million--or $35,000 per month. "It wasn't appropriate. He bought ...

Tom McGeveran Named Interim Editor Of New York Observer

The New York Observer | John Koblin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Tom McGeveran has been named interim editor of The New York Observer starting June 1. He will be replacing Peter Kaplan, who announced his departure f...

Peter Kaplan Leaving New York Observer After 15 Years

The New York Observer | John Koblin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Peter W. Kaplan, the fourth and longest-serving editor of The New York Observer, announced to his editorial staff today that he is resigning from the ...

Lawsuit Claims New York Observer Owner Kushner's Father Funneled Millions To Newspaper

Newark Star-Ledger | Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the biggest commercial real estate deals in New York history was used by developer Charles Kushner to funnel more than $5 million into the New ...

Jared Kushner Discusses Future Of Newspapers, The New York Observer: "I'm Definitely Scared"

The Guardian | Tom Teodorczuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

New York media types are not easily startled, but when Jared Kushner became the Big Apple's newest newspaper proprietor, more than a few eyebrows were...