Reluctant Habits

The Shitty and the Pillar

Posted by in New York Times, Solomon, Deborah, Vidal, Gore

From today’s New York Times: What do you think is your own best novel? I don’t answer questions like that. Ever. And you ought not to ask them. Well, it was a great pleasure talking to you. I doubt that. (via Jenny D) [UPDATE: Vidal on Kucinich's impeachment proceedings.]

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New Disclaimer from Deborah Solomon

Posted by in New York Times, Solomon, Deborah

The Deborah Solomon interview, recently revealed to be more of an inept collage experiment in which the interviewer is a humorless and badgering solipsist rather than anything close to a respectable journalist, now carry this bold shibboleth: “Interview conducted, condensed and edited by Deborah Solomon.” And if that isn’t enough, Solomon, who appears not to be a fan of the Oxford comma, will also begin adopting the bold moniker “sprezzatura” to stave off any additional criticism that comes from the New York Press or the blogosphere. Rest easy, America! The…read more

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Deborah Solomon, Racist

Posted by in Solomon, Deborah

That inarticulate imbecile is at it again. Deborah Solomon apparently didn’t get the news that graphic novels have been around for some time — possibly, since the 1920s — and is racist enough to assume that Marjane Satrapi, by way of having brown skin and writing about fundamentalism, must be a Muslim. I guess all that supposed research that Solomon puts into these “questions” doesn’t involve basic fact checking.

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Deborah Solomon Under Fire from Ombudsman

Posted by in Solomon, Deborah

Clark Hoyt: “In fact, there is a protocol, and ‘Questions For’ isn’t living up to it. The Times’s Manual of Style and Usage says that readers have a right to assume that every word in quotation marks is what was actually said. ‘Questions For’ does not use quotations marks but is presented as a transcript. The manual also says ellipses should be used to signal omissions in transcripts, and that ‘The Times does not ‘clean up’ quotations….maybe ‘Questions For’ needs to be rethought.” I should say so. Incidentally, Hoyt’s piece…read more

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Deborah Solomon: Unethical Journalist?

Posted by in New York Times, Solomon, Deborah

A few weeks ago, I talked at length with Matt Elzweig over the phone for a New York Press story about Deborah Solomon. Elzweig had contacted me because I had written critically about her on these pages. Thankfully, Elzweig’s investigations sent him away from my pedantic barbs and into the heart of an interviewer who appears to be breaking the New York Times code of ethics. To add insult to injury, Solomon didn’t even bother to return Elzweig’s calls to clarify the charges.

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Exhibit 324 in Support of Deborah Solomon’s Density

Posted by in New York Times, Solomon, Deborah

From “Questions for Christopher Dodd”: Do you think Americans have a right to know about a candidate’s personal life? Well, look. What’s that great line? There’s no such thing as a saint without a past and a sinner without a future. Who said that? I just did. (via The Dizzies)

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Solomon & Foer Sitting in a Tree

Posted by in Foer, Jonathan Safran, Solomon, Deborah

“I’m not interesting,” Jonathan Safran Foer announced when I asked him to come out of his palatial home and breathe some oxygen. “People assume that because I’m a writer, I’m naturally interesting. They couldn’t be more wrong. I’m a sad piece of driftwood and the biggest disappointment since Steve Perry left Journey.” Of course, I tried to cajole poor Foer with some of the trademark wit I used in my one-page Q&As. I asked Foer if he considered stabbing himself because of his youth and his wealth, pointing out the…read more

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Deborah Solomon: Under Pressure

Posted by in New York Times, Solomon, Deborah

Is Deborah Solomon trying to confess to us that she’s a closet meth addict? From today’s interview with Christine Gregoire: As a veteran politician who has served as state attorney general for more than a decade, did you find it difficult to sit out the seven weeks during which the voting machines pegged you a loser? It was very, very difficult. Did you take up smoking? Me, take up smoking? No. It’s not an option. I was the lead negotiator in the tobacco-company settlement that brought in $242 billion, the…read more

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Song of Solomon

Posted by in Solomon, Deborah

It’s official. Deborah Solomon now rivals Rex Reed as the least distinguished interviewer of the past forty years and comes perilously close to Ann Coulter as the most deliberately hateful writer working today. One is tempted to unleash limitless fury against such a bilious interlocutor. But that would only involve resorting to her level. Nevertheless, Solomon’s interview with Christine Schutt sets a new low for the Times. It smacks of an anti-intellectual hubris that, at the risk of invoking Godwin, one might associate with the 1933 Opernplatz incident, whereby brownshirts…read more

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Questions for Plum Sykes

Posted by in New York Times, Satire, Solomon, Deborah, Sykes, Plum

Your new novel, “Bergdorf Blondes,” have created some disgraceful and unintentionally hilarious Q&A sessions which demonstrate that you are a Tina Brown in the making. I have a new disease, which I’ve called glitteratitis. I want Bret Easton Ellis to use me as an object in his next novel, preferably as a footstool. As a writer for Vogue, you have ideas, right? I’m too beautiful to be concerned about the human condition. You’ve used “blonde” as a verb and every time you open your mouth, people have been actually lost…read more

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