Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Tony Judt's 15-Year-Old Son Rips Michael Wolff A New One

ADORBSLocal blogger and Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff apparently made fun of a piece written by Tony Judt with his son for Father's Day. The son now responds: "I can't get around one blockade that will prevent me from proving that I wrote my half of the article: your habit of parading your own opinions as fact, caused by your willingness to make up anything in order to get a few reads, comments, and tweets."

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Art Yucko (#1,321)

Indeed, the only way his 16-year son, who is identified as a student at the Dalton SchoOOOOOF.

kneetoe (#1,881)

@Art Yucko: 15!! He's 15 fucking years old! WHY DO YOU DENY THIS? DOES HE SEEM TO SMART TO BE 15?!? CUZ HE IS.

deepomega (#1,720)

As a 5 year old, I am offended by your rank ageism.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

the sound of Michael Wolff getting verbally kicked in the "journalistic" nuts by an ambitious, politically precocious 16 Year-old is something that should be in the Library of Congress Sound Archive.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

EXCUSE ME FIFTEEN YEAR OLD -punches self in own nuts-

kneetoe (#1,881)

Yes, it is rather wonderful (the takedown, not you punching yourself in the nuts).

Snooples (#5,666)

Takedown > the original ridiculous article

Art Yucko (#1,321)

-sings an improvised aria called "Mi spiace" in castrato voice-

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

@Art: If I didn't know basic Italian, I would have assumed you were singing a song about Myspace. Which, 15 year-olds considered…

petejayhawk (#1,249)

So much nuts talk today. I think I need some pistachios.

A.R. Chrisman (#2,964)

"Soon after responding to Wolff, Daniel reblogged the Toy Story 3/Lost similarities claiming, 'Finally the truth shall be heard!'"

doubled277 (#2,783)

I had to click three different links to figure all this out. I'm exhausted. And Wolff seems like a fuck-head. No where are cats and bears?

Kevin Knox (#4,475)

God, Michael Wolff is just so…tacky.
And Tony Judt is amazing. This piece (initially linked to by The Awl) is still one of the best things I've read this year: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/jan/14/night/

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

So best.

rula (#3,558)

I pictured Michael Wolff as a relic who used to hang out at Elaine's, but he's younger than I thought. Still unreadable tho.

NinetyNine (#98)

There's also the fact that when you are Michael Wolff, the writing of every ninth grader reads as impossibly intellectual.

Baroness (#273)

Good for the kid. Anyone who shames a creep like Wolff is aces, though Wolff is rather shameless. Why not attack a 15 year old for using fancy words?

But since I've only read this Beast bit, I'd say he writes like an intelligent 9th grader. Trying a bit hard to impress, it's not splendid prose. But that's more than okay, he's fifteen. What's funny is that Wolff feels threatened by juvenile overwriting like this. Oh, not possible, ever!

Has anyone ever met a Dalton young male monster? They are freakishly, scarily adult by 15, growing up in Manhattan, this one in a somewhat intellectual environment. Still not good writing, trying too hard to impress.

But as someone who wrote a short story fragment at 11 that the nuns could not believe I had written myself, I sympathize with the kid.

(And I'm sure attacking his kid has nothing to do with the elder Judt's controversial political ideas.)

I agree on the freakishness of this kid's intellectual maturity, but I would also add, egads, try to imagine a fifteen-years-old Michael Wolff.

Mount_Prion (#290)

He's older than the women Wolff dates, no?

NinetyNine (#98)

Yes. And I mean that like Yessss. Wait, maybe not. Might just be 'Yes.'

mickeyitaliano (#2,202)

I think this was paraphrased by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Emelio Estevez, Kiefer Southerland,Scott Caan,Eva Amuri, and Suri Cruise.

nloewen (#4,040)

Wolff didn't write his essay. It's too simplistic and inane to be written by an adult and a journalist. Therefore, it must have been written his son, Steven, who is 21. Since Steven is rather adult now, this essay must have been adapted from a note Steven wrote in middle school condemning a school mate for being "a stupid" and adapted for this article.

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