"Republicans have refused Democrats' call for taxes on the wealthy. The president responded by ending the meeting." —Haha, gangsta! Oh wait: "But as he left, Obama added: 'I’ll see you tomorrow.'" Or? Perhaps this account? "When Obama was concluding the meeting, giving the closing remarks and talking about returning to the White House for a Thursday meeting, Cantor interrupted him and raised for the third time doing the possibility of a short-term extension." You know, when you make manipulative mischaracterizations, they're supposed to make you look better, not worse.
Tonight! Unless you're going to The Hairpin's drink session tonight in New York, then you must be in Los Angeles, because no one lives anywhere else, and so good news!
• 7:00p.m.: Matthew Gallaway reads at Book Soup, plus a Q&A with Natasha Vargas-Cooper, 8818 Sunset, West Hollywood.
• After, like, 8:30 or so: Drinks with friends at the Parlour Room, 6423 Yucca St., Hollywood. (It's only a "ten-minute drive"! That's an LA ten minutes.) (Poster by Tully Mills!)
Oh this is great, great great, the story of the lawsuit brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, hosts of the Gay Softball World Series. I don't even want to summarize and spoil anything for you, but the issue at hand is: how many straight people, if any, can play on a gay sports team? (There are of course a number of sub-issues, including "Are White People Racist" and "Do Bisexuals Exist?" Which, oh God, really people?) Anyway, the phrase GAY TRIBUNAL comes into play.
The Daily Beast turns two years old today and its honcho interviews herself.
You have been accused of having your finger on the Zeitgeist. So where is it located right now? What do people want to read and consume? Sexy brain food. Give us something to make us smarter, but for God's sake don't make it feel like work. People are in such a glum frame of mind they are looking for confidence, audacity, practicality, and FUN.
This photo tour of the offices of Etsy is a dream-nightmare! It's wonderful! It's slightly heinous! I'm incredibly jealous! I want to go craft now.
The fight between the Newsweek Tumblr and CNN/Washington Post octopus Howard Kurtz is my favorite thing ever. Kurtz wrote a really iffy piece that rests, ultimately, on What It Means That Newsweek Is Keeping Secret About Its Potential Bidders, which… unlike every other sale process in history, which is oh-so transparent? Now he calls Newsweek "thin-skinned and defensive" for ripping on his piece. More fun please!