Where do you go if you want the traffics and the attention? Straight into the bosom of Jesus! The New Yorker today publishes (subscription-only!) a profile of Lynn Vincent, the best-selling bookwriter that you don't know. She wrote Heaven is Real (oh actually called HEAVEN IS FOR REAL), which has sold more than seven million copies. (And also Sarah Palin's book!) That is eerie, because the cover of Newsweek this week is also headlined "Heaven Is Real." That is some world-class SEO trolling, Tina Brown's Newsweek. But the problem is, the story told in Newsweek by a doctor about going to heaven and coming back does not match up [...]
The National Conference of the American Copy Editors Society has announced its headline contest winners and it is now clear who is destroying the media. Among the many talented, hard-working winners—and you know we love our copy editors!—we find a batch of puns so foul, so egregious, that it's difficult to not feel pranked.
First place for individuals at newspapers with circulation under 80,001 goes to a staffer at the Wichita Eagle, whose winning entries include this… one.
The tendency will probably be to focus on the fact that old women can't have babies, but I think the real takeaway here is that you can still look pretty even into your forties. So cheer up, crones!
"A man on a flight from Paris to Atlanta has been charged in federal court with sexually assaulting a passenger and then karate chopping a federal sky Marshall who came to detain him." —There are direct flights from Paris to Atlanta??? Who knew? What's next, Kuala Lumpur to Sacramento?
Netiquette! This is how to use someone's video. And yes, this is how to get busted for stealing someone's video.
Phil Corbett, the latest standards editor at the Times (maybe the greatest job in the world?), has issued a proclamation! Yesterday, the following memo went out, asking writers to abstain from the invented past-tense and other weird iterations of the magical noun-verb "Twitter." His case isn't terrible, actually-and he offers this terrifying vision: "Someday, 'tweet' may be as common as 'e-mail.'" Oh dear. Well, read for yourself and decide.
Last week we talked about celebrating the sacrifice of money and sweat in the process of creating something horrible-sort of the end of camp, in this age when everything pleasurable is good, even if it is very bad? (Maybe the actual death of irony, ten years late???) Now comes the official celebration party for Troll 2, pretty much officially the worst movie ever made. Writes Wired: "And unlike the winking reverie that greeted Snakes on a Plane, the affection for Troll 2 wasn't the result of studio marketing; it was born of the Internet's sincere (or at least ironically sincere) appetite for undiscovered crap – and the [...]