Maura Johnston

Maura Johnston

Most Recently: What's Left Of Pop Music In The Miley Era?

I have no idea what I am doing.

On Inside The Barista Class

@swagv most editors would probably say that 'tl; dr' 'summaries' are generally boneheaded and call unneccessary attention to themselves and the intellectual paucity of their authors. JUST TRYING TO HELP!

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm 1

On An Oral History Of Gawker, By Reddit

r.i.p. idolator

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm 4

On Janet Malcolm v. Francine Prose

(Love you Michelle!!)

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm 0

On Janet Malcolm v. Francine Prose

Super-advance viral marketing for Michelle Dean's book?

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm 0

On Can't We All Just Get Along? Oh, Right. No.

"I can't find it in myself to accuse Jedediah Purdy of anything graver than being 24-years-old in 1999."

Well, and also being the beneficiary of a system that allowed underbaked "counterpoint" theses from Ivy Leaguers to be worthy of book deals, even if they weren't all that well-thought out—which I think falls under Scocca's definition of "smarm," as Purdy's main credentials for being allowed to write at length were his Harvard diploma and, uh, his Harvard diploma. And who am I to judge, since I went to a (gasp) Big 10 school, right? (See also the early career of the Yale-educated Wendy Shalit.) (Yes, I read both books at the time of publication, and saw the cynical process that went into making them—which amounted to Young People With Conservative Opinions That Will Shock You! It was whatever the conservative Upworthy is long before that site's domain name got registered.)

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm 1

On "Phone Company" Was How We Used To Say "Tech Company"

What the world needs now is an oral history of MCI.

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm 0

On Album Terrible

also the AP's 'standards' for music writing lately have been a bit uh questionable

guess they're still trying to adjust to the post-asap world

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:48 am 0

On Album Terrible

also any piece of criticism that seriously deploys the term 'feverishly anticipated' should be ignored on principle

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:46 am 0

On Album Terrible

Men Weigh In On Woman

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:45 am 0

On What It's Like To Interview Lorde

You're standing on my neck. La la la.

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm 0