Who Gawks At The Gawkers?
By Molly Lambert
Nick Denton = Julia Allison = Rupert Pupkin
It’s been a week of lives lived in public. Emily Gould went through the e-wringer as Gawker ate its young and Josh Stein showed off his taste in snazzy cardigans. We got more hits than ever (thanks Pareene!) and even Julia Allison had second thoughts about the price of media whoredom. I have the perfect name for the mumblecore based around all this btw: Blogged Encounter.
Nick Denton is basically George Hamilton’s character from (movie very beloved by Tess and I) Where The Boys Are. Hamilton played posh Brown University student and boating playboy Ryder Smith. I wonder if Nick knows this and purposely patterned himself this way all Gatsby-like. He is certainly a perpetual boulevardier.
Yvette Mimieux: Girl Gone Wild
Where The Boys Are is way scandalous for 1960. Co-eds were going to Florida to get black-out drunk and date-raped long before Girls Gone Wild got there.
Jim Hutton’s character in WTBA, TV Thompson, is the blueprint for every modern beatnik/slacker/hipster/whatever they’re calling the young people these days who hate working and taking showers.
Tom Sutpen’s Where The Boys Are series collects beefcake pin-ups like the above photo of a supple Clint Eastwood.
The Museum Of Bad Fads covers limbo, goldfish swallowing, pole sitting and more.
Nick Denton’s State Of The Bloggyverse address
Gawker pin-up girl Julia Allison invents the perfect holiday conflation, Valoween.
Okay, so you’ve done all that. But you’re still single. And you still hate Valentine’s Day (even after my lecture on clichés). I have only one idea left for you: Valoween. It’s a combination of the two greatest holidays of the year: the party-atmosphere and costumes of Halloween with the red/pink color-scheme and actual sex of Valentine’s Day. Throw in some remixed love songs and sangria and it will be the newest, most popular holiday in America – clearly benefiting the unattached, for once.
Connie Francis pats her weave
Ask The Stage Directions To Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Molly Lambert is the senior editor of This Recording.
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