Alex Pareene

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    It’s hard to imagine a worse election cycle for this sort of project. McKay Coppins, a political reporter with BuzzFeed News, has produced, in The Wilderness, an expansively reported preview of the 2016 Republican-primary campaign, focusing on people generally considered by the smart set to be the most likely contenders for the nomination. But Coppins began work on his book years before the first primary vote would be cast, and it was released a month before the Iowa caucuses. Meanwhile, over the course of 2015, former reality-television personality Donald Trump, having reinvented himself as

  • Kicked to the Curb

    IT SEEMS, these days, that every professional thinker tackles the fraught subject of gentrification by claiming that the whole phenomenon may not actually exist.

    A January Slate headline declared that gentrification was a “myth.” The story, by John Buntin, walked this claim back rather quickly, noting that gentrification had happened, sweepingly and dramatically, in “Wicker Park in Chicago, Harlem and Chelsea in Manhattan, [and] Williamsburg in Brooklyn.” So we all agree: Gentrification exists. But, Buntin says, acknowledging the phenomenon still doesn’t prove that it’s a bad thing: “Simply

  • culture March 02, 2012

    Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012

    Andrew Breitbart, Web entrepreneur and conservative propagandist, died on Wednesday night, apparently of natural causes, in Los Angeles. His death was unexpected, and the response to its announcement this morning was an odd and probably appropriate mixture of shock and suspicion. He was hugely influential in the creation and evolution of the political Internet, though he was only a national celebrity in his own right for a couple years.

  • World Bleater

    Spare a thought for poor Susie Breitbart. On January 17, 1998, her husband, conservative Web publisher Andrew Breitbart, got home "around midnight," went online (which took some time in those days), and eventually (with, he writes, an actual tear rolling down his cheek) turned in bed to his presumably sleeping wife and said, "Susie, history just happened . . . Drudge just changed everything."

    On September 20, 2001, Breitbart took his family to watch an antiwar demonstration. "I remember looking at Susie and saying, 'This is going to be the resurgence of the silver-ponytailed professoriate and