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Jun 9, 2011 @ 4:00:00 am

Matt Taibbi

Polemical journalist Matt Taibbi responds to Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin’s “elaborate defense” of Lloyd C. Blankfein, Goldman Sachs’s chief executive.

The em dashes blog lists a handful of People Magazine's highbrow literary moments, which included profiles of Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Christopher Isherwood.

According to an article at the Business Insider, it is time for those who scoffed at the New York Times’s online-subscription plan to “eat crow.”

At Salon, Tracy Clark-Flory writes about Erica Jong’s anthology Sugar in My Bowl, in which women authors such as Ariel Levy, Meghan O’Rourke, and Daphne Merkin write about sex: “I was delighted: Respected female writers exposing their sexual underbellies! I was also alarmed: Respected female writers exposing their sexual underbellies—what were they thinking?”

At the New Yorker, Richard Brody, author of the Jean-Luc Godard biography Everything Is Cinema, gives an entertaining account of how hard it once was to see some of Godard’s films. “Around 1980, the Mudd Club (the White Street night spot and music venue) got hold of a 16-mm. print [of Made in U.S.A.] and showed it—with the projector in the room—to a crowd of heavy smokers. It was like watching a movie outdoors in London by night, or as if through the shrouding mists of time.”

Tonight, we'll be at McNally Jackson bookstore for a celebration of the excellent new issue of The Review of Contemporary Fiction, titled "The Art of Failure." Guest editor and Witz author Joshua Cohen will read with a handful of other eminent contributors, including Gary Indiana, Eileen Myles, and Sam Frank.