Snark Infiltrates The New Yorker!

Second-string New Yorker movie critic David Denby hates 'snark.' He wrote a whole book of fiction about it! What would the man think if he knew that snark—yes, snark—is creeping into his own publication's content?

Ben Greenman writes the "Goings On" blog on Newyorker.com, about "Cultural happenings in New York and elsewhere, both online and off." Sounds respectable so far. But take a look at these items from today:

Gwyneth Paltrow will write a cookbook.

In other Paltrow news, she once witnessed bad behavior by Courtney Love.

Smokey Robinson joins the endless Grammy performer list.

Neil Diamond cares about people, gets award for it.

I detect no underlying political philosophy in your commentary, Mr. Greenman. Have you no decency, sir?