Dreary Washington Post media critic Howard "Conventional Wisdom In a Shirt" Kurtz has managed to write a profile of New York magazine that is clueless even by "Howard Kurtz explains NYC" standards. Let's get right into it, okay?
Laughable Howard Kurtz bit #1:
When Adam Moss put "The Sex Diaries" on the cover of his magazine — explicit jottings from such hot- to-trot folks as "The Polyamorous Paralegal" and "The Trader Who Will Fly for Sex" — it hardly seemed like a subject fit to print for the New York Times.
Yet days after the late-October story, Times columnist David Brooks was soon applying erudite analysis to how "the diarists are often texting multiple possible partners in search of the best arrangement."
Imagine that: Sex, right here in New York City. And for the salacious topic of "sex" to find its way into the august pages of the New York Times—well, it's enough to make a professional media critic palpitate.
Laughable Howard Kurtz bit #2:
Moss, 52, wields that asphalt-jungle perspective, but doesn't hit the Manhattan social circuit so lavishly chronicled by the magazine. "Adam is a workaholic," says political columnist John Heilemann. "You won't see him at Michael's schmoozing."