Question: Do you agree with people who say your best work came
while you were at New York magazine?
don't know why that would be. I produced some very good work at New
York magazine. And if they say that, it's probably because I produced
more work at New York magazine. So I was writing a column every week at
New York, at Vanity Fair I write a column once a month. But I rather
think that I'm producing my best work now at Newser where I write a
column every day. It's bulk... is ultimately the real currency in our
profession. Question: You failed at your attempt to
purchase the magazine. What would have happened had you succeeded?
I think I probably would have gone bankrupt as most
magazines seem to be going. When that happened, I actually thought that I
was going to be able to buy New York magazine right up until the moment
I lost it and so my feelings afterwards were deeply conflicted. I loved
New York magazine; it was a place that I felt particularly at home but I
had a feeling of also of immense relief that this quixotic enterprise
of buying the magazine would not end up as my terrible fate. Question:
Do you like what New York magazine has become?
: One of the things about having worked at certain places is
that it becomes very hard after you stop working at them to continue a
relationship, to continue even reading them. So I must confess that I
don't read New York magazine anymore. It's like a lover spurned.
Recorded on May 19, 2010
Interviewed by Jessica Liebman