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6-26-2014 / A momentous day in Tabs Lore

Don’t Skip This Italicized Text Or You’ll Be Confused: Due to reasons, today’s Tabs is a re-run from June 26th, 2014, originally titled “Phoning It In (Reprise)” which is pretty appropriate for today as well.

This turned out to be quite a day in Tabs Lore. It was the day Ed Champion posted his vile essay about Emily Gould, which kicked off several months of Champion discourse as he publicly spiraled. Champion eventually threatened Porochista Khakpour (“for deleting a comment he’d written on her Facebook page insulting Slate editor Dan Kois” I guess???? 2014 was a different time man), which finally ended his relationship with Sarah Weinman, who was then editor of the influential Publishers' Lunch newsletter and generally considered the only reason anyone still put up with Champion’s vicious and incessant nonsense. This was all covered by Molly McArdle a year later in Brooklyn Magazine. Apparently Ed Champion is just back now, and still on his bullshit. We sure spend a lot of time debating “cancel culture” for a culture that has never managed to cancel anyone, no matter how much he deserves it.

This was also the last Tabs syndicated in Newsweek. The next day I announced a July and August summer hiatus, and Tabs came back in September after XOXO and moved from Newsweek to Fast Company. This was several years before we found out about the whole Newsweek fraud thing, but in retrospect agreeing to syndicate Tabs when they did should have been a sign they were willing to take indefensible risks.

Now I’ll turn you over to Past Me who was, even nine years ago, already writing italicized introductory apologies…

Note: Today's tabs are somewhat abbreviated because I'm in New York and not paying that much attention to the tabs. To be totally honest: I'm not even sorry.

Tweet by @LisaMcIntire: “Lol what the hell is this” 6/26/2014

All right let's get this over with quickly: Ed Champion wrote an eleven thousand word tab, about how much he hates Emily Gould and a few other young women who have the temerity to have something to do with books and/or New York. If you don't already know who both of those people are, there is no possible way you will care about any of this. If you do already know who they are, nothing in it will be new or interesting to you, and whatever opinions you already have about the people involved will be amply confirmed. The experience of reading it is like being cornered by a too-close-talking drunk at a bar who thinks he is witty (but mostly just smells like salami and weird socks) while he rants at you about his endless tedious feuds with people you don't know. And all that while you're still waiting for your first drink. I don't know if I can put it any more strongly than that–just don't read this terrible thing. There is such a volume of garbage in this critical landfill that my real fear is people will start attempting to substantively engage1 with it, but I am here pleading with you to resist that temptation. In fact let's, officially, starting right now, pretend Ed Champion never existed. Ready: Go.

The New York Times is closing a lot of blogs, because there isn't a meaningful difference anymore between a blog and the actual newspaper. The Lede is closing, for example, in favor of putting its content "in the relevant section of our site." You are witnessing real innovation in news here, folks.

Tweet by Jessica Misener, June 26, 2014: “:/ RT @betabeat: Tinder for News: Swipe Right to Discard a Story, Swipe Left to Share on Social Media”

Medium just hired Steven Levy to establish a "tech hub." Why? I don't know! No one knows! It's Medium! They just do things.

MEANWHILE in Alaska...

“i miss neutral milk hotel” — steve o'grady (@sogrady) June 25, 2014

Adrianne Jeffries attended Mike Daisey's monologue last night. Title: "Mike Daisey is feeling himself:" Lol.

Jeff Koons has a retrospective at the Whitney, and people sure do have strong opinions about Jeff Koons! I don't, really, but Ingrid Sischy's Koons profile in Vanity Fair and Jerry Saltz's review of the retrospective in Vulture were both good reads.

This just feels like a bid for attention, honestly, but I'm not above that.

Today in To-Read: These have been recommended to me and have awaited my attention all day but I have not read any of them yet! We'll all just have to find out if they're any good on our own.

That's it! I told you this would be short and half-assed. If I met you at Hey Ladies Live last night it was wonderful to meet you, and if I did not (ABE) we will meet another time.

~We'll tab again... don't know where, don't know when~

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