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Thursday, August 17, 2006

is our favorite new york magazine columnist moonlighting anonymously at gawker?

at least annoying passive-aggressive dewy first-time moms aren't narcissistic enough to spew annoying self-loathing vitriol on an annoying noxious aggressive-aggressive "gossip" site. woof, that was a mouthful.

that said, this paragraph is pretty spot-on. especially about those fugly crocs:
There's a mom in purple Crocs (a unfortunate trend this summer), and when she says to the mom in the brand-new Brooklyn Industries t-shirt, She is such a good walker -- how old is she? I know she means "Shit, why isn't my kid walking?" and when she continues, And she's so verbal, too, she really means, "Shit, my kid's just past grunting" and when she says, Oops, she's got some dirt in her mouth, Croc Mommy manages to hide her glee, but what she's really thinking is "Ha! At least my kid doesn't eat dirt!"
someone please explain why gawker is running this recurring feature? has it entirely forgotten its target hipster clickerati demo of wannabe mcsweeney-ites? or maybe nick denton is just totally confident that his readers will hate parents too!

[also, maybe my irony-dar is off, but was that a gratuitous dig at (or simple nod to) brooklyn industries? if the t-shirt was a season or two less new, would that have made the mom cooler? or even more pathetically unhip? should she shop at some williamsburg boutique? or maybe something from vincent gallo's store would achieve the perfect cheeky-self-referential-ironic-hipster pitch? or maybe moms should just all wear prison-issue one-pieces with their number stitched on the breast. please help.]

can't we all just get along? i mean, why do these freelance-for-a-reason writers care so much about what other essentially minding-their-own-business moms are doing? leave the kid with your tibetan nanny, go treat yourself to a day at bliss and shut the fuck up already.


Anonymous angie said...

Despite using the phrase 'a unfortunate,' this chick is a better writer than our favorite new york mag. columnist, although the vitriol is familiar. . .

8/17/2006 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why I like you MNG! You tell it like it is!

8/17/2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Crocs are going to be the downfall of Western civilization.

Mark my words.

8/17/2006 7:15 PM  
Anonymous croutonboy said...

I see those entries and move past them as fast as I can, assuming that if I stop to read them it's going to piss me off so much I'll shove New York Magazine up someone's ass. But you're right...she did hit that internal dialog pretty well.

And do year-old t-shirts really make you unhip? Can't we file them under "retro?" Like I need something else to worry about...

8/18/2006 12:59 AM  
Blogger bernalgirl said...


8/18/2006 1:58 AM  
Blogger stay-at-home mommy said...

Wow. I have so much more to worry about than whether or not my shirt is from last season...

8/18/2006 2:13 AM  
Anonymous dreadmouse said...

Dude! Breathe, man. Chill for a second.

You're letting this get far too deep under your skin. Shallow people are just that, shallow, and you can't change that. Live and let live cuts both ways, right?

8/18/2006 9:33 AM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

dreadmouse -- fair point. god, i hate you.

8/18/2006 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I was trying to get it together to write something myself, but it always dissolved into "Why are people so damn mean?"


8/18/2006 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Yorkers *would* be anti-Crocs. Alas, I don't care -- crocs are far too practical to be hip!

8/18/2006 11:08 AM  
Anonymous marian said...

that's why i love minnesota. we're unhip, we know it, and we don't care.

8/18/2006 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

You think that's bad. There was an article in a respectable paper here (in Toronto) about "How much babies cost" (to which I say WHATEVER!) and this alleged journalist who is allegedly an expert in parenting or something (did I mention this was in the health section right above an article about pre-eclampsia) said that she couldn't breastfeed because "Her boobs were lactose intolerant"

I so completely don't even know where to start to complain about that one. Seriously. Normally I try to beat down the bottlefeeding culture, but that one just

8/22/2006 7:03 PM  
Blogger I am not Star Jones said...

between the gawker spoof, amy sohn's columns and the ny mag cover story on

i've decided that childbirthing is too much of a competitive sport after
competing for a man, a house and a job.

8/28/2006 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it is AS, as Amy told me that gawker hates her. Also, this person can actually write, so nah, it can't be her.

9/12/2006 3:11 PM  

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