Isaac Chotiner

High-Minded Christine Quinn Mocks Anthony Weiner
August 14, 2013

Last month, as the media obsessed over the Anthony Weiner "scandal," Christine Quinn, the (former?) mayoral race frontrunner, scolded Weiner for allowing his behavior to detract from real issues. As she said at the time,

Politico Is Hypnotized by Chelsea's "Increased" Role in the Clinton Foundation
August 13, 2013

Politico has a story today on the Clinton Foundation, and Hillary Clinton's increasingly large role there. Do you know who else has an increasingly large role at the foundation? Chelsea Clinton. How do I know this?

An Obnoxious Atheist Insulted Islam, and This is What Happened
August 12, 2013

Richard Dawkins, the famous atheist and troublemaker, has caused quite a stir with something he tweeted (and subsequently deleted) last week. "All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge," he wrote.

The Non-Cynical Explanation for Eric Holder's Drug-Bust Switcheroo
August 12, 2013

Some potentially good news from the Justice Department today: It appears that, in certain circumstances, prosecutors will be forbidden from listing the amount of illegal substances at issue in minor drug cases.

An Orwellian Nugget From Egypt
August 12, 2013

There has been a lot of depressing news out of Egypt lately, but one of the especially worrisome developments has been the military junta's use of typically authoritarian language.

Hollywood Is in Trouble, and We're All Going to Pay
August 12, 2013

It's been a tough summer for the film industry. A number of high profile films have tanked at the box office, and even Steven Spielberg—the man commonly assumed to have birthed the blockbuster era—is predicting the "implosion" of Hollywood.

Don't Be Seduced By This French Author's Argument Against Sex
August 07, 2013

In The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Gave Up Sex, the journalist and editor Sophie Fontanell ... well, the title says it all. The book has been somewhat of a sensation in Europe, and it has now been excerpted in The New York Times.

Ross Douthat Doesn't Get It. Racial Polarization Is the GOP's Fault.
August 06, 2013

Sean Trende's "missing white voter thesis" has elicited a lot of commentary about what path the Republican Party should take going forward. Simplistically put, should the G.O.P.

Johnny Depp's Delusions About Why 'The Lone Ranger' Flopped
August 06, 2013

Variety has a horrifying article—"horrifying" because of the levels of self-deception and insanity it depicts—about The Lone Ranger, the biggest catastrophe of Hollywood's summer.

Is the Media Responsible for Policing Sexism?
August 05, 2013

Everyone should read my colleague Noreen Malone's smart take on The New York Times's overlong but still empty Katharine Weymouth profile in Sunday's Style section.