Thursday, July 17, 2008

Let the Shitstorm Begin

There will be no Catcalling Experiment today because I was super late to work and had to take the 6 train instead of walk and get hit on by mad hottiez. So, the feature will resume tomorrow.

Oh, um, in other news - I wrote something for NY Mag's Daily Intel. (!!!) It's my first piece that will have a relatively wide audience. My hands are actually shaking while I type this. Wise words from Jessica Pressler: You might catch a lot of shit for this, but, whatever- it's just the internet... I would seriously recommend avoiding the internet all day, though.

Heh... cool. But whatevs, I stand by what I said. It was my personal (and obviously, highly emotional) reaction to something I witnessed. But, I suppose, let the shitstorm begin.

-Jess

Also: This.

31 comments:

fek said...

No shit, none. You said what well needed to be said. To be young and watch this shit go down is a gross feeling that inspires inspired self-loathing for even wanting to be a part of it in the first place. Speak the truth, sister.

Anonymous said...

a friend of mine who is older and been around the media scene longer went to that party and had exactly the same reaction. why? because that shit sucks.

knottedfists said...

jessica, i don't even know you personally (i linked here from idly clicking on a link some time earlier, and i was in josh's dorm freshman year so continued reading out of curiosity/good content ... like a CREEP), but i am so proud (and ok, a little jealous) of you. you are so brave!

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Eric said...

Bon chance, Jessica! I guess the next time you come back to New York is when you'll be reading your first novel at Union Square B&N. Séjour beau.

Jess and Josh said...

Hey prof4dummies: Take it up with the 894032 people who edited my article.

Prof4Dummies said...

** On Saturday night, Leon Neyfakh of the New York Observer picked my friend Alec Niedenthal and I up in downtown Brooklyn. **


No, dear

It's "...Alec Niedenthal and me..."

ME, not I.

You really want to be a writer?!?!?!?

Good luck, sweetie.

Prof4Dummies said...

And I shouldn't have to take it up with anyone. You ought to know the basic rule.

Who let you graduate from where?

Anonymous said...

She's only halfway through college and she's fucking amazing already.

Anonymous said...

You really need to pick some more worthwhile folks to emulate.

Jaime said...

I think you're awesome, I think the post/piece is awesome, have an amazing time in Paris.

Jess and Josh said...

Okay thanks prof4dummies, we'll fix the grammar right away.

Linds said...

hey Jessica, I just read your post on Daily Intel and it led me to your blog. Just want to say good job and good luck. You voiced all the reasons I will most likely leave NYC some day but I want you to know it is possible to meet people who live outside the usual blog bubble. I'll probably link up to your blog/post later on so check it out and best wishes,
Linds

www.postchicken.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

What you've written is more dishonest than anything I've ever read by any of the people you mention. You are a child craving attention. And now you've gotten it by selling out nice (if flawed) people who took you to a party. You've made a fool of yourself in the process. Congratulations and good riddance.

architect said...

you are awesome, i think, perhaps

if it was all a stunt, good job

if it wasn't, its brave to admit shit's shit

jodi said...

Good luck. And throw in the toilet any criticism from people who make up a brand new blogger id simply to bash you anonymously. The niggling about grammar is a classic attempt to diminish the important things you've written and make you out to be just some dumb girl.

zer0esandones said...

I give you props for having the balls to actually put yourself on the roasting spit. Also, when I read your piece for the Daily Intel, I had a flashback to a dinner I went to after a Park Lit reading in Brooklyn. I'll suggest that you just read the entry in my blog if you're interested (http://zer0esandones.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/gizzoglin-and-literary-schmoozlin/),
but basically I'm a reader for A Public Space, so I was invited along to what was to become the number one experience that makes me question why I'm in New York. If you haven't published anything, forget it. If you're not attractive, why are you there? If you're not best friends with someone because you were fellows together or went to an Ivy League together, then who invited you? etc. etc.
I also have to say that I think you're dead on with the "underage Lolitas in slutty dresses." Interns like that make me think, "maybe New York is just one gigantic blowjob."
Anyway, congratulations.
-Sharon

bethy1810 said...

Hey Jess,

Enjoyed your assessment of that party--I wish I could tell you that it gets better as you age, but sadly, the parties I end up attending (and keep in mind I am 6 years older) either consist of everyone talking about their houses and/or brats, or everyone is engaged in a constant pissing contest over who can out-science the other, and no matter where you are, frenemies are more often the rule than the exception.

Better yet, this line from Goodfellas sums it up quite nicely:

"If you're part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they're going to kill you. It doesn't happen that way. There weren't any arguments or curses like in the movies. So your murderers come with smiles. They come as your friends, the people who have cared for you all of your life, and they always seem to come at a time when you're at your weakest and most in need of their help."

Stick with the writing--I really enjoyed what I read!

architect said...

just remember the phrase, 'thinking they are, does not equal, they are' ..re: hyper-intellectuals

A said...

Next post: why it is unjust to say Jess has balls. How come boldness needs to be a masculine concept?

Whatever it is that you have, it is bold! You're definitely have a thicker skin, whether it feels that way or not.

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Prof4Dummies said...

Right, Jodi

I'm an ass for pointing out that a "writer" can't grasp a basic concept of 4th grade language arts.

Maybe I should aks (that IS how the kids say it these days, right? So it must be correct) if you're some kind of media tycoon.

Can't wait 'til (it's the contraction for "until" often butchered by "writers" the world over) you start signing my paychecks. With an "X" I'd imagine.

Tell me, genius. Since when does "anonymous" = "inconsequential"?

donmiguel said...

Jess -- you make a convincing case for telling the truth and following one's highest aspirations. Nice work.

donmiguel said...

prof4dummies - Why do you take such an angry and bitter tone? Since this is a blog, not the printed word, let's consider it a work in progress -- errors in grammar can, in fact, be corrected. Also -- this person is 20 years old and an undergraduate, she still doing the reading, so to speak. Are you just more painfully wounded by language use than the rest of us?

Prof4Dummies said...

I point out that a "writer" can't figure out I vs. me (which she then attempts to defend) and the problem is mine?

Warped. Forgive my intrusion. Please carry on with your dumbing-down of society. I shall go back from whence I came.

Jess and Josh said...

"From whence," actually, is redundant.

-Josh

ninanyc said...

People who want to leave petty, condescending comments instead of constructive criticism should re-evaluate their productivity and self-esteem - i.e. prof4dummies, get a life.

We're all so proud of you, Jess.

rebekker said...

Dude! That was bananas--they contacted you, didn't they?

This was kind of brave, b/c NY media culture is oriented towards defining one's persona against other personas/media/ideas, rather than doing anything original, and there is a disturbing sense of decadence and (much, much worse) irrelevance.

Were that many people really talking about The Recognitions? How many of them had actually read it? It is 1000 goddamn pages. And how many read it after reading Jonathan Franzen's "Mr. Difficult" essay?

Just don't become Emily Gould! Don't sell your soul to Gawker and then try to buy it back by exposing all the negativity and incestuousness of that young-media circle(jerk).

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Shawn said...

Jess, you did a good job.

Prof4dummies, you're a fucking asshole.

Jess has piece in Daily Intel, what do you have?

-erin said...

this is sooo freakin true...

"This way we can maintain two separate spheres: one, where we are so honest that we hurt each other, and another, where we are so dishonest that we hurt each other even more."

.... doesn't it suck that people would rather have it like the first sphere...

let the revolution of honest journalism return and remain