Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Revolution Will Be Tumblrized


Last night everything I thought I believed in was kindasorta ripped out from under me. And I can't write about it, because it will be read, and I'm not up to exposing the vicious underbelly of the New York Media World.

It is, unfortunately, not enough to be honest in this city. I will not give blowjobs for bylines. I will not laugh at peoples' unfunny jokes because I want them to be impressed by me. I will not become someone else so that I can be absorbed into this elite, nefarious world where people trade intellect like currency. Ironically, it's all bankrupt.

I am getting out of New York for awhile, from August-January. Perhaps the person who gave us this advice should heed it, too: Get out. New York is not a place for serious people.

And it's a terrible place for an honest writer.

-Jess

17 comments:

Marshall said...

Which is what you are. Whereever you end up I'll always be very interested to read what you come up with. In the meantime New York could use a few righteous people.

Grodyspice said...

:(

Really? agggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh.
Sry.

Becca said...

I wish you would write about what happened, but I understand. Remember, NY is not the only place to be creative and thoughtful (in fact, I am of the opinion that it's one of the more difficult places to truly be either of those things.)

I am excited for your missives from the City of Light!

AK said...

AHHHHHH.

What the DINGOS?

p.s. no fair, u be's in paris. tell us about that when you can.

Jess and Josh said...

To be clear, I'm not in Paris YET. A few more weeks. I will post when I can between now and then, when I find something that I don't feel hypocritical for writing about-- but expect a lot of musings once I actually get to France.

Sara Benincasa said...

What the hell is going on, sugarbritches? I hope you're doing alright. Even though I don't know you, I am weirdly concerned.

Shawn said...

you've always seemed more san francisco to me.

ps- you don't have to laugh at their unfunny jokes for them to be impressed by you, just show them this blog.

Anonymous said...

JESSICA ROY WHAT BE THE DEELIO WITH YOUR MIND?

Anonymous said...

So you wouldn't write about it for your own blog, but you'd let Daily Intel/NY Mag publish your thoughts on the matter, with names and everything? This feels dishonest Jess. In fact, it feels like a typical move that any one of those people that now make you sick would make, to get some headlines, generate traffic for your blog and become a real member of the scene.

Jess and Josh said...

To clarify, anonymous:

I think it's important that people know that I had already decided to write about it, and had crafted a blog entry to post here (which, many people can vouch for actually, because I emailed it to a bunch of friends) before I was contacted by New York Mag. I decided to post it with them because that way more people could hear what I needed to say.

Gaylord Sundheim said...

Jess, you just keep going along this path. Guess what -- you don't ever have to live in NYC to do any of this. I have been a talking head on basic cable and a major news network, written for one of the hippest magazines in NYC and am about to anchor a blog for the Village Voice. And I've done it all without leaving my part of the country, save for an overnight trip or two to Manhattan for some taping. My degree isn't even in journalism. It can be done, and you need never subject yourself to trawling through the underbelly, if you maintain your end goal beyond it all -- which is just to write, I'm guessing. Just keep at it.

the almost said...
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the almost said...

i just read the ny mag article and thought i'd check out your blog. i respected all of what you wrote, and i'm looking forward to reading more.

i've often thought that, to be a writer, i would have to move to new york. i have yet to give in. i'm trying to "be a writer" on my own terms. of course, it means not getting published (as of yet) in a fancy magazine or anything like that. but...your article brought to light a lot of issues that i'm aware of, but never accept. i appreciate your honesty.

i'm sure you'll get a lot of comments or emails after that article, much like emily gould did. ignore all the bullshit. you're talented.

and p.s. yes on your move to wordpress!! i use it and love it.

the almost right word

Don said...

These NY blogs and magazine blogs are not really blogs anymore. I hope your blog remains real and not like a who's who for the elite.

Stay with Blogger.

Tao Lin said...

hang out with me

Tao Lin said...

i'll be here

The next Poetry Brothel will be held on July 25th from 9pm-2am at Papa B Studios (907 Broadway @ Arion Place, Brooklyn) with featured reader Tao Lin.

Latrice Davis said...

As a writer (and native New Yorker), I understand your disillusionment. The thing to remember is why you write in the first place. I've never been a part of the "scene" which you describe, nor do I have any interest in joining. However, I can NEVER see myself NOT writing ... and that's what keeps me going -- especially in this job market).