I like the bit at the end where Calloway's like "the Vice fact-checker gave me a 1pm deadline to respond to a 12:54pm message" and the Vice reporter just ignores that bit and focuses on other things, just no attempt to defend herself, assuming she has a friendly audience. (Which is probably a fair assumption, I'm not Calloway supporter, but)
For some reason I read that article and it did seem a bit unfair going after her personal problems which don't really affect what she does... or do they, if her image is her life I dunno. Without that it boils down to "She advertised an event and I went and it was pretty much what was advertised but it was a bit crap" which as a scoop is not gonna win her the Pulitzer.
Yeah, as I think I mentioned previously, she's just the least news-worthy person ever, everything that's reported is as un-newsworthy as "She advertised an event... but it was a bit crap" and yet she continues to drive this media machine. A little Trump-like
Of course of course, just in the way that he was able to get a media ball rolling that, once it picked up momentum, had inertia on its side—wouldn't stop except with great force. An auto-catalyzing process. A positive feedback loop.
She's written on Calloway for Vice, participated in the Gillian Flynn/Gone Girl wars, published the mildly viral "What Do We Mean When We Call Art Necessary" for NYT Mag (shared, once upon a time, by K Phillips), and weighed on in astrology for the Baffler, a key BK pub. Plus pieces on Rachel Cusk (!), Sally Rooney (!!), Otessa Moshfegh (!!!), Kristen Roupenian (!!!!) Jia Tolentino (!!!!!), as well as the premium mediocre Eula Bliss—basically, she checks the boxes of 2010 NYC literary controversies and icons.
Typing that up reminded me that 2010s was a big decade for women's autofiction. Hard to think of a male novelist anyone in NY media culture cared about beyond Ben Lerner (and he picked up attention for writing about "the problematics of male rage"—yuck). Maybe Teju Cohle?
Writer press shots close second behind comedians in terms of pain looking at. it’s just not what they’re here for, they’re here for words and brain and the image is very much secondary and they’re really bad at posing. Makes me sick