Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke, New York Observer

Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke

New York Observer

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Past articles by Kara:

Bright and Precious Jay McInerney

Toward the end of the 1980s, Jay McInerney spotted Ronald Perelman on Fifth Avenue. Flanked by bodyguards, the billionaire businessman was standing next to a homeless person. That scene, the kind of prototypical New York study in stark contrasts, gave McInerney the seed of an idea for the novel that became Brightness Falls, the writer recalled recently. → Read More

Cormac McCarthy is Alive Despite Tweets to the Contrary

Cormac McCarthy is not dead. → Read More

Bill Cunningham Hosptalized Following Stroke

Beloved New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham has been hospitalized following a stroke. → Read More

Anna Wintour Has ‘Pressure to Produce’

Anna Wintour trotted out some new material at the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. → Read More

Washington Post Puts Branded Content On Facebook Instant Articles

The Washington Post has begun publishing branded content on Facebook's Instant Articles platform. → Read More

Law360 Agrees to Stop Making Reporters Sign Non-Competes

Law360 has agreed to stop making editorial employees sign non-compete agreements. → Read More

Gawker Media Files for Bankruptcy and Plans to Sell

Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy. → Read More

How Peter Thiel’s Secret War With Gawker Came to Light

How two Forbes reporters uncovered Peter Thiel's secret war with Gawker. → Read More

LitHub Launches Book Marks, a Rotten Tomatoes for Books

Book Mark—like Rotten Tomatoes, but for books. → Read More

Notorious New York Times Fabulist Jayson Blair Resurfaces at Surface Mag

Noted fabulist Jayson Blair is back in print. → Read More

Gawker Hits Back Against Peter Thiel, Facebook Tries Not to Get Involved

Gawker is making good on its threat to fight back against Peter Thiel, the tech billionaire bent on destroying the media company. → Read More

Jobs Report: Quanta Magazine’s Thomas Lin Spends His Days ‘Illuminating Science’

Thomas Lin is the founding editor of Quanta Magazine, an online outlet funded by The Simons Foundation to cover hard science and math. → Read More

Vanity Fair Book Columnist Elissa Schappell Bidding Mag a ‘Fond Farewell’

“After twenty plus years as Vanity Fair’s book columnist I am bidding them fond farewell,” Elissa Schappell announced on Facebook. → Read More

Sasha Frere-Jones Out at LA Times After Reportedly Expensing $5K Strip Club Bill

Sasha Frere-Jones resigned from The Los Angeles Times after accusations that he attempted to expense a $5,000 bill from a strip club. → Read More

The Poachables: 10 Players in Media You Must Hire

In our highly subjective opinion, here are 10 people who are especially poachable. → Read More

David Samuels Defends His Controversial NY Times Mag Profile of Ben Rhodes

David Samuels posted a lengthy response to the criticism of his lengthy profile New York Times Magazine profile of Ben Rhodes. → Read More

Facebook Supression Story is Trending on Facebook

Not only do human workers have an annoying tendency to behave like humans with opinions, but they often end up leaking to the press. → Read More

Facebook Wants to Replace Morning Shows

“It will appear in those morning wake-up hours where you are getting up, you could use a little to get you going,” Facebook’s Keenan Pridmore told Adweek. → Read More

From Bushwick to Gowanus: Brooklyn Co-Working Space for Freelance Journalists Expands

“It’s the good parts of an office without the bad parts,” Study Hall co-founder Kyle Chayka explained. → Read More

Cosmopolitan Mag to Become Reality Show

Sounds like a completely accurate depiction of what it’s like to work at a magazine/ a show about a bunch of hungover editorial assistants trying not get yelled at. → Read More