Friday, January 18, 2008

Giving up on going out

I was going to go out to whine or celebrate, but there's booze at my house and I wasn't in the mood. Two things:

1. Greg Wasserstrom got the axe from Ken this week as well, but didn't get the sign-off email to say goodbye. He's auditioning for Gawker.com this weekend, so I'll post links to his stuff here. He's a funny, nice guy trying to get a start at this blogging thing, so check him out. If you use this to click through to just his stuff, he earns the page views directly, and the tech guys know where it's coming from.

2. Anybody that seriously wants to join my friends and I for a night of boozing tomorrow should email me. Because there will be drinking and anyone who wants to join is welcome. I'm taking suggestions for locale because, basically, I'm not really up for decision-making

26 comments:

berightback said...

Rationale??? Was there even one given?

I don't live anywhere near DC, but I'll be drunk tomorrow....thinking of you.

SO. IRRITATED.

And disappointed, since I liked Ken up 'til now.

FUCK.

Raging Monk said...

Remember, your friends love you right now, Megan. Some of us are far away, but if we could, we would be there drinking with you tonight.

IanJ said...

Good luck Megan. I don't know what went on behind the scenes, but things looked pretty friendly at Wonkette HQ, so this comes as an unpleasant surprise.

As I said over there, you're a great thinker, which is a rare asset. Use it in good health, you know, once the alcohol has been drained out of your system.

nojo said...

I would seriously love to get wasted in DC, but I'm about 3,000 miles away...

But there are a couple of nice beers in the fridge that have been waiting for the right occasion. Be sure to add additional toasts for those of us beyond the beltway.

Dennis said...

Wow, this seems like the textbook definition of bitchslap. I really enjoyed your writing and I'm sorry to see you go.

DoctaJ716 said...

Total B.S. Really enjoyed your writing. Take care of yourself.

Khira said...
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Khira said...

I just started reading Wonkette recently, maybe a month ago. But I did notice that every time I actually enjoyed a post, it had been written by you. Especially things concerning M. Sarkozy (I think I wondered if you were a French correspondent, because of your last name). Anyway, I'm living in Paris, so it was nice to see the news here coming up there in an articulate (and hilarious) way. I don't see any reason to read Wonkette now. Will miss you over there, but actually prefer Jezebel anyway (I was surprised by how many, uh, paranoid, almost sororo-phobic comments your move to Jezebel provoked from readers/commenters at Wonkette--are the girls at Jezebel, outside of Jezebel, really seen as scary crazies ? Weird.)

De toute façon, bonne chance et je crois que tu seras en bonne compagnie très bientôt.

Yarha said...

Heck, I knew this blog account would come in useful for something.

What can one say? I shall be here! Reading this very blog.

Sorry that you've encountered a bump in the road of life.

(aka TGY)

Saint Andrew said...

Hey Megan I'm reading

fupduk said...

I wish I could be there drinking with you, but distance prevents it.

I have dedicated a fifth of Tequila to honor your short but brilliant tenure at wonkette, and I'm keeping a 40 on ice to christen your next assignment.

dexter_road said...

Very sorry to see this Megan. Greg, too. I tend to be a bitter little man, and rationalize all my personal defeats in a way that makes me appear slightly less stupid, but this is obviously a vindictive move. Someone is frightened of your talent.
Is there any way you and Greg can put together a politics blog?
I'll even buy a goddamn T-shirt off of it.
coozledad

coozledad said...

Megan: My wife just reminded me Josh Marshall's looking for a blogger in the DC area. He's so earnest. But he's probably a stand up guy, considering.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/063700.php

David P said...

Sorry I can't fly out from LA. My poker buddies and I will salute you tonight with Negro Modelo, Mexico's finest brew.

riverside-68 said...

You are a great writer, which requires clear thinking. Every set back is an opportunity. The loss is Wonkette's. It is great to see your fan base organize. I hope you get a new blog so we can continue to enjoy your prose.

Anonymous said...

Big Head DC supports you, Megan.

DeSwiss said...

I've lurked Wonkette since 2005, but never felt adequate in my snarkiness to join. After Ann Cox left, it seemed to become a little too predictable, but I loved the AL feature when they added that. And when you came into your own Megan it was like a breath of fresh air!

I have no idea what the fuck Denton et.al., were thinking but this was a royal fuckup. The NYT magazine article suggests that Gawker's lost its cred and no one of any quality wants anything to do with his stupid ass. This seems to confirm it.

While I like Jezebel well enough, Wonkette is THE standard-bearer. If anything they should have offered you Ken Layne's job, as it is apparent that you are far and away well beyond anything he's capable of. Its probably the reason you've been banished. Simple jealousy, envy and the fact that you serve as a constant mirror reflecting their pitiful inadequacies. Whatever.

Megan, I'll still follow your posts wherever I find them. You're the real deal. Take care.

DeSwiss

Santori said...

What a buggerance. I won't be following you to Jezebel because it reduces me to tears of sorrow and frustration, but I'll be reading you here and, I hope, elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

F#$% wonkette. You were by far the best writer of the current crop and probably the one who best captured the spirit of the website.

ManchuCandidate said...

Despite my own initial misgivings, I found myself reading and enjoying your posts from your serious points to your love of short dark and sleazy, er Skarkozy. Sometimes I never posted because I had nothing to contribute, but I still read the posts.

I wish I could help, but being a foreigns doesn't leave me much options to help you.

Anyway, good luck in future endeavors.

In service with Homofascist's Army (Straight Division)

ManchuCandidate

Ned said...

Well, I've been reading Wonkette for only two weeks, but I'm sad too. Looking forward to your posts elsewhere instead!

hamilton said...

Megan,

good luck to you. I miss your personal blog, and enjoyed your writing. Let me know if I can help somehow.

Hetero Sapiens said...

I read Wonkette for years no matter who was writing, but when you outed yourself, I became a Megan Carpentier reader who just happened to find her posts at Wonkette. So now I'm a Megan Carpentier reader waiting for her to find her next publisher. I'll check here frequently in the meantime.

-- Bryan

baked said...

first time in 25 years i wish i was back in DC right now........

DeSwiss said...

Okay, that tears it. The depth of the stupidity of these moves leaves me in a stupor. Not to mention agreeing with the NYT, for which I will never forgive Ken Layne. From:

The NYT - Fashion & Style
By ALLEN SALKIN
Published: January 13, 2008


“THE ideal Gawker item,” Nick Denton, the owner of Gawker Media, wrote in an instant message last month to a prospective hire, “is something triggered by a quote at a party, or an incident, or a story somewhere else and serves to expose hypocrisy, or turn conventional wisdom on its head. “And it’s 100 words long. “200 max. “Any good idea can be expressed at that length.”

A few weeks later on Gawker.com, the news-media gossip Web site that is the flagship of Mr. Denton’s online publishing empire, he spent 339 words explaining changes at the site, including his decision to take over as managing editor after three senior bloggers had quit, and the hiring of Richard Morgan to cover television. One day later, on Jan. 3, Mr. Morgan also quit. In an interview, he said that Mr. Denton, in his fixation with attracting new readers, was letting the site degenerate.

The next day a new Gawker blogger assigned to cover pop culture posted 406 words summarizing some of the most popular scatological sex videos on the Web, with links. Within minutes, some longtime readers were posting comments asking, in a reference to the cliché that has come to mean something or someone has lost touch with its roots and has no more cultural relevance, whether Gawker had jumped the shark.

“What do Gawker and Bittany Spaers have in common?” asked a commenter with the user name Nutgraf. “They have both gone nuts.” Another user, Ohwhatstheuse, opined, “Shark officially jumped.”


http://www.nytimes.com/pages/fashion/index.html

baked said...

dewiss, thanks for that. i would have missed it.
the only person i read at that rag is dargis, in the movie reviews.
karma will come for layne and denton, they have shown themselves to be the opitome of everything we mock at wonkette.
R.I.P. kenny's dead and so is nicky--fuckheads.