Diego Pineda

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The 10 Least Dignified, Most Skin-Crawlingly Humiliating Things at Anthony Weiner’s Worst-Case-Scenario of a Concession Party

Eliot Spitzer was not the only sinewy sex creep to lose in yesterday’s New York Democratic primary. Anthony Weiner, more rage than penis at this point, threw a concession party that resembled what we can only imagine to be the candidate’s most haunting stress nightmares about how this night would …

Feeling Self-Righteous and Powerless, Putin—Naturally—Writes New York Times Op-Ed

Russian president Vladimir Putin has a op-ed in today’s <i>New York Times.</i> Note that on the spectrum of unlikeable Times opinion writers, the homophobic quasi-despot rates somewhere between Greg “Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs” Smith and David “Why I am Leaving This Section of the Paper” Brooks.<p>The …

Obama White House on Hiring Spree

Major moves among President Obama’s top operatives this week! Let’s review:<p>According to a Japanese newspaper, President Obama has selected Larry Summers, a man so socially awkward he could not make friends <i>at Harvard</i>, as the next chairman of the Fed. Reuters reports: “The newspaper, quoting unnamed …

How Miley Cyrus Responded to the Bruno Mars Super Bowl Selection, and Other Imagined Celebrity Connections

<i>Each week, we look at the biggest celebrity news—and amuse ourselves by imagining how those celebrities might have reacted. Join us as we tweet with George Clooney, craft with Lady Gaga, and visit the Jolie-Pitt kitchen.</i><p><b>12 Years a Slave receives enthusiastic praise at the Toronto Film Festival,</b> …

The J.F.K. White House, Jackie’s Life, and Kennedy Tragedy: A Vanity Fair Special Issue

To mark the 50th anniversary of the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, <i>Vanity Fair</i> has released a special issue, <i>The Kennedys: The Best of Vanity Fair,</i> as a way of remembering the man, honoring the legacy, and showcasing the rich and varied coverage that the magazine, over the …

The Wrath of Putin

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the richest man in Russia when he dared confront then president Vladimir Putin, criticizing state corruption at a meeting with Putin in February 2003. Arrested that fall, then convicted in two Kafka-esque trials, Khodorkovsky has been imprisoned ever since, the once …