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Tina Brown Launches Online Beast


Former New Yorker editor and Talk magazine founder Tina Brown's online behemoth, The Daily Beast, launches today, and certainly has the Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, and New York magazine in its sights.

The site is named after the fictional tabloid in Evelyn Waugh's 1938 novel Scoop.

In a Q&A on the site, Brown is asked if she's doing this because she's jealous of Arianna Huffington. Says Brown: "Not entirely, though I have always followed Arianna's career with the liveliest interest. She is a very old friend, going back to when she was at Cambridge and I was at Oxford. I love what she has achieved at HuffPo. And her partner Ken Lerer, another old friend, has also been a total mensch about the birthing of our beast."

She describes the site as "a speedy, smart edit of the web from the merciless point of view of what interests the editors. The Daily Beast is the omnivorous friend who hears about the best stuff and forwards it to you with a twist."

The Daily Beast [official site]

Oh, Boy

About three years ago, I wrote Andy Towle a fan e-mail after discovering and swiftly becoming addicted to his excellent blog. I told him I’d wanted to start my own, but his was exactly what I had in mind so he had saved me a lot of work.

Six months later, unable to resist spending all my free time pouring out my heart for no pay, I launched Boy Culture. I wrote him again to ask his opinion and advice, which he gave freely.

Now, Andy has asked me to take over Towleroad through Thursday. I’m honored and will do my best to bring you what we’ve all come to expect from Towleroad while adding a dash of my own sensibility. I look forward to your feedback and am open to suggestions anytime at


Queenlighting_photo_4 Well, it's nearly sunrise as I write this and since this is my second (or maybe third) job, I don't have anything nearly as clever to say as Josh & Josh Are Rich and Famous did last summer when they filled in for Andy. But I will say that's it's great to be here and that I'm flattered that Mr. Towle asked me to guard his brainchild this week.

I remember editing a story for the The Times Circuits section back in '03 and coming across the word "blog" for the first time. I had no idea what it meant and spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure it out. It would be another year before I actually found myself reading one when a Google search for information about one of the cute boys I'd seen on Bravo's "reality" male model search show -- that guilty pleasure "Manhunt" -- directed me directed to Towleroad. (You never forget your first blogger, Andy.) I remember how fascinated I was by the whole thing. It was sort of like a news site, only it was this gay guy (then) in Los Angeles talking about things he likes and doesn't like, with pictures and interaction with his readers. (I e-mailed him and he actually e-mailed me back!) I was hooked and in '05 I decided to try my hand at it. Andy had said in an interview that his blog started out as a way to keep in touch with friends and family and then slowly turned into more of a general interest site. I, on the other hand, started mine with a gay culture theme in mind and then found things turning far more personal following the death of my father and one of my best friends in the course of three months. I think that's what I like best about blogging -- it can serve whatever purpose you want it to.

Anyway, enough reminiscing. I look forward to a fun week with you Towleroad guys ... oh, and tips and feedback are greatly appreciated (I'm kenneth212 at gmail dot com).

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News: Brazilian Soap, Fox News, Madonna Nanny, Vogue Blogs

road.jpg And counting: Nine papers have now dropped Ann Coulter's column.

Foleyroad.jpg Fox News at its finest: a gallery of screenshots documenting their "fair and balanced" coverage.

road.jpg CNN and ABC's Glenn Beck on Hillary Clinton: "Hillary Clinton cannot be elected president because ... there's something about her vocal range. There's something about her voice that just drives me -- it's not what she says, it's how she says it. She is like the stereotypical -- excuse the expression, but this is the way to -- she's the stereotypical bitch, you know what I mean? [A]fter four years, don't you think every man in America will go insane? I'm sorry for being such a pig. But please, America. Please. I don't think I could do it for four years. I mean, sure the country is going to go to hell in a handbasket, but could we make this about me for a second? I just don't think I could take it from her...there is a range in women's voices that experts say is just the chalk, I mean, the fingernails on the blackboard." Beck appeared on Towleroad most recently for defending Isaiah Washington's use of the "F" word.

road.jpg Around the world: Brangelina to Vietnam for new adoption.

road.jpg Clip: Brazilian soap Paraíso Tropical introduces gay couple.

road.jpg Darkness in clubland: Remembering the Roxy.

Wintourroad.jpg Editor Anna Wintour thinks blogs are too garish for Vogue: "'They are expanding the Vogue Web site and getting more involved with the Internet. But Anna hates the word 'blog' so much, she refuses to call anything on her site a blog and has charged her staff with coming up with a new word that isn't as garish-sounding. She wants it ASAP - in time for launch.' However, a source close to Wintour said, 'Anna just doesn't want people to refer to stories as blogs, because they're not. It's an improper use of the word.' A rep said, 'Anna has nothing against blogs.'"

road.jpg George W. Bush's trip to Brazil: an album of sweet memories.

road.jpg This winter has been Earth's warmest ever.

road.jpg Somethin' for the Fellas: latest video from "gay pimp" Jonny McGovern makes its debut. (NSFW)

road.jpg Star Trek gay AIDS allegory script, originally canned to avoid controversy, to get made: "New Voyages is gearing up to begin filming its fourth episode in June, and it will be an updated version of Gerrold's "Blood and Fire." The gay characters in this version are Capt. Kirk's nephew, Peter Kirk, and his boyfriend, Lt. Alex Freeman."

Wrestlerroad.jpg High school wrestler in court for fingering teammates. More...

road.jpg Nestle has responded to complaints in New Zealand that an ad for its Milo product, which we posted last month, is homophobic. Said the company: Milo has a strong focus around sport in New Zealand. The commercial is demonstrating a typical moment in sport in which it is possible to get carried away with the moment. When one boy kisses his friend on the cheek he is demonstrating his enthusiasm for having won the touch game, his friend is taken by surprise as this is not a common gesture in New Zealand sport (unlike what you see in European sporting games). The reference to 'that is not cool' is in relation to this not being a common gesture during a sporting game in New Zealand. This tagline has also been used in other ads in relation to different sporting situations. We are firmly of the view that the advertisement does not have any homophobic connotations. We are sorry that you have construed the ad this way, we certainly did not wish to upset anyone with the advertisement."

road.jpg Words: Madonna kills off former nanny's tell-all memoir?

News: Louisiana Sinking, Celebrity Worship, Swiss Gay Union, HX

road.jpg First same-sex couple to tie the knot in Switzerland are 89 and 60 years old, and have been together for 30 years. They registered their partnership on Tuesday in Locarno in the southern Swiss state of Ticino. Said one witness: "It was very moving. At some point I think we all had tears in our eyes."

Jolieroad.jpg Angelina Jolie is the Virgin Mary, Wal-Mart is place of worship in new painting.

road.jpg Louisiana may have bigger problems than broken levees. Researchers say that much of south Louisiana is slowly sliding into the Gulf of Mexico: "The southward movement, the study says, is triggered by deep underground faults slipping under the enormous weight of sediment dumped by the Mississippi River. The slippage, though, is confined to a large egg-shaped area approximately 250 miles long and 180 miles wide that encompasses the delta of the Mississippi, which was built up by river deposits over the past 8,000 years, the report says."

road.jpg REPORT: New York's HX magazine fires entire sales staff.

road.jpg Grace period over: Megan Mullally talk show cancelled.

Showerroad.jpg Celestial shower: objects enter atmosphere in dazzling display over Denver.

road.jpg SURVEY: Gays use social networking sites, visit blogs more than straights. "Some 33 percent of LGB adults surveyed said they used MySpace, with heterosexual users only reaching 28 percent. The figures for Facebook were even at 11 percent each, while Friendster attracted 11 percent of LGB respondents compared with 4 percent of heterosexual respondents. Twenty-seven percent of LGB adult internet users said they visit for at least one hour or less per week, compared with 22 percent of all heterosexual respondents. Meanwhile, almost one in four LGB internet users said they visit blog websites, compared to 12 percent of heterosexuals, with more than one in three LGB visitors seeking out their favourite blogs every day."


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