and I’m a spy. I work for a secret organization called
. Our mission? To uncover what you need to know about what girls really think and want.
Each week an agent will send you a classified briefing containing intelligence on topics like:
1. Picking up girls on Friendster.
Gentle readers, we stopped reading there.
: SD emails: “Double Agent Jesse
is really my friend C. from high school (and Ave. A). I can’t believe they lied about her name. You can’t even trust the Web!”
· Double Agent
· Double Agent Videos
· Daily Candy for Dudes
Times front page darling Gawker breaks the news that The Smoking Gun has found documentation of the new 11 Spring Street owner. He’s none other than Lachlan Murdoch. Choire’s even got the goods on how Lachlan financed the $5.25 million deal. Smooth.
· 11 Spring Street: Mystery Solved! [gawker.com]
· 11 Spring Street Property Transfer Report [tsg.com]
· 11 Spring Street Sells [ls.com]
We’d like to take a moment out of your busy day to alert you that the JA/JVG/LS publishing venture Book of Ages 30 (“literature with a lower case L,” in the words of our esteemed agent) is as of today available for purchase.
In conjunction with the “eagerly anticipated” (Gothamist) volume, we just launched an accompanying website that includes a 30-centric weblog. Do check it out. And, in the immortal words of Aaron Bailey at 601am, “[G]o buy it right now. Now!” (Also: thanks to Matt Gross for making us sound much brighter than we are in a New York Magazine Q&A this week.)
Shilling aside, it will be interesting (well, interesting to me) to see whether weblogs can help promote sales of a book. Talking to our publicist at Random House last night, she confirmed something we posted about a few weeks ago: that only the biggest authors get budgets from publishers to create websitesand even then, they’re usually created in-house. That isn’t exactly a formula for fresh thinking.
One brilliant weblog book-promotion venture is Kevin Smokler’s Virtual Book Tour, which sends authors from weblog to weblog to chat, post, or just hang out. (Currently, Dennis Hensley is virtually touring in support of his book, Screening Party.) How will we tell if the Book of Ages website is having any impact? Well, there’s the excellent All Consuming, which tracks what books webloggers are talking about, and OnFocus’s Weblog Bookwatch, which inspired it. And of course, in the end, it all comes down to Amazon sales rank. We’ll keep you posted.
· Book of Ages 30 [bookofages.com]
· Virtual Book Tour [kevinsmokler.com]
· All Consuming [allconsuming.net]
· Weblog Bookwatch [onfocus.com]
Word from a seemingly reputable LS.com tipster is that Lower East Side citizen of the decade Moby is packing up his mixers and moving a few blocks to the new luxury development at 7 Essex Street (@ Canal). Apparently, Moby sprung for one of the penthouse triplexes in the building, which the 7 Essex website says carry an asking price of $2,395,000. The bigger question: is the 11-story building the right fit for someone of Moby’s ilk? Pluses: the open loft space is delivered as a “white box” for the tenant to customize, and the lobby looks as tripped out as Berlin’s newest boite. But the development’s website doesn’t point out that the “spectacular park and skyline views” across the “newly renovated” Seward Park give way to a maze of ugly public works highrises. Not exactly what you’d call a million-dollar view.
· 7 Essex Street [vestadevelopment.com]
· Franke, Gottsegen, Cox Architects [newyork-architects.com]
· Moby’s Journal [moby.com] entry from yesterday: “well, although i assume that there are probably a few brothels on canal street by the manhattan bridge, i’ve never actually been to one and i imagine that were i to find one with my telescope the curtains would be drawn which would, of course, defeat the purpose of trying to look at a brothel through a telescope.”