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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Anya Kamenetz is the Most Annoying Person in NY, Pt. III

Anya Kamenetz is at it again.

What she writes about is really important, but then she makes one's skin crawl with first lines like:

"Can't complain when the subject of your new book becomes a special issue of the New York Times Magazine and a Page One story in USA Today within 2 days."

Barf. As far as I can tell, neither the NYT Mag nor USA Today mention her shitty book even once, yet the clear implication is that no editor would have ever thought to examine student debt unless the mighty Anya Kamenetz had jack-booted into the public discourse.

In her Huffington Post bio, she claims she is "a spokesperson of, for, and to young people in economic difficulties." There's the self aggrandizement again, and also the problem. She is not positioning herself as an observer or critic (much less as someone with any kind of economic or sociological training). She positions herself as a spokesperson, yet she is NOT a person with significant economic difficulties. She's just a whiny bitch. She has precisely zero self awareness and an unfortunate little megalomania problem. And because she makes it about her experience, that whininess is at issue.

As she gloats in her piece, she'll be at this conference tomorrow with her comrade in mediocrity Barack Obama. Any hecklers?


  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    For more bitching about Obama, see this article in the Nation by David Sirota and comment thread at MyDD, whose new tagline ("Direct Democracy for People-Powered Politics") makes me want to barf all over Anya Kamenetz.

    Glad to see you back from Ibiza.

  • At 11:59 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Yeah, Spring Break was amazing. Girls gone wild!

  • At 10:27 PM, Blogger Anya said…

    I think I will bookmark this page, and come back to it when I'm feeling full of myself.
    I agree, what I'm writing about is important. That's why I think it's great and worth pointing out when USA Today writes about it, and the New York Times Magazine interviews and quotes me about it. Being cast as a spokesperson is like, whatever. My bio is kinda beside the point, my reporting is really what I stand or fall on. But believing in what I do I would be crazy to turn down any platform I was offered. I imagine you feel the same way or you wouldn't put so much energy into a blog.
    But next time, I'll try not to sound quite so pleased with myself. I can see how that would get annoying.

  • At 12:06 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Ok, I have to say that I was planning on changing the word "bitch" in my post the next time I went online, because it reads as misogynist and is emotional and distracting.

    I am heading to bed but will try to reply more fully tomorrow. Briefly: Anya, sorry if I was harsh (I'm sure you're a lovely person, etc.), but that's the beauty of blogging, right? I stand by my criticism that your coverage is marred by an overemphasis on your own experience, which you don't analyze in a very sophisticated (or clued in) way. And you really have to change that Huff Post bio (in your reply, you write "being cast as a spokesperson" -- isn't it actually "being cast by myself as a spokesperson"?).

    I elaborated here in March, exchanging words with a couple of your defenders. In fact, at least one of my co-bloggers here (Emma B, another Yalie lol) thought I was being overly critical of what is basically a worthy project.

  • At 12:20 AM, Blogger Emma B said…

    Ummm, I don't remember denfending anyone really...

  • At 2:10 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Oh, sorry, you're right. It was actually Emma G who defended her. Glancing at it, I thought it was you.

    I hadn't realized Emma G. had already broken the comment barrier. I apologize for berating her at a party the other weekend for being a lurker...

  • At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Will said…

    Oh, it's finally ok to critize Obama! It's about time.

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