Last week New York Magazine mistakenly identified its Look Book model, Frances Pierce, as Francine Prose (the novelist and professor).
I think that this error could have been nicely plotted on NYM’s approval matrix, at the intersection of “middlebrow” and “despicable” (NYM’s terminology).
The women *do* share initials, but I call this goof “despicable” because some simple attention to detail—like an individual’s proper name—would have been only professional.
I’m wondering whether a distracted-yet-starstruck English major intern is doing the fact-checking at NYM.
Maybe we’ll see Michael Bloomberg credited as Mel Brooks (this English major minors in theatre) in a future issue, or Derek Jeter as DJ Salinger, the writer/record spinner.