Paul Ford Unmasked in the New York Times

The New York Times has a nice spotlight piece about Paul Ford today. We've been big fans of Paul's work at FTrain for years-- and he was nice enough to sit for one of our first interviews:

The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?

It's going to be really hard to find beer, like during the blackout, so while everyone else holds each other and begs God for redemption, I'd hit the store. If I had to spend the last day alone, I'd get a huge book I've been meaning to read, like The Tunnel by William Gass, and see if I could get through it before everything ended, taking a break to watch Dan Rather cry. If I wasn't alone, I'd try to spend my last 24 hours the way I usually spend my spare time: sex, crying, and looting.

Recently Paul revealed that he was the author behind The Morning News' Gary Benchley series, which concerns an aspiring rocker and his adventures through some of Brooklyn's more popular precincts. For those of you who prefer books in paper-form, Gary Benchley, Rock Star, is now available and a value at $14. Finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't applaud Rosencrans for sneaking this little anecdote into the paper of record:

Another admirer was Rosecrans Baldwin, who, along with Andrew Womack, founded The Morning News in Brooklyn in 1999.

"Paul and I met years ago when I wrote him an e-mail saying I liked an article he'd written," Mr. Baldwin said. "He wrote back saying he wanted to rape me. I replied with similar zest and our correspondence has continued similarly."