Kate Betts, late of Harper's Bazaar, tackles and reviews the eagerly awaited (eagerly awaited by a small but influential cartel of media and fashion types) book, The Devil Wears Prada. The Devil being Anna Wintour, Vogue editor, the author being Lauren Weisberger, a former Anna assistant.
From what Gothamist can gather, Weisberger suffers from young-New-Yorker's-syndrome: thinking she's the first person to have a shitty boss. We applaud her ability to parlay that into cash money, but Gothamist (nor Kate Betts) cannot forgive Weisberger for this: "She...gives us a caustic stuttering travel editor who is a cheap shot at the food writer Jeffrey Steingarten, whom she should have been studying for lessons in how to write." You can vilify underfed fashion editors, but stay away from wonderfully crazy and passionate food writers!
Maria Bustillos of Vintage Voice wonders "Is Anna Wintour Satan?" Anna outraged Paris when she asked for the fashion shows to be scheduled according to her availability. Choice Anna Wintour coverage, courtesy Hint Magazine. The fashion world wonders if French Vogue editor Carine Rotfeld is the new Anna. And PETA has an anti-Vogue site: www.voguesucks.com, complete with Anna-clone.
Another super scary brilliant boss: Movie producer Scott Rudin. Kim Masters of Esquire profiles him this month. His habit of eviscerating his assistants was gleefully shown in Swimming with Sharks, with a then-less-shticky Kevin Spacey as the tormentor/employer producer Buddy Ackermann: "You are nothing! If you were in my toilet I wouldn't bother flushing it. My bathmat means more to me than you!"
NEW Gothamist on Lauren Weisberger's April 17 Today Show appearance