If you’re interested in media, Michael Kinsley’s Tina Brown Q&A is exactly what you think it’d be: a fun, juicy, slightly schadenfreude-y must-read. It’s also full of a bunch of really excellently-phrased throwaway sentences that are a good reminder of why magazine writers mattered for so long. Here are my favorites:

On ending print: “I think it was a romantic gamble that there was still life to be had for Newsweek.”

On Petraeus: “A reputation is a hazardous thing to have in the age of so much media.”

A decent summing-up of why (some of) the old guard has been so hesitant to take to Twitter: “You know, it always feels so self-admiring to Tweet.”

On Facebook: “I really believe in falling out of touch with people.”

On British journalists: “Never has more talent been put to such meretricious ends.”

On the new business model: “[Arianna Huffington] also figured out how to get everyone to do it for nothing, which was probably the cleverest thing of all.”

On digital media: “Because all the boundaries of print just feel so incredibly old-fashioned now — the need to do things in a certain shape, in a certain mix, by a certain time of the day in the week.”

And this excellent description of the only magazine I still read in print: “The catnip of Vanity Fair was to treat movie stars like intellectuals and make intellectuals look like movie stars (easier when you have Annie Liebovitz to help).”

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