Quantified Self

Graydon Carter Isn’t Interested in Quantifying Himself, Thanks Very Much

Mr. Carter, stubbornly unquantified. (Photo: 
flickr.com/shankbone)

Does any corner of New York society remain untouched by the go-go spirit of the raging tech boom? Apparently not.

It seems the culture of optimization has advanced even unto the lofty reaches of Vanity Fair, with this month’s issue containing an exploration of the quantified self by culture critic James Wolcott (not yet available online). And to tee up for his¬†colleague’s column, no less a personality than head honcho Graydon Carter himself opened up the issue with his thoughts on the matter.

His editor’s letter begins, “Not to generalize, but mankind can be divided into three groups.” This’ll be good! Read More

Movers and Shakers

Kara Swisher Gets Glossy: Graydon Snags Scooptress for Vanity Fair

Shades on. (Photo: Google+)

If tapping Annie Leibovitz to shoot David Karp and his sidecar wasn’t enough to convince you that Vanity Fair is serious about covering the tech sector as part of the power elite, how about this coup from the top of the masthead? Wired‘s Ryan Tate broke the news that Kara Swisher has pried herself out of Marissa Mayer’s air vent to contribute part-time to the Conde Nast title, with some convincing from Graydon Carter, of course.

Mr. Tate reports that the tenacious AllThingsD cofounder agreed to “write profiles and other technology-related features,” for Vanity Fair only after “overtures” from Mr. Carter.¬† Read More