Monday, March 06, 2006

More on Dave Itzkoff

We've been poking around, trying to figure out where The New York Times Book Review dug up a science fiction columnist who detests modern science fiction. Dave Itzkoff is a thirtyish editor and freelance writer who started as a low-level staffer at porn-lite magazines Details and Maxim. After that he was an associate editor at Spin magazine, but word is he was recently canned. He has published a memoir of his time in the soft-porn industry called Lads, the highlight of which we are assured is the line:
I don't mean to brag, but I can masturbate to anything.

As far as we can determine, Itzkoff has absolutely no background in science fiction. Whatever expertise he has is in pop culture and music. This is consistent with the The New York Times Book Review's obvious attitude that science fiction is a form of pop culture, not literature. Naturally, Itzkoff will not wish to write anything that might disabuse the Times of that condescending, ignorant notion.

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