New Yorker: Zadie Smith Writes About Comedy & Class Issues

Wunderkind novelist Zadie Smith has a personal essay in this week's New Yorker that's ostensibly about British comedy of the Basil Fawlty "laugh-or-you'll-cry-genre," but is actually about her father and about class. » 12/15/08 2:00pm 12/15/08 2:00pm

Loose Lips

Russell Brand resigned » 10/29/08 5:30pm 10/29/08 5:30pm from his BBC 2 radio show after being suspended for prank phone calls to star Andrew Sachs, intimating that Brand had "fucked" Sachs' granddaughter. • Lil' Wayne, we are in you, young man. You said of watching your son's recent birth, "It was nasty, very nasty, but it was wonderful." The…