Buzz Bissinger—last seen confessing a leather fetish in pages of GQ—seems to be re-emerging into society. The Daily Pennsylvanian reports the famed Philadelphia writer will be on Penn campus Feb. 17 and 18, speaking and teaching for a couple of days.
As Buzz Bissinger went from adoring Lance Armstrong to abhoring him, it seems he has now reversed his opinion on Penn State, which he blasted during the Sandusky scandal. He spoke last night at Penn State-Berks at student-organized address. It’s hard to know exactly what he said, because the only writeup of the event I could find is scant on details. But here’s what we know.
It was Tuesday afternoon, April 9, when we realized that something both inevitable and unexpected had occurred: Ed Rendell had finally lost his touch.
The signal came in the form a tweet that, on its own, seemed innocuous enough:
Sad to hear of about the passing of Margaret Thatcher. Love her or hate her, she was one politician who was definitely not a WUSS!
— Ed Rendell (@GovEdRendell) April 9, 2013
What’s wrong with this message? Three things come to mind: Read more »
Buzz Bissinger, besides his bipolarity, self-loathing, and mid-life crisisdom, seems also to have a bad case of Compulsive Buying Syndrome. It’s a real thing, says Dr. April Lane Benson, and what’s more, 3 million dudes have it too; of the 18 million or so Americans who suffer from the disorder 20% are men. It’s unclear if any of these shopaholics buy only one brand, however. Or how many of their addictions are linked inextricably to a leather/BDSM fetish. Or how many of them like to wear heels. Not to suggest Buzz’s issues are more serious, of course. [New York]
A week ago last night, I was walking into the Giant supermarket near my house when my cell phone rang. I couldn’t tell who it was at first, what with the Muzak blaring, so I took refuge in the empty organic-foods aisle. “You can’t hear me, can you?” a male voice asked. “It’s Buzz Bissinger.” Read more »
Buzz Bissinger has a piece in the lastest GQ titled “My Gucci Addiction,” and boy is it a doozy. We don’t want to give the whole thing away, but we do definitely want to share this bit of inventory with you:
I own eighty-one leather jackets, seventy-five pairs of boots, forty-one pairs of leather pants, thirty-two pairs of haute couture jeans, ten evening jackets, and 115 pairs of leather gloves. Those who conclude from this that I have a leather fetish, an extreme leather fetish, get a grand prize of zero. And those who are familiar with my choices will sign affidavits attesting to the fact that I wear leather every day. The self-expression feels glorious, an indispensable part of me. As a stranger said after admiring my look in a Gucci burgundy jacquard velvet jacket and a Burberry black patent leather trench, “You don’t give a fuck.”
No he doesn’t. Sandy Hingston noted Buzz’s tendency to dress in leather during her 2010 profile of the man, and really, it’s good that Buzz hasn’t forgotten the working class roots of his journalistic craft, eh? Not to brag, but I have, like, two dozen black T-shirts in my closet—about a third of which actually kind of fit me OK. So Buzz and I are a lot alike that way.
Buzz Bissinger, the biggest Armstrong fan there was, very loudly renounced his support for the fallen cyclist today in The Daily Beast. You may remember Bissinger’s August cover story in Newsweek (you may remember Newsweek), in which he defended Armstrong against the haters and the USADA, which had recently stripped him of his record seven Tour De France titles. Today, in advance of Armstrong’s forthcoming “Oprah” interview, he’s taken it all back, calling Armstrong “unimportant and worthless.” (By the way, I know going on Oprah is supposed to maximize visibility etc., but does anyone know what channel OWN is?) As in Buzz’s pro-Armstrong column, there’s a lot of bluster and vitriol, and the piece says more about the author than his subject. But buried amid all the flagellation (self and otherwise), Bissinger reveals some interesting details about his relationship with Armstrong.
When he reads this column, he will no doubt accuse me of jealousy and a need for revenge because I, like a thousand other journalists, was hoping that he would confess to me.I did want him to confess, because I knew it would be a nice notch on the belt, lots of pats on the head from editors who were all over me to get to the exclusive. I did coo in his ear, playing the familiar but odious game of pissing on his detractors. I did write him emails saying that no journalist would treat him more fairly than me. I detested those emails. I was only further contributing to the slime.
Just when you thought the Piers Morgan/Alex Jones melee couldn’t get any weirder, Buzz Bissinger appears on CNN the next night to tell Morgan he should challenge Jones to a boxing match, show up with a gun, and “pop him.” Presumably to make a point about the gratuitous nature of assault weapons, all Bissinger really accomplished was making himself look like a violent reactionary. And more importantly, inciting this delicious reaction from Jones himself.
Who is this guy he just called for my death on CNN! Segment ended need name! twitter.com/RealAlexJones/…
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) January 9, 2013
It’s almost enough to make you like Mr. Jones. Now here’s the Bissinger video.
Less than six months after launching a new career in talk radio with an afternoon-drive show on 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia, outspoken Friday Night Lights author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Buzz Bissinger has left the airwaves behind. Read more »
Buzz Bissinger—author of Friday Night Lights and one-time Inky columnist—has decided that he’s going to vote for Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential election. A lifelong Democrat, Bissinger has written a lengthy explanation of his flip-flop for the The Daily Beast. You shouldn’t be surprised that last week’s debate played a factor in Bissinger’s decision.
Voting for a president is based on a combination of factual and emotional perception. The tipping point was last week’s debate in Denver. Romney finally did what he should have done all along instead of his balky cha cha with the old white men of the conservative Republican wing: he acted as the moderate he is, for the first time running as himself, not against himself, embracing his record as governor of Massachusetts.