Morning Report: Laurel Touby’s digs, David Simon on sex, living with Jayson Blair, and more

The Touby/Fine loft. (Credit: Trevor Tondro)

Laurel Touby sold Mediabistro for $23 million in 2007 and spent about a quarter of that on a 4,000-square-foot loft. The 49-year-old entrepreneur and her husband, former Businessweek media writer Jon Fine, threw a housewarming party for 200 people last week, then sat down for an interview with Penelope Green. She writes:

Some mornings, Mr. Fine said, they wake up expecting someone to throw them out of their fancy-pants loft. “If so, I’d still feel lucky,” he said. “I was looking for Laurel for a very long time.”

As for Ms. Touby, her anxieties transcend the price of her furniture, she said. When pressed on what she spends time worrying about, she answered quickly.

“Losing it all,” she said. “Or being forgotten.”

* The loft that Mediabistro built (
* Of course, Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has something to say about this (
* Earlier: Nolan has to “speak the unvarnished – and sometimes mean – truth” (

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