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 (nytimes.com)
* Of course, Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has something to say about this (gawker.com)
* Earlier: Nolan has to “speak the unvarnished – and sometimes mean – truth” (jimromenesko.com)

More to read…
* David Simon recalls when he “swore off the sex lives of the famous as journalistic currency.” (davidsimon.com)
* Audit Bureau of Circulations changes its name to Alliance for Audited Media. (nytimes.com)
* FCC recommends cross-ownership waivers for Tribune Co. (chicagotribune.com)
* USA Today memo announces newsroom changes. (gannettblog.com)
* “Impossible tasks” at the Washington Post: CJR on Brauchli’s and Baron’s duties. (cjr.org)
* “I’m terrified at the prospect of not writing,” says Michael Wilbon. (shermanreport.com)
* What journalism can teach the business world. (forbes.com)
* The Magazine Museum in Skokie, Ill., is a quiet place. (dailynorthwestern.com)
* What it was like living with Jayson Blair during his darkest days. (curbed.com)
* Guy Fieri on Pete Wells slam on his Times Square restaurant: “I thought it was ridiculous.” (mediabistro.com) | Olive Garden fan Marilyn Hagerty weighs in, too. (jimromenesko.com)
* Warren Buffett sells some of his recently acquired Lee Enterprises stock. (reuters.com)
* “I think Twitter is like another vehicle for letting us zip around Facts,” says Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke. (ajr.org)

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