Oh, my! New York Times prints the F word

Yesterday’s New York Times T Magazine ran the opening lines of Jonathan Lethem’s “Dissident Gardens,” which includes the word fucking. “It’s unclear how or why this f-bomb made it past The Times’s prude copy-editors,” writes Rebecca Greenfield.

Salon’s Laura Miller points out:

By burying its first use of “fuck” on what’s essentially the contributors’ page of the fashion supplement, a page that is typically withheld from the online version of the magazine, the Times is breaking with tradition in the most low-profile way imaginable.

She adds: “If you happen to read T magazine online (though what would be the point?), you won’t be able to find it at all.”

* New York Times (quietly) drops the F bomb (salon.com)
* New York Times deigns to use the F word (theatlanticwire.com)