“It sucks. I used to be governor of New York,” said a smiling Eliot Spitzer to John Gapper, the Financial Times’s “chief business commentator,” when Gapper asked him “how he was enjoying life as a columnist” for Slate, a gig he started this month. (h/t NRO Media Blog).

More from Gapper’s blog post:

If Eliot Spitzer had had to choose a venue at which to make his re-entry into society, he would presumably not have selected a former massage parlour in Chinatown on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.


But Mr Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York state after getting caught up in a call girl scandal this spring, did not get the choice. Happy Ending, the former parlour in question, is now a sleek bar and it is where Slate, the online magazine was holding its seasonal drinks party…

Oh, those “seasonal drinks parties.” Here’s how those affairs are described on the New York Times’s new blog about drinking, Proof, where “contributors consider the charms, powers and dangers of drink, and the role it plays in their lives” (again, a h/t to Media Blog):

There’s something in the alone-in-the-crowdness of the holiday party circuit, the forced pleasantries and laughter, the charge to be friendly and engaging — but only in a trivial and superficial way — that is very much like the existential condition of the alcoholic psyche…
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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.