Via Jason Fagone, I came across this story about the rise and fall of a duo of American muckrakers — Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi — looking to make a splash in post-Communist Russia. It’s a pretty solid piece — lurid and sensational, yet tinged with just the right amount of sentimental whimsy — but the highlight, as Jason notes, is Taibbi’s reaction to author James Verini’s interview attempt:
A group of Truthers even picketed my office, and I’m still picking food particles out of my scarf after an incident in which the movement’s house lunatic, a wild-eyed German blogger named Nico Haupt, tried to goad me into slugging him in a West Side diner.
“Go ahead, heet me, then I haf beeg story!” he roared, scream-spitting half-digested detritus in my face.
Of course I didn’t hit him – nothing in the world is more ridiculous than two writers fighting in a restaurant.
Emphasis mine because, come on, that’s too good to be true. You’re right, Matt: Nothing in the world is more ridiculous than two writers fighting in a restaurant. Unless one of those writers decides to throw coffee in the face of another, entirely unprovoked. That actually might be slightly more ridiculous.