New York Magazine sparked a wave of mockery on Twitter after it was reported that the weekly publication was producing a flattering essay book honoring progressive politician Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.
The book, titled Take Up Space: The Unprecedented AOC, is published by Simon & Shuster. It is scheduled to release in hardcover for $ 28 on February 1, 2022.
The publisher’s website describes the book as “an engaging and comprehensive biography of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… which explores her explosive rise and impact on the future of American culture and politics.”
However, critics quickly targeted the left-wing magazine, bought by Vox Media in 2019, for ridiculing the Socialist Democrat.
“I would rather believe you spent an enormous amount of time inventing this as an elaborate parody than believing it’s real, so don’t try to change my mind,” online editor Jeryl Bier joked. .
Lavah Harkov, diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, made a similar note, tweeting: “beyond parody”, as did Benjamin Weingarten, columnist for Newsweek.
‘Elaborate parody’: Twitter users raged against New York Magazine on Monday after it was reported that some of its writers and editors were producing this collection of essays paying homage to Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Ocasio-A lifted wrinkles left and right in September when she attended the Met Gala in this “Tax The Rich” dress
Tom Bevan, co-founder of the right-wing political website RealClearPolitics, joked in a tweet: “No left-wing personality cult here.”
Desi Cuellar, who is running to topple Ocasio-Cortez in the 14th Congressional District next year, joined the chorus of ridicule, writing in an article: “I have an essay to write. I doubt they’ll have it. will accept, however.
The 400-page book will feature a series of essays written by “leading” writers and editors of New York Magazine, paying homage to “one of the most prominent political and cultural stars in recent memory”.
According to the Simon & Shuster website, the book will include an opening essay “On AOC’s Unprecedented Position in American Politics” by New York Magazine editor-in-chief Rebecca Traister.
Another essay, by Rhonda Garelick, will examine the role that the “beauty” of the raven-haired progressive Democrat plays in her public perception.
Writer Molly Fischer’s contribution to the book will be an essay exploring the “rare authenticity” of the two-term Queens congressman.
A section of the collection will focus on highlights of the former bartender’s burgeoning political career, including Bridget Read’s “The Campaign”, Kate Aronoff’s “The Making of the Green New Deal,” The College Years. ‘Angelina Chapin, and “The Dakota Access Pipeline,” by Michelle Ruiz.
Desi Cuellar, who is running to topple Ocasio-Cortez in the 14th Congressional District next year, also weighed in
Other sections of the book will highlight Ocasio-Cortez’s relationship with Puerto Rico, his “place in the history of the American left,” his “greatest social media hits,” the “total average of his boyfriend “and how teens” see her as the politician of their future. “
Additionally, the essay book will feature a “deep dive” into “The Squad”: a group of six Democratic members of the US House of Representatives, including Ocasio-Cortez; Ilhan Omar, from Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley, from Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib, from Michigan, Jamaal Bowman, from New York and Cori Bush, from Missouri.
“Take Up Space offers a dynamic and comprehensive look at one of today’s most influential political and cultural icons,” the description promises.
Ocasio-Cortez, 32, has not commented publicly on the upcoming book.
Some of the essays will focus on the “beauty” and “rare authenticity” of the first-term MP. Ocasio-Cortez has not publicly commented on the laudatory collection
Since her election in 2018, becoming the youngest woman to ever sit in Congress at 29, Ocasio-Cortez has been adopted by left-wing media and celebrated by liberal celebrities, who have been drawn to her progressive politics.
In September, Ocasio-Cortez was invited to attend the ultra opulent and exclusive Met Gala hosted by Vogue, where she arrived wearing a now infamous white gown emblazoned with the words “Tax The Rich”.
Amid a storm of rebuke from left and right, Ocasio-Cortez, who has more than 20 million followers across multiple social media platforms, tweeted: “And before the enemies run wild, the elected officials of New York are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public, I was one of many in attendance tonight. ‘