Magazine May 28, 2018, Issue

The Smearing of Toby Young

British journalist Toby Young (YouTube screengrab via Channel 4)
When the Left decrees you irredeemable

In a 30-year career as a columnist, memoirist, and sometime reality-television personality (seasons five and six of Top Chef), the English writer Toby Young cultivated an image as a laddish, occasionally buffoonish ne’er-do-well. His 2001 comic memoir How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, about his many missteps in attempting to practice celebrity journalism in the employ of Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair in New York, is one of the funniest books about journalism ever written. It was such a success in Britain that Young adapted it for the London stage, where it played for several months. (The 2008 film

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