Underneath Wonkette's Robes

It’s a man, baby!

Peter Lattman of The Wall Street Journal’s new Law Blog, opens with an explosive piece of blog gossip.

Queen of the blogosphere Ana Marie Cox is said to be handing over the reins at her spicy political blog Wonkette. David Lat, the federal prosecutor who revealed himself to the New Yorker magazine in November as the author of the popular “Underneath Their Robes” judicial blog, is expected to start blogging for the site. Lockhart Steele, managing editor of Gawker Media, which owns Wonkette, declined to comment. We hear that Lat will have a co-editor.

… Cox’s first book, Dog Days, a roman a clef about Washington society and politics, will be published this Thursday, when she’ll embark on a national book tour.So Wonkette, which is nominally written by Greg Beato (a former employee of Cox’s at Suck) is now getting another male writer who will write as a female. That’s just so gender confused, which is perhaps what they’re aiming for. It does bring to mind another dynamic duo…


So I’ll be the first to dub the new Wonkettes as The Ambiguously Gay Duo.

As for Cox hanging it up (as opposed to that extended post election hiatus); that might be an ill advised plan. Check out the initial review for Dog Days:

Cox aims for a light comedy of Washington power, halfway between Primary Colors and Sex and the City. Her powers of plot construction, though, don’t match her political savvy: emotions are predictable, plot twists few. Fans of Wonkette’s wit will find themselves better served by her blog — unless they want to revisit August 2004 as seen from the Kerry campaign, which few real Washingtonians (and even fewer Democrats) want to do.

Speaking of Sex and the City, HBO has acquired the rights to Jessica Cutler’s book Washingtonienne, and Sarah Jessica Parker has signed on as co-producer.

Hollywood picked the winner in the Cutler/Cox book battle before Ana Marie’s book even hit the shelves…

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