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New York Magazine mocked for producing book of essays on AOC

New York Magazine has unleashed a wave of Twitter mockery after it was reported that the weekly publication was producing a book of fawning essays honoring firebrand progressive politician Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. 

The book, titled Take Up Space: The Unprecedented AOC, is being published by Simon & Shuster. It is scheduled to be released in hardcover with a price of $28 on February 1, 2022.

The publisher’s website describes the book as ‘an engaging, all-encompassing biography of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez … that explores her explosive rise and impact on the future of American culture and politics.’

However, critics quickly took aim at the left-leaning magazine, which was bought by Vox Media in 2019, for lionizing the socialist Democrat.

‘I would rather believe you spent an enormous amount of time inventing this as an elaborate parody than believe it’s real so don’t try to change my mind,’ quipped online editor Jeryl Bier.

Lavah Harkov, diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, sounded a similar note, tweeting: ‘beyond parody,’ as did Benjamin Weingarten, a columnist for Newsweek. 

‘Elaborate parody’: Twitter users lashed out at New York Magazine Monday after it was reported that some of its writers and editors are producing this collection of essays paying tribute to Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 

Ocasio-Raised the hackles on the left and right in September, when she attended the Met Gala in this 'Tax The Rich' gown

Ocasio-Raised the hackles on the left and right in September, when she attended the Met Gala in this ‘Tax The Rich’ gown 

Tom Bevan, co-founder of the right-wing political website RealClearPolitics, joked in a tweet: ‘no left-wing cult of personality here.’

Desi Cuellar, who is running to unseat Ocasio-Cortez in the 14th Congressional District next year, joined the chorus of ridicule, writing in a post: ‘I’ve got an essay to write. Doubt they’ll accept it, though.’

The 400-page book will feature a series of essays penned by New York Magazine’s ‘top-tier’ writers and editors paying tribute ‘one of the most prominent political and cultural stars in recent memory.’

According to Simon & Shuster’s website, the book will include an opening essay ‘about AOC’s unprecedented position in American politics’ by New York Magazine’s writer-at-large Rebecca Traister.

Another essay, by Rhonda Garelick, will take a look at the role the raven-haired progressive Democrat’s ‘beauty plays in her public perception.’ 

Writer Molly Fischer’s contribution to the book will be an essay exploring the two-term Queens congresswoman’s ‘rare authenticity.’ 

One section of the collection will focus on the highlights of the former bartender’s burgeoning political career, including ‘The Campaign,’ by Bridget Read, ‘The Making of the Green New Deal,’ by Kate Aronoff, ‘The College Years,’ by Angelina Chapin, and ‘The Dakota Access Pipeline,’ by Michelle Ruiz.

Desi Cuellar, who is running to unseat Ocasio-Cortez in the 14th Congressional District next year, also weighed in

Desi Cuellar, who is running to unseat Ocasio-Cortez in the 14th Congressional District next year, also weighed in 

Other sections of the book will shine a light on Ocasio-Cortez’s relationship with Puerto Rico, her ‘place in history of the American left,’ her ‘social media greatest hits,’ the ‘total average-ness of her boyfriend,’ and how teens ‘see her as the politician of their futures.’

Additionally, the book of essays will feature a ‘deep dive’ on ‘The Squad’: a group of six Democratic members of the US House of Representatives, including Ocasio-Cortez; Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, Jamaal Bowman, of New York and Cori Bush, of Missouri.

‘Take Up Space offers a dynamic and comprehensive look at one of today’s most influential political and cultural icons,’ the description promises. 

The 32-year-old Ocasio-Cortez has not publicly commented on the upcoming book.

Some of the essays will focus on the first-term congresswoman's 'beauty' and 'rare authenticity'

Ocasio-Cortez has not publicly commented on the laudatory collection

Some of the essays will focus on the first-term congresswoman’s ‘beauty’ and ‘rare authenticity.’ Ocasio-Cortez has not publicly commented on the laudatory collection 

Since being elected in 2018, becoming at age 29 the youngest woman to serve in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has been embraced by left-wing media and feted 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 on both the left and the right, Ocasio-Cortez, who boasts more than 20million followers across multiple social media platforms, tweeted:  ‘And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely 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 several in attendance this evening.’
   


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