Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially inseparable, Mark Bellas engages in a hilariously public couple fight, and John Kerry got way to into opening day.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: dating! Oh, come on, don't make that face: he's got a new single out and she's got a divorce that seems to be dragging on forever. Also, they both need the publicity hit. Also: it might be -- might be -- true love. So lay off. (Note: it's probably not true love.) Kanye, for his part, says he fell in love with Kardashian when she was still with Kris Humphries. Kardashian, famously, was only married to Humphries 72-days before busting up. That's about two-and-a-months, which seems awfully quick to fall in love with someone from afar. We're just saying, Kanye. [Page Six]
Oh no: Mark Bellas -- one of the dancers from Dancing With the Stars -- got into a splendidly screechy couple fight with his girlfriend outside the Playboy nightclub in Los Angeles on Tuesday. She was mad at him for smoking a cigarette after promising her he'd quit. Sources TMZ both parties were "hammered" at the time of the loud, public airing of grievances, something we probably could have guessed. [TMZ]
Tracy Morgan is a card. To wit: he made s surprise visit at a party for Jaguar executives Wednesday night to unveil the carmaker's fancy-sounding new F-series. Morgan reportedly saw three of the new models parked outside STK Steakhouse and proceded to "mount [the XKR] like a stallion, spreading his stomach onto the hood. 'Look, the Jag put a baby in me!' he crowed." Yup, Tracy Morgan is a real card. [Page Six]
Some members of the GOP are starting to get cranky about the Republican National Committee's perceived infatuation with Mitt Romney. "The chatter is the fix is in," former RNC chairman Michael Steele told Politico. Steele adds that he's been "very quietly" approach by ten or so elected members of the RNC "about the influence that the Romney campaign seems to have in dictating the terms of what the RNC is going to do and how it is going to follow the rules." Supposedly, staffers from rival campaigns have raised similar concerns, though that can at least partially be written off as sour grapes. Still: intrigue! [Politico]
John Kerry is back on Twitter, awkwardly talking about sports: yesterday, after the Red Sox blew their season opener to Detroit, the senior senator from Massachusetts tweeted: "Hey Yanks fans: red sox lost opening day 2004 and how’d that work out for ya?" Ugh, what does that even mean, John Kerry? More importantly, who are you even talking to, John Kerry? Nobody gets worked up over opening day. This is latest installment in an ongoing series we like to call 'John Kerry's Slightly Stilted Sports Tweets' -- previous installments have featured him calling Shaquille O'Neal "big guy" and praising Jason Varitek for shoving his glove in Alex Rodriguez's "grill." [@johnkerry via Inside Track ]
Ted Genoways will depart as editor of The Virginia Quarterly Review next month. During Genoways' nine-year tenure, the Charlottesville-based publication won a staggering six National Magazine Awards. It also made national news following the suicide of VQR managing editor Kevin Morrissey in 2009, who, according to a subsequent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, had complained of "workplace bullying" by his boss prior to his death. An internal investigation of the death, released last year, largely cleared the school of any responsibility stemming from Morrissey's death, but faulted the VQR for "questionable" management. [The Reliable Source]
Two new additions over at Details: Sheila Monaghan has been hired as senior editor, while Greg Emmanuel is joining up as articles editor. [Fishbowl NY]