Snobby and Ricky Come Out of the Closet
Oh noes! Jared just got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and fell down. So loud! Of course I woke up. He’s fucking 6’4″ tall. The noise was like a redwood crashing down in our apartment. He’s having some inertia issues. I am a little worried. Furthermore, he disobeyed my order that he should not imbibe while on antibiotics. Today is the end of his run and he couldn’t hold out. It’s the second time he’s toppled over in 2 days. He says that he sort of blacks out and falls. After being abruptly awakened from stage 4 NREM sleep, I found myself pondering upon the revelation of the Snob. I couldn’t fall back asleep and now here I am on the laptop.
I guess the identity of Bike Snob NYC is not so secret in NYC cycling circles, and I’ve seen articles in the past by people attempting to identify him at certain events by triangulating their angle with the angle from which photos appear on BSNYC. Plenty of people have known who he is for some time, but nobody wanted to be that guy to out him.
Now his identity and full name are being made public in several articles circulating the interwebs.
Despite the fact that I pretty much knew what he looked like anyway, I feel like my whole world just got rocked. It was always apparent from certain interview photos and even some of his own photos on the blog that he is a white dude with brown hair of average height, it is still a shock to see his face. It feels like the end of Star Wars when you get to see Darth Vader. Of course you’ve been waiting to see his face, but when you finally get to see it you realize that that the mask makes the man. For some reason it disappoints me to see that he has bicep tattoos and a tribal looking flame tattoo on his calf.
It is a bit of an anticlimactic outing. I was expecting something a little more grandiose. I mean, geez people. It’s a big deal for some of us! Can’t you at least allow him to out himself? You let Ricky Martin do that! Stupid NY Times. Perhaps he is going to be slightly perturbed about this post.
Update: I am correct. Snob was decidedly irked by the NYTimes move and said, “I also want to un-thank and revile the Wall Street Journal’s rival newspaper, which got wind of the article just before publication and attempted to execute a last-minute “cockblocking” maneuver yesterday wherein they ran some half-assed piece of their own.”
I always thought that the proposed BSNYC book was a joke and that he would just stay anonymous, but apparently the Snob’s promises to reveal himself this May were genuine. If he was already going to come out in a month anyway, why did they feel the need to publish this article? Well, now I’m just as guilty for facilitating in his outing to the 5 of you who read my blog.
Then I found this new article, which includes the face shot, so he is ok with it happening now after all.
Seems to me that the that NY Times was being petty and wanted to be the first to reveal him. It’s obvious that the Times didn’t clear it with Snob first. They used a photo of him sitting in a puddle from last year, and the article barely says anything other than his full name as well as linking to his wedding announcement in 2001. That’s sorta bad form in my opinion, but I suppose that is how journalism works. Sure am glad I didn’t pursue that route. Back in ’06 when I had a future, I was accepted to University of Maryland’s graduate program for Journalism. It’s a damn good thing I decided to become a bum instead, or I wouldn’t be around here wallowing in the trenches.
I like how some of the usual suspects from the BSNYC comments section show up in the NYTimes comments.
“what a bunch of stoopid yankees and ifen you dont likes it you can kiss my grits
any country feller will tell you that snobby is going gaitering
the fact that hes using his feet instead of diving in and using his hands meens he just aint quite gots the hang of it
snob, since i is standing up fer you kin i gets a free copy of your book and have you sign it
my girlfriend jolene wure would like it
— red neckerson”
While the Times post was not at all informative, I did learn a few new things about Snob from the WJS article:
-His name is Eben Weiss
-Initially, he even hid his secret blogger identity from his wife.
-He is expecting a kid in May
-He had a brief stint as a bike messenger
-The big one for me. He is a retired literary agent and his wife is an editor. He now writes full time. I was under the impression that Snob was still employed in the publishing industry, which I suppose he technically is but from a different angle. Now I am beginning to understand how he has the time to churn out such masterfully crafted posts every day. It is still demoralizing to compare the mud puddle of WIABIS to BSNYC’s ocean of cynicism and sarcasm.
I selfishly just can’t help but think of the potential implications of the news. How is he going to get away with his spy photography for blog fodder? It could have a serious impact on my daily reading material. I just hope that Snob can continue Livin’ La Vida Loca and that angry hipster mobs don’t cramp his style.