Lloyd Grove explains the life of the gossip columnist:

But I have also learned, after nearly eight years of writing a daily column in both D.C. and N.Y.C., that gossip can be good for society — don’t laugh — and can even, perish the thought, be legitimate journalism. All it takes, beyond being insanely competitive, is an honest heart, a keen eye, a strong stomach and a thick skin.

Well, we have three out of four, and we’re learning the fourth.

BTW, we figured out yesterday that someone was posting trollish comments here while posing as an industry figure. The comments have been deleted. Homey don’t play that.