- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 7, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) — The Village Voice suspended one of its editors after he admitted fabricating material for last week’s cover story, a look at “The Secret Society of Pickup Artists.”

The weekly alternative newspaper published an editor’s note on its Web site (www.villagevoice.com) last week announcing the suspension of senior associate editor Nick Sylvester.

In an article about the effect that Neil Strauss’ book, “The Game,” has had on the singles scene, Mr. Sylvester closed with a description of a night in which he and three television writers from Los Angeles tested strategies for picking up women at a Manhattan bar.

“That scene,” the Voice wrote, “never happened.”

It attached a note from Mr. Sylvester, in which he said the account was “a composite of specific anecdotes” shared by two of the participants. One of the people supposedly present, the comedy writer Steve Lookner, was not involved at all, Mr. Sylvester acknowledged.

Mr. Sylvester, who also wrote for the online music magazine Pitchfork, joined the Voice staff last year. Mr. Sylvester resigned from Pitchfork last week after the magazine asked him to quit, said editor in chief Ryan Schreiber.



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