John Ortved has written about entertainment and media for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Adweek and New York magazine. His Twitter, @jortved, is somewhat hilarious.

A Quest Called Love

John Ortved on Questlove’s halfhearted new book that’s full of enthusiasm but not exactly a memoir.

What are the hot new bands of the spring? From Zooey Deschanel to LCD Soundsystem, two music journalists round up the music you’ll be listening to as the weather heats up.

From French pop-rockers Phoenix to Jay-Z’s new style of hip-hop, here are the best nine albums of 2009. Journalists John Ortved and Alex Littlefield on what to listen to and what to avoid.

With The Simpsons’s 450th episode airing Sunday, John Ortved tells the inside story of how the show’s creators and Fox lawyers did everything they could to stop his unauthorized history of the show.