Posts Tagged: NY Times

A SOPA Roundup

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Here’s the bill text of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

An explanation of the three major ways that SOPA could impact journalists.

An NY Times op-ed argues “while American intellectual property deserves protection, that protection must be won and defended in a manner that does not stifle innovation, erode due process under the law, and weaken the protection of political and civil rights on the Internet.”

Yesterday was declared American Censorship Day as hearings began in the House.

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Times New Roman’s Dramatic Past

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The history of the New Times Roman font involves the artistry of a yacht-maker (William Starling Burgess) plagiarism (by one Stanley Morison) and the truth’s delayed discovery by a Canadian printer (Gerald Giampa) almost seventy years later.

The font’s initial appeal was its ability to fit more words in a broadsheet of the Times, thus saving the paper money.

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Bowie’s New Biography

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Paul Trynka wrote a Bowie biography, titled David Bowie: Starman. It will combat all the David Bowie aggression you may have experienced as a result of the decisions he made in the 80’s.

Even if you’re one of those people who just “likes his early stuff,” this biography may help you revisit the pretty boy rocker who made it pop culturally relevant to not belong.

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A Private Life for the Memoirist

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There are those writers that relinquish their private lives to the world, choosing to share the honesty of experience, which is often difficult for those family members and friends who were part of this experience.

Changed names and confrontation come up all the time for the memoirist, but what about protecting those family members that don’t exist yet?

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Phone Hacking and Its Here, There and Everywhere Influences

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News International’s phone hacking scandal has regenerated all over the web as the scandal continues to unfold, tracing back the hacking and subsequent bribery that’s been happening for years–more and more articles appear detailing the latest happenings in Parliament.

With the shutdown of The News of the World and News Corporation’s imploding BSkyB deal, both Rupert and James Murdoch are deeply implicated and garnering contempt from the public and political spheres.

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Tomi Ungerer Re-appreciation

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Tomi Ungerer, writer of over 150 books, illustrator, engineer and designer of a cat-shaped kindergarten, considers himself “basically an author,” amidst all his varying accomplishments. This NY Times article features an excerpt from an interview.

Recently, his career has been experiencing a resurgence of appreciation with some of his children’s books being republished and a documentary in the making, as well as a retrospective at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Evolutionary Arguing

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Next time you’re basking in the glory of your ability to reason, thinking that you’re closer to arriving at some sort of ultimate truth, consider this first.

Apparently, our reasoning instincts come from a primordial impulse to win arguments, a “hard-wired compulsion to triumph in the debating arena,” or at least that’s the theory.

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Sorkin and Carr Discuss the News

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Director Aaron Sorkin’s conversation with NY Times columnist (and intrepid memoirist) David Carr for Interview Magazine delves into the territory of addiction, journalistic journeys and the state of news media. He uncovers much about the state of journalism in these aggregation-based and blog-heavy times, and sheds light on his own unconventional path to the NY Times.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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With the year winding down, the book blogs have been ablaze with your typical speculations about the best of this and that.

But perhaps there are less obvious threads out there if we only knew where to look. . .

The New York Times retraces the fictional haunts of Patricia Highsmith, our ‘most Freudian’ of novelists.

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Expression So Vile

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The First Amendment case that’s getting most of the attention this year involves Citizens United and political speech by corporations, in large part because most court watchers believe that the Court’s conservative majority is going to overturn almost a century’s worth of precedent when it returns its decision.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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It’s Saturday night, the skies are cloudy, and the satellite reception keeps cutting in and out. Guess it’s time for some poetry links.

I don’t generally link to poetry reviews elsewhere, but the NY Times reviews poetry so rarely that I figured I ought to do it if only for the sake of novelty.

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Science Saturday

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It’s time to release my inner geek. Okay, not so inner.

Behold the cannibal galaxy! Triangulum, your day is coming!

The nonprofit Solar CITIES is installing solar power systems in the poorest parts of Cairo.

Global warming science is complex, and deniers are either co-opted by a dirty energy lobby or just stupid, and this news is going to make refuting them a little tougher.

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The Death of the Vodka Snob?

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08feed_190I’ve never understood the argument for super-premium vodka–vodka is supposed to be, by definition neutral (don’t get me started on flavored vodkas), so what, outside the stylishness of the bottle, can a super-premium vodka offer that Popov or Luksosowa or Smirnoff can’t?

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