Posts Tagged: NY Times

Shakespeare on the Verrazano

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In 2013 Ross Williams began an ambitious project: film all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in 154 different New York City locations, and reach “beyond the restrictions of a live performance in a small theater.” Now the project has taken a large step forward, as the group completed their 100th film, which features the Emmy-award winning […]

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Writing Helps Writers

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Powerful writing might be just as moving for the writer as for the reader. New research is demonstrating that the old advice about writing through your problems might actually be based in science. Researchers in various studies are gauging how writing about situations can help improve them, like students writing essays about the difficulty adjusting […]

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Photographing Hermits

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Photographer Carlo Bevilacqua spent five years photographing hermits for a project he calls “Into the Silence.” Each of his subjects choose to live outside of society for different reasons – from the extremely religious, to the spiritual, to those who simply want to live alone. The project caused Carlo to reexamine social norms: “I worked all day long […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Boycotting for Balance

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There’s been a couple articles as of late suggesting we change the way we deal with social inequity—by pointedly not participating in its fulfillment. Instead of setting our sights on the people actively promoting the problem, why don’t we all participate in correcting the imbalance? Because doesn’t it affect everyone, regardless of whether they are […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bill Keller on Books

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Bill Keller is doling out more contentious opinions! We already found out what he thought about twitter— its consequences on our cognitive abilities and its potentially deleterious effect on the well-being of his thirteen year-old daughter. But now he is taking a break from insulting ephemeral communication to critique good, old-fashioned books. Why critique those […]

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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 […]

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Monetary Support for Indie Bookstores

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Anybody who appreciates the community value of their local independent bookstore knows about the monetary pressure imposed by Amazon and internet-based competitors. So if you really appreciate the value of independent booksellers and the literary community it supports, why shouldn’t you reciprocate? This NY Times article laments the admission charges that independent booksellers are introducing […]

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Where Has All the Anonymity Gone?

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What are the cultural consequences of cell phone cameras, social media websites, and online photo hosts? The degradation of anonymity and an obscured understanding of privacy. It’s shockingly simple to identify people on the web—whether to scorn them for an embarrassing moment or pinpoint the victim of political violence as an activist. This newfound publicity […]

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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. Who […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. But there’s another case before the Court […]

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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. It’s […]

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Saturday Morning Links

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Welcome to Saturday everyone. Warning: following this link might make you question humanity for the rest of the day. Hint–it involves Twilight and a dildo. Via Slog the Stranger. More Edward Cullen madness at Geekologie. For crying out loud, some movies don’t need to be remade. Same goes for you, Brian Singer. Didn’t Hollywood learn […]

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The Death of the Vodka Snob?

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I’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? Not much, and in tough economic times, lots of people are rediscovering that. […]

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