Monthly Archives: January 2002

Information Superhighway Robbery

I’m uploading this page to my web server over my cable modem internet connection. Time Warner Cable used to have a monopoly on internet cable service in Manhattan, but over the past few weeks we’ve started seeing a rash of … Continue reading

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The fall and fall of celebrity journalism

Be worried about the decline of magazine journalism in this country. Talk might not have achieved a cohesive identity, but at least it did run some well-written pieces. To see what Tina Brown was reacting against, I suggest you pick … Continue reading

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Don’t go anywhere near iname or

Many years ago, at the dawn of the internet era, a company called iname had the rather good idea of registering a whole bunch of domain names (you didn’t need to pay for them back then, it was first come … Continue reading

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More on Sullivan and Krugman

Sullivan has now gone mad. Just after 7:00 this evening, he posted no fewer than four new pieces on l’affair Krugman – an affair, I hasten to add, which he single-handedly created. He seems to be an expert at following … Continue reading

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Just finished reading Austerlitz, and everything the reviews say is true. Sebald really did manage to come up with a whole new genre of book, neither memoir nor novel nor concatenation of postmodern digressions. Austerlitz is a great and haunting … Continue reading

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Talk, with hindsight

I went out and bought the final issue of Talk yesterday. I wondered if, with hindsight, one might be able to look at it and see where it went wrong. I thought I would read through the articles and try … Continue reading

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Talk, R.I.P.

When I interviewed Tina Brown just after the first issue came out, she told me that "people didn’t necessarily know they wanted something, but I think that when you produce something that is entertaining, smart, fresh and new, they will … Continue reading

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Andrew Sullivan, Paul Krugman and Enron

I’m worried I might be getting old. My 30th birthday is fast approaching, and I’ve recently been reminded of that old canard about how if you’re not a socialist when you’re young you don’t have a heart, and if you’re … Continue reading

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Legal lesbian marriage in Texas

It turns out that there are at least two legal lesbian marriages in America. Not civil unions in Vermont, mind, but fully-fledged bona fide marriage. And they’re in Texas! This fact emerges from an article in the New York Times … Continue reading

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Donnie Darko

So I’ve just got back from seeing Donnie Darko at the cinema, and I feel as though I have to put my thoughts down here, in some kind of attempt to get them into shape. One thing is for sure: … Continue reading

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