Monthly Archives: September 2003

Blog timeliness (for Terry Teachout)

Back when Slate first launched, its editor, Michael Kinsley, fresh from the New Republic, was still in magazine-metaphor mode. Do you remember his welcome note? We use page numbers, like a traditional print magazine, and have tried to make it … Continue reading

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Music videos on DVD

DVD is a great medium: there’s a virtually limitless list of films available, they look much better than they do on VHS, and you can do things like freeze-frame much more effectively. But until now, the market has been dominated … Continue reading

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Who will stick up for PowerPoint? It’s always been the subject of low-level grumblings, and Lance Knobel points out that the World Economic Forum, in Davos (usually), has long had a "deep-rooted aversion" to allowing it into presentations. But ever … Continue reading

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The WTC backlash

I promise – promise – that this will be absolutely, positively, my last WTC post. This week, anyway. My piece yesterday was in response to some good questions which were asked back in January and which I felt I could … Continue reading

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WTC: Your questions answered

Back from a long weekend, there’s lots of fabulous new stuff I want to blog about, but first I want to get the last of the WTC stuff off my chest. My last post, on the design revisions, got a … Continue reading

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The refined WTC site plan

It’s been over seven months since Daniel Libeskind was officially chosen as the architect in charge of the World Trade Center site, and a lot of us have been wondering what, if anything, has been going on. Well, today we … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation is a film about loneliness, featuring two individuals drawn to each other partly by the pull of genuine attraction but mainly by the push of having no other respite from their loneliness. Sofia Coppola, who wrote and … Continue reading

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Center aisles

Terry Teachout, arts blogger extraordinaire, reported Thursday on Zankel Hall, the new 650-seat auditorium at Carnegie Hall. I would link to its website, but I’m allergic to horrible Flash pages, so I shan’t. I was fascinated to read Teachout’s piece, … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Elizabeth Spiers

Before Gawker, before, before freelance gigs for everybody from the New York Post to Radar, there was Capital Influx. A blog dating back to when Spiers was still a drone working for a venture capital company, Capital Influx was … Continue reading

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Depuy Canal House

Onwards with the Californification of the Hudson Valley! Last weekend, I visited a small out-of-the-way food fair there, but still the local cheeses were $20 a pound, and you really don’t want to know how much the goat sausages cost. … Continue reading

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Topic Magazine

Magazine subscriptions are to households like cars are to roads: no matter how much space or time is available, they always fill it up and then some. Across the country, New Yorkers pile up reproachfully on bedside tables, Foreign Affairs … Continue reading

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Schiller’s Liquor Bar

(Warning: this posting assumes a pretty detailed knowledge of bars and restaurants on New York’s Lower East Side. If you don’t either live here or frequently visit Below 14th, large chunks of it might well make very little sense.) Keith … Continue reading

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Making money from intellectual property

Most journalists are pretty receptive to arguments about the importance of intellectual property: after all, we make a living producing just that. But at the same time, it’s often clear when things go too far. I’ve yet to hear a … Continue reading

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American Splendor

I’m not entirely sure what the "dog days of summer" are, but if they exist, then surely these are they. The papers are already running summer-movie post-mortems, but the big, serious autumn films have yet to be released: in the … Continue reading

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