"America may well be in a fateful decline. But given that the country has survived a civil war, two world wars, the Great Depression, 9/11, and the quagmires of Vietnam and Iraq, is our current crisis proportionate to the doomsday hysteria—or have we lost perspective?"
Frank Rich, columnist for New York Magazine
, explores the recurring phenomenon of declinist panic and our national tendency to burnish the past in "Mayberry R.I.P."
posted by shiu mai baby
on Aug 22, 2012 -
After more than 30 years at the New York Times, Frank Rich is departing the newspaper to write a column for New York magazine and its website. Rich has had a Sunday column for 17 years, which followed 14 years as a theater reviewer. [...]
The changes come as the NYT prepares a major overhaul of the Week in Review section. Rich’s weekly 1,500-word column (previously most columns were around 800 words) was part of an expanded Op-Ed page that the Times introduced in the Week in Review section in 2005.
Since then, the proliferation and acceleration of commentary on the web has called into question the role of a weekly opinion section. It’s also called into question the state of most weekly magazines, but for a variety of reasons—including its web sensibilities, New York magazine has been able to withstand those pressures (even Gawker’s Nick Denton has praised the publication).
posted by not_the_water
on Mar 1, 2011 -
What If ... 9/11 Never Happened?
"The broader culture would have gone its own way
, 9/11 or no 9/11—progressing effortlessly from the obsessions of Gary Condit
in summer ’01 to Brangelina and American Idol
in ’06. The Oliver Stone project of August ’06, however, would not be World Trade Center
, but, with exquisite timing, Fidel
One possibility from many in a collection of "could've-beens" compiled by New York Magazine
. Other contributions of note: Tom Wolfe
, Fareed Zakaria
, an alternate-future blog by Andrew Sullivan
, and perhaps best of all, a simple sketch from Ex Machina
's Brian K. Vaughan
posted by grabbingsand
on Aug 15, 2006 -
Mel Gibson wanted Frank Rich's bloody entrails on a stick, wanted to kill Rich's dog. But now...
In the buildup to his new film, Mel Gibson said, about Frank Rich, "I want to kill him. I want his entrails on a stick I want to kill his dog"
(The New Yorker, September 15) . Any american non-celebrity teenager who uttered such threats would have been immediately arrested, interrogated, and forced to submit to lengthy counseling. Yet to right wing US press media, it seems, the "entrails" threat was immaterial
. Indeed, chirps
WorldNet's Barbara Simpson, "Gibson is the bravest man in Hollywood. Perhaps, he's the bravest in the country....Gibson's hell has been very public. "
Now, on Leno, Mel has granted Rich forgiveness and absolution
for Rich's sin of criticizing "The Passion" : "You try to perform an act of love even for those who persecute you"
, said Gibson to Leno.
posted by troutfishing
on Mar 7, 2004 -
1 Mayor, 2 Guys, 1 Shih Tzu.
NY Times columnist Frank Rich reports that NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani -- a Republican -- has been bunking frequently at the home of a gay couple as he goes through his divorce. "Has the mayor picked up any pointers on gay life? 'I taught him a lot of expressions... He didn't know what a Friend of Dorothy was.' " Tee hee. (Log in as metafi/metafi.)
posted by Tin Man
on Aug 4, 2001 -
Death with Commercials
is how the ever apposite Frank Rich
sums up the media-saturated McVeigh execution, the ultimate reality show.
Rich thinks all the hoopla my have served to turn more people away from punishment by death.
posted by caraig
on Jun 23, 2001 -