After years of debates
, notoriously contentious
, and the looming specter of a civil rights lawsuit
, a federal mediation agreement between the Town of Hamden and the City of New Haven, Connecticut resulted in the removal of a 10-foot chain-link fence that separated New Haven's West Rock public housing projects from Hamden's Woodin Street neighborhood for nearly half a century. NYT's Benjamin Mueller reports: In Connecticut, Breaking a Barrier Between a Suburb and Public Housing
. [more inside]
The NYT Style section reports
that "image-conscious digital natives" are paying for expensive and elaborate portrait sessions to get one-of-a-kind shots to use in social media profiles and on professional websites. These photos (which the Times incorrectly calls "glamour selfies") are not
your professional headshots; instead the subjects are depicted in a warehouse, in a field, in a pickup truck, etc. The motivations? Enhancing a personal brand, celebrating a milestone birthday... and, of course, getting lots of "likes" on Facebook. Slate's XX Factor blog
defends the trend (if you can call it a trend) by suggesting that the portrait subjects are trying to avoid age discrimination.
NYT Dining & Wine's Ice Cream Issue:
Yesterday, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson
- the first woman to hold that position for the paper - was unexpectedly fired
, reportedly because she attempted to bring on a new co-managing editor without consulting the managing editor already at the paper or the publisher
, though there is also a persistent rumor
that it was because she addressed a pay gap between herself and her predecessor
. Today, the first woman managing editor for French paper Le Monde resigned, claiming that she was being undermined
, drawing more attention to
journalism and media's woman problem
. [more inside]
Something strange is happening at farms in upstate New York. The cows are milking themselves. Rise of the Milkbots.
The Toddler Who Survived, And the Cop Who Became Her Mom: [New York Times]
As a baby, Christina Rivera survived a massacre in Brooklyn whose 10 victims included her mother. Police Officer Joanne Jaffe was assigned to care for her that night, a task that was the first link in a bond that led Ms. Jaffe to adopt Christina. [Image] [more inside]
Veiled Truths by Hossein Fatemi [New York Times] [ Photo essay.]
Photographs of women in Iran — who still face censure for insufficiently modest dress — through their hijabs.
The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists [New York Times]
How a new breed of activists is using science to show — once and for all — that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman.
A sweet little graphic story by Christoph Niemann in The New York Times
: Let It Dough
An n-gram analysis of wedding announcements in the New York Times going back to 1981. See, for example, the decline in elite prep schools
, how well the five boroughs are represented
, or the rise (and fall) of hedge fund managers
among the newly wed. The site's creator offers a more detailed look
over at Rap Genius.
Cheetahs’ Secret Weapon: A Tight Turning Radius [New York Times]
"Anyone who has watched a cheetah run down an antelope knows that these cats are impressively fast. But it turns out that speed is not the secret to their prodigious hunting skills: a novel study of how cheetahs chase prey in the wild shows that it is their agility — their skill at leaping sideways, changing directions abruptly and slowing down quickly — that gives those antelope such bad odds."
SHROOM TRIP ARIA Italiano
[6m48s] is a music video of a section of Joseph Keckler's one-man show I Am An Opera
. [more inside]
– a lexicon from the NYT.
Famous writer Anne Carson
on ice bats: "I made up ice bats, there is no such thing." (SLNYT
) [more inside]
has spent most of his life cultivating spies and diplomats, who seem to enjoy seeing themselves and their secrets transfigured into pop fiction (with their own names carefully disguised), and his books regularly contain information about terror plots, espionage and wars that has never appeared elsewhere. Other pop novelists, like John le Carré and Tom Clancy, may flavor their work with a few real-world scenarios and some spy lingo, but de Villiers’s books are ahead of the news and sometimes even ahead of events themselves." (SLNYT)
"For a few months in 1922, throngs of America’s youth — from schoolkids to shopgirls — were swept up in a leaderless pyramid scheme that promised “something for nothing” and encouraged promiscuous flirtation. These were the “Shifters.” This is their (brief) story.
" (NYTimes link) Previously on the flappers and flapper slang: 1, 2.
[LydiaCallisFilter] Signing Science
The New York Times examines
how American taxes have changed since 1980
"Is she O.K.?" a customer asks.
"My mom?" asks Kristy, the waitress.
"Yes," the customer replies.
Since Sunday, the front page of the New York Times has been featuring a portrait in five parts
of Elyria, Ohio (pop: 55,000), seen mostly through the lens of a local diner. (Second link is to a full multimedia feature, but direct links to the five individual articles can be found within.) [more inside]
It all started on Sept 27, when Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Lee "Poodle" Thompson made his first appearance on the show
. Not a week had passed before Karen Cox's October 3rd op-ed for the New York Times
using him as an example for the encouraging state of being gay in the South. October 8th, Jonathan Capehart wrote his own op-ed column for the Washington Post
taking Cox to task for painting too rosy a picture of what GLBT life is like in the South, and calling for Uncle Poodle to speak out. Finally, October 10, Lee Thompson did speak out, in a profile column with the GA Voice
, Georgia's gay newspaper. And what he had to say is getting positive attention
"Look, goddamn it, I’m homosexual, and most of my friends are Jewish homosexuals, and some of my best friends are black homosexuals, and I am sick and tired of reading and hearing such goddamn demeaning, degrading bullshit about me and my friends." - Merle Miller.
In 1970, two years after Stonewall, Joseph Epstein
wrote a cover story for Harper’s Magazine, Homo/hetero: The struggle for sexual identity
, that came to chilling conclusions: "I would wish homosexuality off the face of this earth." His incendiary language prompted author/journalist/writer Merle Miller to come out of the closet in the New York Times Magazine, with an angry and poignant plea for dignity, understanding and respect: "What It Means to Be a Homosexual." 40 years later, that essay helped inspire the launch of the "It Gets Better" campaign. Via [more inside]
The DoJ drops all remaining investigation and prosecution of US War on Terror deaths/murders through harsh tactics/torture: "No Charges Filed on Harsh Tactics Used by the C.I.A." [NYT
] Glenn Greenwald reacts and describes the cases that just got dropped. [Guardian
] Second link is arguably a violence trigger, but is better and bothers to do things like talk to the ALCU.
The upcoming New York Times Magazine cover story
is about the excavation of the Second Avenue Subway
line below the East Side of Manhattan. It features some stunning photography
and a video
that explains how the work is done. [more inside]
Big Data On Campus (NYTimes) “We don’t want to turn into just eHarmony,” says Michael Zimmer, assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he studies ethical dimensions of new technology. “I’m worried that we’re taking both the richness and the serendipitous aspect of courses and professors and majors — and all the things that are supposed to be university life — and instead translating it into 18 variables that spit out, ‘This is your best fit. So go over here.’ ”
"Wal-Mart dispatched investigators to Mexico City, and within days they unearthed evidence of widespread bribery. They found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments totaling more than $24 million. They also found documents showing that Wal-Mart de Mexico’s top executives not only knew about the payments, but had taken steps to conceal them from Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. [...] The lead investigator recommended that Wal-Mart expand the investigation. Instead, an examination by The New York Times found, Wal-Mart’s leaders shut it down.
An experiment done in the 1990s exposed children to various levels of lead.
The lawsuit filed in 2001 by the parents of over 100 participants accuses the Kennedy Krieger Institute that the scientists knowingly used the kids as test subjects in toxic dust control study. [more inside]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.
Jonathan Franzen's essay, excerpted from his commencement speech at Kenyon College
says, among other things "To speak more generally, the ultimate goal of technology... is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes ... with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self." [more inside]
Hate Man. "How a New York Times reporter dropped out and became a hate evangelist in Berkeley." [more inside]
Mapping the Republic of Letters
is a cartographic tool designed by students and professors at Stanford that seeks to represent the Enlightenment era Republic of Letters, the network of correspondence between the finest thinkers of the day, such as Voltaire, Leibniz, Rousseau, Newton, Diderot, Linnaeus, Franklin and countless others. Patricia Cohen wrote an article about Mapping the Republic of Letters as well as other datamining digital humanities projects
in The New York Times. The mapping tool is fun to play with but I recommend you read the blogpost where Cohen explains how to use Mapping the Republic of Letters
While it should not come as a surprise that some chefs get high, it’s less often noted that drug use in the kitchen can change the experience in the dining room
The Sunday Magazine
- Every Friday, David Friedman (of Ironic Sans
) posts the most interesting articles from the New York Times Sunday Magazine from 100 years ago that weekend. [more inside]
The Year in Ideas
from the New York Times Magazine.
An Iwo Jima Relic Binds Generations. (SLNYTTJ - single-link new york times tear-jerker.)
In a new essay entitled Build the Wall
, David Simon (who was a Baltimore Sun
reporter before he produced The Wire
) argues that if the larger newspaper industry is to survive, The New York Times and Washington Post must start charging readers for access to their websites (preferably done as a single action in concert with each other) — John Gruber
, Dave Winer
, and the folks at Gawker disagree
, and Steven Berlin Johnson argues that while the future for newspapers might be quite bleak, the future for journalism and high quality analysis is actually quite bright
. Meanwhile, the Times is currently doing market research
to see if it's readers would be willing to pay $5 a month for online access, and the Associated Press announced
it's intent to build a new news DRM system that will enable users to “consume, mash up and share AP content based on rights