Matt Gross, a travel writer for the New York Times, is traveling across the country this summer. He started out in New York on May 23 and is now in Kansas. Check out his dispatches and videos from Weeks 1 (New York)
, 2 (Georgia)
, 3 (Kentucky)
, 4 (Indiana)
, 5 (Wisconsin)
, 6 (South Dakota)
, and 7 (Oklahoma and Kansas
- this weeks installment).
Follow him on his online map here
, check out his FAQ here
, and tell him where to go in Texas for next weeks installment here
The Compleat Steve
has a number of articles written by Steve Martin. I especially liked A Public Apology, How I Joined Mensa,
and Writing Is Easy!
A vanishing world... in a bowl of chowder.
An extraordinary article by New York Times
writer Molly O'Neill about how changes in the recipe for New England's favorite soup reveal sea changes happening at sea. [Images here
Remember when folks were "up-in-arms" after learning that the Bush administration paid
prominent political commentator Armstrong Williams
$240,000 to promote 'No Child Left Behind' legislation? It turns out that a handful of liberal bloggers pulled in some decent cash
this past year from various political campaigns as consultants, while maintaining their "independent" blogs. Case in point: Jerome Armstrong
) made $115,000+ from Sherrod Brown (over 15 months) and $65,000 from Mark Warner (over 12 months). Turns out Armstrong admitted
this week that he has been writing on his blog under various aliases -- including 'Scott Shields.' 'Shields' received payments
from the Robert Menendez campaign.
The New York Times doesn't want people in Britain
to read this article
(try to access it from a British IP address and you'll get an error message). Of course, this is the web, stupid
(scroll down to read it).
Oh God, please never let the NYT review of my latest novel never start like this: Every few years, as a reviewer, one encounters a novel whose ineptitudes are so many in number, and so thoroughgoing, that to explain them fully would produce a text that exceeded the novel itself in both length and interest.
Lately it seems the book reviewers at the NYT--including Michiko Kakutani, on Jonathan Franzen's latest
("Just why anyone would be interested in pages and pages about this unhappy relationship or the self-important and self-promoting contents of Mr. Franzen’s mind remains something of a mystery"
)--have been pulling out all the stops. Poor Irvine Welsh (?).
New York Times 2006 interactive elections map.
A really impressive guide to the current House
, and governor
races with all of the poll data and analysis a political junky could ask for; plus the ability to modify the maps by population, ethnicity, and income levels. It also allows you to play out scenarios
. [registration may be required]
Ever Wonder How Newspapers Decide Which Photos to Print?
NYT Online's Talk to the Newsroom has a question and answer session with the Assistant Managing Editor for Photography, Michele McNally. She addresses a few of the more common questions many people have about how editorial decisions are made in regards to which photographs get published, and which don't among other topics.
At approximately 9:20 PM (ET) on January 6th, David E. Rosenbaum
, a longtime reporter for the Washington bureau of the New York Times, was found lying on a sidewalk in Washington, DC. He was disoriented. He was bleeding from the head. He was vomiting. And, as it turned out, he had been assaulted and robbed
. [more inside]
David Pogue is the rudest man alive!
"My wife and I were excited to receive, as [a] very generous Christmas present from a relative, a Magellan RoadMate 300." He then goes on to absolutely obliterate the gift, *on the New York Times website*, for 20 paragraphs, after which he demands, "For the gift-giver: Do your research. Read the customer reviews. Beware outdated products on store shelves." It's a gift! Learn some tact dude.
"It's Al-Qaida!" I yelled. "We had a heads-up!"
In an exclusive AlterNet interview
, Judith Miller says (and her then-editor Steve Engelberg corroborates) that in July 2001 an intelligence source (maybe Richard Clarke?
) told her about an intercepted communication between two Al Qaida operatives that were disappointed that the US hadn't responded more seriously to the October 2000 attack
against the USS Cole
. "And one Al Qaida operative was overheard saying to the other, 'Don't worry; we're planning something so big now that the U.S. will have to respond.'"
"The mind-set that invites a couple to use contraception is an anti-child mind-set," she told me. "So when a baby is conceived accidentally, the couple already have this negative attitude toward the child. Therefore seeking an abortion is a natural outcome. We
oppose all forms of contraception.
" Don't even mention the mind-set behind a vaccine for HPV
Meet the new New York Times.
After five years
, the most popular newspaper on the web has gotten a facelift. Joining a recent web design trend towards optimizing for wider screens
, they've gone for no fewer than six columns on the front page. And while I wouldn't look for a wiki any time soon, they seem to be giving a nod to the web 2.0 crowd with javascipty scrollable image bars and prominent links to recent video
(hello, YouTube) and current rankings of their most popular, most emailed and most blogged articles
(hello, Technorati). The new Times Topics
aggregate articles (and multimedia) from across the site, along with background info (hello, Wikipedia). All the more impressive, considering the head of their design team (who also redid The Onion!
) was hired just three months ago
. Of course, Mickey Kaus will still see this as proof that Sulzburger should be fired.
Magazine's Gabriel Schoenfeld suggests
that the New York Times
has violated the Espionage Act of 1917
's Jack Shafer remarks
that the case is not too far-fetched, while noting that Scott Johnson of The Weekly Standard
seems to have anticipated
Locked in a Timeless Embrace: A third possibility.
gay couple (manicurists to the King
) or just a case of conjoined twins? Same-sex closeness in historical Egypt.
"I learned this week
that on December 6, Bush summoned Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and executive editor Bill Keller to the Oval Office in a futile attempt to talk them out of running the story
..." President Bush really
did not want journalists to reveal his NSA spying program against Americans [discussed here
.] And in yesterday's rare press conference
, the President said: "An open debate about law would say to the enemy, 'Here's what we're going to do.' And this is an enemy which adjusts... Any public hearings on programs will say to the enemy, 'Here's what they do. Adjust.' This is a war." Neocon guru William Kristol argues
that talk of Bush being an "imperial" president" is "demagogic" and "irresponsible" since "Congress has the right and the ability to judge whether President Bush has in fact used his executive discretion soundly." What is the role of "open debate" in a war against terror that may last for decades?
No time for Warcraft?
There's a whole new industry growing in China for outsourcing your "character". So called Gaming Factories (nytimes reg req.)
have men playing for $250 a month 12 hours a day 7 days a week.
The world's most expensive restaurants,
though even these eateries pale in comparison to the $37,000 lunch
and the $10,000 Martini on the Rock
, poured over a diamond. As a New York Times food critic defends pricey meals
, it is clear that times have changed since another famous Times critic drew letters of condemnation from the Vatican for his expensive dinner
in 1975, which itself was a pale shadow of the most legendary costly meal ever, that of Antony and Cleopatra
Slate's Today's Papers
went the extra op-ed mile today to discuss an NYT front page story
that alleges that DOD intelligence pegged 3 of the 9/11 hijackers as al-Qaeda agents in the U.S. back in 2000
. Remember, this is the same DOD that, under Rumsfeld, wants to establish its own intelligence agency outside of the CIA, having bumbled an earlier incarnation
. The problem? The article is primarily sourced to Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA)
and the ubiquitous "unnamed defense official". Weldon's primary source is an associat of Manucher Gorbanifar, "a well-known Iranian exile whom the CIA branded as a fabricator during the 1980s but who was used by the Reagan White House as a middleman for the arms-for-hostages deal with Iran."
Oh, and he's got a new book out
. The NYT has apparently learned nothing
From the folks who brought you Abu Ghraib,
new information from Afghanistan. More torture of "terrorists," more deaths of prisoners, more untrained interrogators pummeling instead of interrogating—facts direct from a leaked Army investigation.
Recent events have shown that media can kill. Sometimes it's couched as propaganda, and other times it's just bad reporting. But what happens when media breaks the public trust?
Is the New York Times Chickensh*t?
According to one reporter from the New York Observer, the Times fell asleep in safeguarding the public interest over the sale of a major painting to the Wal-Mart heiress.
and the New York Times (reg. req'd)
Going on a "Man Date" (NYT link, reg. required).
Two (presumably) heterosexual guys who knew each other from college go to the museum and dinner without partners -- and apparently this qualifies as a "man date," although (again presumably) there's no kiss at the end of the night or promises to call the next day. Maybe I'm cranky, but back in my day, we simply called this "spending time with a friend" and didn't plaster a thin veneer of gay panic/defensive het rationalization on it. Is the social behavior of straight males now so circumscribed that a guy having one-on-one time with a male friend outside a bar or sporting merits an article in the NYT?
More On Anti-Semitism at Columbia
My interest in this story is primarily about how the New York Times, considered one of the great newspapers world-wide, in fact sucks!---"A week ago, Deacon and the Trunk posted on the release of a report by Columbia University on its investigation of students' charges of anti-semitic conduct by several of the university's professors. The report mostly exonerated the professors, while, at the same time, recording behavior by them which was appalling. One of the points we noted was the craven behavior of the New York Times, which said that it agreed not to report the viewpoint of the complaining students in exchange for early access to Columbia's report. The Trunk wrote:
But what about the New York Times? Is it conceivable that the Times would enter into an agreement not to talk to the subjects of a report in exchange for being given access to the report a few hours before it is made available to the public? [The Times admits it!]
The main business of Napanoch, N.Y., is a maximum-security prison, Eastern New York Correctional Facility, also known as Happy Nap... There is, however, a reason that inmates call the prison Happy Nap. Eastern is more relaxed than other maximum-security prisons, or 'maxes,' in upstate New York, with less hostility between staff and prisoners, and as a result fewer U.I.'s, or 'unusual incidents' -- stabbings and the like. It is said that the farther upstate you go, the harsher the prison conditions can be. Among New York's maxes, Eastern has one of the best reputations. It is one of only three maximum-security prisons in the state where you can still get an education -- not just in manual skills, but a proper college education with a degree at the end, thanks to privately financed initiatives. Uncaptive Minds
The Emperor's New Hump
In the weeks leading up to the November 2 election, the New York Times was abuzz with excitement. Besides the election itself, the paper’s reporters were hard at work on two hot investigative projects, each of which could have a major impact on the outcome of the tight presidential race.
One week before Election Day, the Times (10/25/04) ran a hard-hitting and controversial exposé of the Al-Qaqaa ammunition dump—identified by U.N. inspectors before the war as containing 400 tons of special high-density explosives useful for aircraft bombings and as triggers for nuclear devices, but left unguarded and available to insurgents by U.S. forces after the invasion.
On Thursday, just three days after that first exposé, the paper was set to run a second, perhaps more explosive piece, exposing how George W. Bush had worn an electronic cueing device in his ear and probably cheated during the presidential debates.
United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in [insert country]'s presidential election despite a [insert terror group] terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.
According to reports from [insert besieged capital city], 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the [insert terror group].
....A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in President [insert idiotic Texas Republican]'s policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in [insert besieged country]. The election was the culmination of a constitutional development that began in [insert date], to which President [insert idiotic Texas Republican] gave his personal commitment when he met [foreign puppet politician], the chief of state, in Honolulu in February.
Dateline? Sept. 4th, 1967.
Fact-Checked with archived NYT links at Daily KOS
A child's brain is like a sponge.
(NYT reg) Thank God Focus on the Family
is here to save us from gay sponge brainwashing
and the left's obvious agenda to get us all to Think Pink
Recent neuroscience research suggests that Democrats and Republicans are not nearly as far apart as they seem (NYT).
Will an awareness that we are conning ourselves to feel alienated from each other help to close the political gap? Or, are we conned by science and the media?
Today's weird correction from the NY Times (reg required, of course).
More fuel for the old "who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman?" debate.
A New York Times crossword puzzle
printed on November 5, 1996, election day, was designed to predict the winner of the election, no matter who won. That takes some skill to design.
A new species of monkey turned up in India [NYTimes
]. Though the monkeys are new to science, people in the area are quite familiar with them. They call them "mun zala" or deep forest monkeys. It's a stocky, short-tailed, brown-haired creature they have named the Macaca munzala, or Arunachal macaque.
Maybe not that excting for those of us not excited by, uh, mokeys, but did you know this year there have been other new things discovered?
A new species of plec
and one of Neon goby
, even more exciting, a new
electric fish was found as well. A quick search turned up dozens of new fish this year. ABC News
says 178 new things found in the oceans this year alone, raising the number of life-forms found in the world's oceans to about 230,000. The big question is, of course, how many of those will Taste Like Chicken
The bad news on the little critter front is 1 in 10 bird species could vanish within 100 years
, and I bet they all taste like chicken.
In the year 2014, the New York Times has gone offline. What happened to the news? What is EPIC?
The 'Acting White' Myth.
When smart black kids try hard and do well, they are picked on by their less successful peers for 'acting white.' But it isn't true.
Bowed by Age and Battered by an Addicted Nephew
'They went out late. It was ugly weather. Six below zero in the Brooklyn night. Wind took garbage into the air. A blizzard was in the forecast. It was Lincoln's Birthday, 2003, in Brighton Beach. Not a night for humankind, but the sisters, one 73 and the other 70, didn't get holidays off, didn't get snow days.
In years of miserable low points, it was one of the lowest. As they had done the day before and the day before that, Lillian and Julia hobbled out to Coney Island Avenue, a lineup of chromatic storefronts, to beg from strangers in their cars. They were known out there, regulars among the mendicants. The money was for their bilious nephew and his crack habit, their own blood who was smoking up their lives. He had already cost them their house, their savings, their dignity. "I need one more," he would tell them when he desired a hit, "one more."
Not comply and he would fly into crazed tirades, blacken an eye, bruise their ribs. It had been this way for years, since their lives stopped being comprehensible. '
[From the New York Times; they'll want registration, if you haven't already.]
The Hidden (in Plain Sight) Persuaders
It's not hard to understand why corporations would try "word of mouth" marketing campaigns to promote their products. But why would regular people volunteer to turn their daily interactions into marketing moments? (NYT - requires free registration)
Computer as author. (NYT) "Dave Striver loved the university - its ivy-covered clocktowers, its ancient and sturdy brick, and its sun-splashed verdant greens and eager youth. The university, contrary to popular opinion, is far from free of the stark unforgiving trials of the business world: academia has its own tests, and some are as merciless as any in the marketplace. A prime example is the dissertation defense: to earn the Ph.D., to become a doctor, one must pass an oral examination on one's dissertation. This was a test Professor Edward Hart enjoyed giving." by Brutus.1
is a blistering sendup of the New York Times wedding announcements. Yes, that is Wolf Blitzer standing there, "stoned out of his mind and ogling a waitress."
Why this election is so disappointing...
Opposite today's New York Times' 30-column-inch endorsement of John Kerry, Thomas Friedman makes a good case that several of the most important issues are not being talked about by either candidate in any serious way.
Is The New York Times biased?
Dan Okrent, the NYT public editor, has gone through reams of campaign coverage and delivered his opinion. Make sure you read to the very end.
Previously discussed here.
from the wife of one of the commanders of the three Swift boats, killed in action later, reports on her husbands's views. (via NYT)
The NYT's investigation
into the birth and background of the anti Kerry ad about his Vietnam service record.
Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004)
- one of the greatest poets of the 20th century - passed away on Saturday in Krackow, Poland. I want to remember him here with this:
"Conversation with Jeanne"
The producer strikes back.
After crowing Monday about how he made mincemeat of NYT columnist Paul Krugman on The Factor, O'Reilly gets rebutted on Tuesday via quicktime on the blog of Outfoxed
co-producer Jim Gilliam
An interesting study
by The Century Foundation. I found it while perusing the NY Times op-eds...specifically, Bob Herbert.
It seems that "Household debt and personal bankruptcies are reaching record highs despite low interest rates and rising real estate values."
Terrorist Alert Level: Red Herring!
The New York Times reported today that much of the information that led to the heightened alert in New York and Washington D.C. is actually three or four years old
and that authorities have no evidence or recent communications indicating an upcoming terrorist attack.
George Pataki and Michael Bloomberg, who are both speaking at the upcoming Republican convention, are making political hay
off of people's fears of another 9/11. Some New Yorkers are worried about the enormous cost
of the alert to the local economy, as bridge traffic snarls to a crawl.
Who needs foriegn terrorism when we can just make our own! Are we scared yet?!
Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? Of course it is.
By Daniel Okrent, New York Times
Public Editor. (reg. req'd)