Tag Archives: Journalism

The terror of the CD burner

From Dorian Lynskey’s exemplary account of that grandest of hustles, the marketing of the compact disc, as proud a product of late twentieth century capitalism as the Reagan administration: As the decade wore on, there were tremors of unease. The … Continue reading

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Centrism: ‘anti-ideology’

Mike Konczal could have written this piece in 2011 but being Cassandra is a drag: Centrists position themselves as anti-ideology, representing a responsible compromise between liberals and conservatives. The word conjures sobriety and restraint, caution and moderation—all of which sound … Continue reading

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Miles and miles of perfect skin!

Reacquainting myself with Celebrity Skin this afternoon sent me running back to a 1997 interview of Stevie Nicks by Courtney Love. This is the excerpt I remembered when playing “Reasons to Be Beautiful”: CL: One thing you’ve always done, I … Continue reading

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About press regret and Iraq War

Fire Thomas Friedman, David Brooks, Kenneth Pollack, Charles Krauthammer, Peggy Noonan, Judith Miller. Keep them away from the donuts in the green room. Anyone who supported the Iraq War in 2002-2003 should not be taken seriously (Krauthammer should be doubly … Continue reading

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To prepare a face for the faces we will meet

“History shows that the divide between gays who reject any cultural embroidery on their sexual orientation and those who spend evenings hand-stitching it has been around since homosexuality, as a human category, was invented,” J. Bryan Lowder writes in the … Continue reading

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‘I warned you, that I am really irritable’

Isaac Chotiner interviews Seymour Hersh about his story debunking the Obama White House’s claims regarding the death of Osama bin Laden. It does not go well: Chotiner: Well let’s talk about sources. A lot of the reporting that got us … Continue reading

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That’s a hell of an amen

Well reported and moving, this Rolling Stone story and headline could nevertheless have been published in 1974 or 1961. Alternate title: “Inside Country music’s Conflicted Relationship with Booze.” But the core of the article struck me: In presenting himself as … Continue reading

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