Sunday, March 29, 2009

On John Leonard

NY Times critic A.O. Scott wrote this nice remembrance of the critic John Leonard when Leonard died at the end of last year. It's worth reading to get a sense of just how much a book/culture critic needs to know and read, and just how far and wide their work and writing can reach. (Leonard is the critic who wrote the book reviews from Harper's that we're reading for Tuesday's class.)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Other Models

You'll be seeing a lot of these -- stories about daily papers going digital and other stories about other types of papers that somehow are succeeding. I mentioned David Carr's media column the other week, and you should all make a point of reading him every Monday in the NYT (in the business section.) Carr has a very interesting history. He was the editor of an alternative weekly in DC, I think, before coming to the Times. Before that he was actually a crack addict (he wrote a book last year on the subject.) He's a very smart and funny and sharp writer, and he knows newspapers and magazines inside out. Here's his column from yesterday, written from Austin, Texas, where he was covering SXSW.

And here's a more newsy piece about the impending demise of daily print in Michigan.

I don't mean for these to be too depressing. As we discussed in class, there will still be plenty of writing, blogging, and web reporting. The more aware you are of the landscape, the more prepared you'll be for whatever turns you need to take.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mysterious Blog Behavior

Ok, well Caroline has been having some strange tech trouble with the blog. And now I'm sharing some of the same confusion. When I try to paste the URL to her blog into the blog roll with the rest of the class blogs the link keeps taking a user back to this blog. So here's a link to Caroline's blog. Go read it. (If the link works). She has some links to interesting stories about arts and artists and technology and the economy.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Steinem Vs. Solomon

You should all go hear Gloria Steinem speak March 19 at Torp at 2 pm.
Here's a Q and A with her if you want some background.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

DFW, DC and VF

In case any of you are inclined to read more on David Foster Wallace, the writer who wrote the piece that we read about the Maine Lobster Festival from Gourmet, here's a longish story from the New Yorker about Wallace's career and his struggle with depression.

And here's David Carr's Media Equation column from Monday's New York Times in which he again articulates the logic behind his micro-payment proposal and how it's seemingly the only idea that will save newspapers.

And, while we're at it, here's a fantastic Virginia Heffernan column that came to mind after our discussion Tuesday regarding different newspaper policies with respect to reader comments and how to edit, clean-up or attribute them. Very funny, smart and insightful as always.

... OK, and one more. This just went up on the NY Times site about 20 minutes ago, and it offers more dire news for newspapers.