Archive for February, 2011

Badger State of Mind

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My new column for Crain’s New York Business asks if our Boston-born mayor isn’t trying to turn New York City into Milwaukee.

Rolex vs. Timex

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Here’s a fascinating piece on print by Wilson Quarterly editor Steven Lagerfeld.

A Capital observation

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I’ve just found a newish blog to bookmark called Capital New York, thanks to its co-founder and editor Tom McGeveran‘s post on Elizabeth Spiers‘ ascension to editor of the New York Observer. At the risk of offending the Spiers-chuckers out there, I wholeheartedly agree with McGeveran. I first noticed her shortly after Gawker debuted back in 2003 and have been a fan ever since. Readers of Gripebox know I feel the same about the Observer and its crew who, McGeveran writes, “refused to shoot peas with straws at the people who were more powerful than they were, but instead surprised … Continue reading

The Real Free Press

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In his media column today, “At Media Companies, A Nation of Serfs,” David Carr comes down on the side of those who think professional writers shouldn’t write for free for the Huffington Post and ought to consider same before posting on Facebook and Twitter. Perhaps because he has a ready-made megaphone, that local community newspaper he writes for, Carr doesn’t get the benefits HuffPo and Facebook offer those of us who lack his significant advantage. Two years ago, when Rogues’ Gallery was published — and effectively ignored by the mainstream media after a stealth suppression campaign by truth-averse Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading

Arianna and AOL: Big swingin’ chick

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Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is the focus of my latest column for Crain’s New York Business, where I will now appear every other week as a columnist covering Gotham’s many glamour industries. More on that from Keith Kelly in today’s New York Post. UPDATE: Fishbowl likes this headline.

Suleiman says…

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“In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country. May God help everybody.” Amen!

Live from New York… it’s this week’s speaking engagements

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Like the great Michael Corleone says, “Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in.” I’ll be speaking about Rogues’ Gallery at the New Canaan Public Library at 151 Main Street in New Canaan CT on Thursday February 10th at 7:30 PM as part of its Authors On Stage series, and then at 8 PM on Friday February 11th in the Grand Salon of The National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan, I’ll be reading — quite possibly the first brief preview from my upcoming book Unreal Estate — at The Literary Life Reunion, … Continue reading