The pop philosopher and self-help author Alain de Botton has taken on an impressively wide array of subjects, such as love, sex, travel, happiness and religion. In his latest work, Mr. de Botton puts on his press critic fedora and turns his attention to something more concrete: the media. Read More
This morning, The Awl announced that Matt Buchanan and John Herrman will take over running the site, which will, after five years in “public beta,” finally get a redesign.
If you enjoy watching sociopaths with ties to the various branches of government that are juuust a little bit too close to make their shenanigans seem like harmless fun, “Southern Charm” is the show for you. Read More
The New York Times ran a correction on a 161 year-old story:
“An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup.” (The New York Times) Read More
Now that Rupert Murdoch is single, he is not surprisingly very popular with the ladies. Especially in Los Angeles.
Most people like talking more than listening, because we are all terrible narcissists who find ourselves really fascinating. And when we can’t talk about ourselves, we like to read about the way we talk. Read More
Long haul train travel is really having a moment.
The train travel fits in with the current retro-chic hipster aesthetic. There is something glamorous about the idea of a luxurious pace of a train ride, even if the end result is the same as a plane: the passenger is actually just sitting, staring out the window or reading, snacking on $5 pretzels while waiting to get to his or her destination. Read More
The New York Times has a very distinctive style for headlines: start with a preposition and invert the basic structure that most sane headline writers would use.
Like many Times quirks, media people find it an object of constant amusement. In fact, media people love it so much that there is a dedicated Twitter feed devoted to spotting them. The more egregious examples of the Times headline style spawns periodic gleeful mentions and blog posts.