This from Beijing: The Village Voice‘s Runnin’ Scared blog is reporting via Boing Boing that Chinese authorities have detained a Brooklyn artist, James Powderly, along with five other Americans. The report says that Mr. Powderly was part of a group that used LED lights to spell out "Free Tibet" Read More
Can you guess which ragingly hot chest belongs to which swimmer? It sounds like a game you might play on Queerty or something, but you can just do it on, you know, NBC’s Olympics Web site.
Stare at the chest, think of the swimmer, click a button, and Read More
"Visitors to the Olympics," Charles McGrath writes in today’s New York Times, "…can be forgiven for thinking that China is a land of unnatural youthfulness where nobody is older than 30…..Older Chinese, and there are plenty in Beijing, are mostly out of sight."
Are they? As of today, the old people seemed Read More
By John Koblin, Felix Gillette and Tom Scocca
At lunchtime on July 29, the New York Times masthead invited a group of reporters and editors up to a conference room in the paper’s executive hall on the 16th floor to eat Read More
It’s the most fashionable Olympics ever! The fashion industry–usually more well known for lack of nutrition than for athleticism–is now angling for a piece of the Beijing Games. Ralph Lauren outfitted the entire U.S. team for both the opening and closing ceremonies; Lucy Liu posed for an "Olympics"-themed spread in Harper’s Bazaar in which she Read More
Joe Kahn, the Times’ deputy foreign editor, is the paper’s go-to China-expert.
He’s won a Pulitzer for his work in China, and has been described as the paper’s most invaluable resource for explaining Beijing and China to the paper’s sports desk.
He’ll be on the Charlie Rose show tomorrow night to Read More
Welcome to the Olympics! If you’re one of the 20,000+ journalists covering the games, you’ve probably arrived. But boy, it hasn’t been easy getting there. Over the past week, The Observer spoke to reporters and editors about their headaches getting credentials in Beijing.
"One day, they’ll e-mail us and ask for certain information and Read More
At lunchtime on July 29, the New York Times masthead invited a group of reporters and editors up to a conference room in the paper’s executive hall on the 16th floor to eat roast beef and turkey sandwiches and talk about the paper’s massive investment in the Olympic Games.
How, they Read More
BEIJING—The last night of the old, normal life, July 19, was mild and beautiful. The air was clear, even though the Olympic rules would not take effect till the next day: the driving ban on half the city’s three million private cars, alternating daily between odd- and even-numbered license plates; the halt to construction digging Read More
BEIJING — When an employee of Rupert Murdoch begins badgering someone about cozying up to the Chinese regime, it’s clear that the People’s Republic is having a public-relations crisis.
“Spielberg said, ‘No, I’m not going to go,’” a reporter said, thrusting a Fox News microphone at British filmmaker Daryl Goodrich on Feb. 23.
Eleven days Read More