The Power Broker
When the British Broadcasting Corporation began its search for new office space for the executive and sales staff in Manhattan last year, its focus was on finding space that had a newsroom feel, free of the labyrinthine private offices and barriers so common among law firms, doctors’ offices and corporate accounting firms.
Like the bullpen made famous by Mayor Bloomberg, the company envisioned a Manhattan office with open space that would inspire transparency and collaboration while eschewing privacy.
In New York, the way we live now, to relinquish or be denied one’s boldface identity, whether in the form of a column mention or a byline, is to incur invisibility or social death (which amount to the same thing). I discovered this when I gave up writing in this space regularly.
On the other Read More
Did you realize that, according to the BBC, CSI: Miami—the one starring David Caruso—is the world’s most popular TV series? It features on more Top 10 ratings lists in more countries than any other show. This seems to me a phenomenon worth investigating. Especially since I’ve recently fallen under the spell of the show through Read More
At 3 p.m. on Dec. 15, Ricky Gervais stood opposite a picture of his own round face, blown up to three times its size and resting on an easel in the lobby of the HBO building in midtown.
“Look what they’ve done to my teeth,” he said, jabbing a finger at his jaw, his voice Read More
“I’m breaking down in all kinds of stress-related illnesses,” confessed Greg Daniels, the 41-year-old executive producer behind NBC’s The Office: An American Workplace, the forthcoming remanufactured British comedy starring former Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell. “Just because it’s something I want so badly to work, because it’s something that I would want to watch.”
Though Read More
Bloomberg and Klein Keep Pushing Ahead
For as long as just about anybody can remember, New Yorkers who care about public education—that should be all of us—have complained about how our schools are being managed. Bloated bureaucracies and inflexible work rules came to be seen as enemies of learning and achievement.
That’s beginning to change. Read More
Bad news is good news for journalists, and a Middle East in flames has launched a network star: Richard Engel of NBC. Never one to pontificate or editorialize, the Arabic speaker and BBC veteran lets human beings tell the story for him. Last night he did it again. Sorting thru Read More
Fifteen years and six studio albums into their professional career, the five members of Radiohead find themselves in an unprecedented position. Their longstanding contract with the multinational recording conglomerate EMI—under the terms of which they created, among other things, two critically lauded artifacts of late-20th-century anxiety, OK Computer (1997) and Kid A (2000)—has now expired, Read More
I once asked the late, esteemed voice teacher Beverley Johnson what distinguished a truly great singer. “An inner light,” she said. “Whether you’re talking about Piaf or Pavarotti, the great voices have a way of illuminating their soul.” On Monday, July 3, the most luminous voice I’ve ever heard was extinguished when the American mezzo Read More