Half-year numbers indicate that Random House has benefitted handsomely from the Stieg Larsson hysteria, CEO Markhus Dohle says in the memo posted on GalleyCat. Parent company Bertelsmann reported a “surge of profits” in a release, and in the memo Dohle claims the publishing house was a “significant contributor” to the uptick.
Random House has doubled Read More
Ken Mehlman, who ran George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign, has admitted that he is gay. Writing in The Atlantic, Marc Ambinder said Mehlman made the realization about his sexual identity “fairly recently.” The one-time head of the Republican National Committee told Ambinder that “Everybody has their own path to travel, their own Read More
A 7-year old robs Catbird in Williamsburg, apologizes.
British Airways issues a ticket to Osama Bin Laden in an internal magazine.
The New Yorker picks the “20 Under 40” fiction list.
Sarah Palin told everyone that this BP thing would happen.
Patrick Stewart is knighted. Read More
Shitty, shitty, shitty!
The Goldman-skewering Senator from Michigan all but commandeered the s-word for the week, but he’s really just the latest in a long (and occasionally esteemed) line of public officials who, when circumstances require it, are unafraid to drop some heavy shit.
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It’s October 2008, the middle of the global financial apocalypse, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has kayaked to a private island. The most expensive government spending act in American history passed a day earlier, but now he’s hunting redfish. “I felt like myself for the first time in a long while,” he sighs in On Read More
From now on, the headlines about Afghanistan will be slugged “Obama’s War,” and perhaps that is fair enough given the president’s many endorsements of what he has called a war of necessity. It would be much less fair, however, to ignore the events that led us to this moment, when whatever choice he makes will Read More
Documentary filmmaker and longtime Michael Moore collaborator Meghan O’Hara is currently working on a feature-length documentary about George W. Bush’s military service in the Texas Air National Guard, The Observer has learned.
Ms. O’Hara, who field-produced Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, is in the early stages of getting the project off the ground. Read More
Barack Obama’s Presidency is less than a year old, and he has already found himself on the roller coaster ride of American politics, media and celebrity. It must have been a pleasant surprise to wake to the news on October 9th that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. While it will be derided Read More
For those of us who worked closely with environmental professionals during the eight years of the Bush Administration, we know that it was a time of declining resources and reduced political support for environmental regulation. It was demoralizing and more than a little scary. Last weekend an excellent piece of environmental reporting by the New Read More
It’s often noted that the most hawkish elements in squabbling countries unwittingly enable and support each other. The stand-off between the United States and Iran illustrates this perfectly. Tensions between the countries date back decades, of course, beginning with the U.S.-instigated overthrow of Mohammed Mosaddeq and his democratically elected government in 1953 and escalating with Read More