Yesterday, USA Today‘s editor-in-chief David Callaway announced that the paper had hired Rem Rieder, the longtime editor of the American Journalism Review as the new media editor. As part of his role overseeing media coverage for the paper, Mr. Rieder will continue writing a column on the subject for the newspaper.
The hire brings some serious journalism chops to the “Nation’s Newspaper,” which was widely ridiculed for its use of graphics, color and infotainment when it launched in 1982. But a lot has changed in the past 30 years. The Internet, for one, has made the idea of a national daily both less laughable and harder to keep relevant. Last fall, USA Today redesigned the paper, tablet app and the website in an effort to keep up with the changing times.
In June 1985, a centerpiece float in San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade bore a giant mock tombstone shrouded in garlands. Solemn volunteers walked down Castro Street, handing out fistfuls of free condoms. Not long before, the parade had been an extravaganza replete with drag queens and leather chaps, but AIDS had changed the mood, Read More
It is always sad when a show closes, and unbearably so when the closure is stunningly unexpected. When the acclaimed revival of Larry Kramer’s 1985 The Normal Heart closed after nine weeks at the Public on June 29, the shock was palpable. For here was a memorable production that was being considered for a Broadway Read More
A tremendous event is happening at the Public with Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart , and you must hurry to experience it at all cost. Put simply, in its blistering conviction and courage, the landmark play ought to be seen by everyone. It’s a matter of great joy to me that Mr. Kramer’s 1985 tragedy Read More
In Jonathan Tolins’ new play, The Last Sunday in June , several gay guys meet in a Christopher Street apartment during the Gay Pride parade. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
The guys-including the apparently contented couple who own the apartment but are moving to the burbs, a young actor who’s recently come Read More
‘That’s not an option.’
You hear the phrase so often these days. A smug
colloquialism, it holds very different meanings depending on which side of the
utterance you happen to be on. Speak the words, and you are the victor, the one
holding all the cards. Hear them, and you are the vanquished, the clear Read More
Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America , by Dudley Clendinen and Adam Nagourney. Simon & Schuster, 716 pages, $30.
Finding the Boyfriend Within: A Practical Guide for Tapping Into Your Own Source of Love, Happiness and Respect , by Brad Gooch. Simon & Schuster, 171 pages, $21.