After taking recommendations for the 100 best science-fiction and fantasy books ever, NPR is now inviting their listeners to vote on a top ten. This is good, because 100 books has proven a little bit too inclusive for some readers.
“Why on earth is WATERSHIP DOWN on this list?” wrote one outraged commenter. Read More
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are both planning rallies for Oct. 30, with the “Daily Show” host leading the Rally to Restore Sanity and the “Colbert Report” host offering the March to Keep Fear Alive. They may be all the way in Washington, D.C, but Arianna Huffington has been nice enough to charter a Read More
Another day, another online album release. But this time, from a somewhat surprising artist: Bob Dylan. His two-CD album Tell Tale Signs is the eighth volume in the fascinatingly uneven 17-year-old Bootleg Series; it will be available from midnight tomorrow (Spet. 30) through at least Oct. 7 on NPR Music. The Read More
Stephin Merritt wrote and recorded a little ditty called "A Man of a Million Faces" for NPR’s Project Song… um, project.
So for the first installment of a new multimedia experiment called Project Song, All Songs Considered set up a bar for Merritt in Read More
Antonin Scalia is determined to make his private reputation as a hothead his public image.
The private reputation as a bully has long been whispered. (It’s all through Joan Biskupic’s bio of Sandra Day O’Connor (S.D.O: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice)).
But Scalia wants to Read More
NPR and Bloomberg News are reporting that a man who works with animal skins has contracted anthrax. No terrorism, apparently, but cops have quarantined his workspace in Dumbo and his residence in Greenwich Village.
No telling how this affects Dumbo’s property values–but we’re thinking not much.
-Matthew Grace Read More
I was on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday over the weekend, talking about blogs and New York politics and one real element of the overstated difference between online and print reporting: how long you give the subject of a story to call you back.
You can listen to the part of the interview that aired (also Read More
On Oct. 12, the Los Angeles Times announced a new addition to its opinion page. “We were looking for more people who were local,” op-ed editor Nicholas Goldberg said two weeks later by phone. And so the paper will now include a column by Los Angeles resident Meghan Daum.
Meghan Daum? Wasn’t she in Nebraska Read More
I think what pushed me over the edge was the rainy night I circled the block for an hour and 20 minutes looking for a parking space. Like Buddha under the bodhi tree, I learned something. I learned that time spent looking for a parking space is time taken away from your life, time Read More
On the race-and-religion front, you’d be hard put to say things are improving. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe is as unapologetic about pushing the whites off their farms as the Israeli government is about pushing their squatter settlements on Arab turf, which has been so conducive to amity, tranquillity and intergroup cooperation. In Namibia, President Sam Nujoma Read More