From catastrophic weather and violent school tragedies to increasing numbers of same-sex marriages and elected minorities, 2013 was a year of contrast and change. But for me, no impact hit closer to home in 2013 than the losses we chalked up among the familiar folks who signed off forever. From heroic Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid Read More
I don’t know why there is such a fuss over this fake South African sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial.
New Yorkers use made up sign language every day.
Gently rubbing one’s own cheek while making eye contact with a concerned expression, for example, would silently tell a colleague that they have “schmutz” on their face. This is best used with a professional rival in an important meeting when there’s nothing actually there.
Here are some other examples that might be useful.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered that flags at City Hall be lowered to half-staff this evening to honor the late Nelson Mandela, who died earlier today at the age of 95.
“My second favorite film of all time is Shawshank Redemption,” raved Star Jones, wearing a striped hat and cream dress to Monday’s Mandela Day luncheon at the Pool Room at the Four Seasons, “but I want you to know that I watched The Sum of All Fears for the 14th time last night.” Which is Read More
Rick Stengel had a piece in this week’s issue of Time, the magazine he edits, about Nelson Mandela. It was the cover story: "The Secrets of Leadership"; in the piece Mr. Stengel went through eight prescriptive slogans (example: "Keep your friends close – and your rivals even closer") and explained how they relate Read More
With all the local hype over The Real Housewives of New York City, we’d almost forgotten about their west coast predecessors and sister show, The Real Housewives of Orange County, which taught us everything we’d ever wanted to know about plastic surgery, Southern California Republicans and bad parenting. But now that Read More
The new managing editor of Time magazine will be Richard Stengel, Time Inc. announced this morning. Stengel, currently the head of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, previously held several editing posts at Time and Time.com. The full announcement comes after the jump:
RICHARD STENGEL NAMED MANAGING EDITOR OF Read More
Another weekend, another irrelevant Michael Jackson post. The last, I promise.
But if you enjoyed The Politicker’s link to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s frolics among the Jackson fans, which we posted last week, you should check out the animated intro to Jackson’s official fan site, MJJSource. A true, multi-media classic Read More
Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World , by Eric Foner. Hill & Wang, 233 pages, $24.
“We must forget the past,” Nelson Mandela once said, hoping that a new South Africa would emerge vengeance-free from its crippling history of apartheid. Eric Foner, a distinguished historian at Columbia University, hears that and Read More
George W. Bush and Richard Cheney made an unusual pair as they worked the rope line after Mr. Cheney’s anointment in Austin, Texas, last week. Mr. Bush was all motion, smiles and sex: Lee Atwater playing Chicago blues back in the old days. Mr. Cheney tagged along, bald and portly as the Soviet dignitaries that Read More