“There aren’t many dissenters in the room,” said another young man at the party Monday night for Steven Brill’s new book, Class Warfare, about education reform in the United States. The young man, blond, worked with one of the schooling organizations celebrated in the book.
“But, us two,” he continued to The Observer. “We’re certainly Read More
All of the city’s young digerati will be Twittering about Internet Week New York starting Monday, June 1. Expect everyone from your regular Googlers and Facebookers to College Humor’s Jake & Amir, AOL’s newly minted executive Tim Armstrong, Barry Diller, Digg’s Kevin Rose and even Al Gore out on Read More
After Clay Felker passed away Tuesday morning in Manhattan, The Observer spoke to some who knew him well.
The first time I ever screamed “fuck” in front of a room full of women was when I got mad at Clay at the Esquire offices. We were having this argument Read More
How does Steven Brill—the entrepreneur and journalist whose many ventures include Court TV, American Lawyer magazine and the now defunct media-watchdog monthly Brill’s Content—feel about his daughter Emily Brill’s fledgling blog, Essentially Emily: Confessions of a 5th Avenue Misfit, whose topics include “elite private schools,” “Ritalin,” “fashion,” “exotic trips” and “nightlife”?
“It’s getting better Read More
A few words about errors: the kind journalists make, how to think about them, what to do about them. This past year has been the Year of the Error for the journalism trade. Not Stephen Glass or Jayson Blair kinds of errors-those are not really errors but, for the most part, fabrications. Nor errors of Read More
Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, had an order for New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
“Maureen Dowd,” Mr. Libby said, holding a shot of tequila, “drink this.”
Ms. Dowd declined. But a few feet away, Jill Abramson-the Washington bureau chief for The Times -explained that the shots were because Read More
After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era, by Steven Brill. Simon & Schuster, 723 pages, $29.95.
“You lawyers are my angels,” proclaims one of the key figures midway through Steven Brill’s After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era . Sal Iacono, the man who makes the statement, is thanking his pro bono attorney Read More
It was always about us. From the beginning-which is, as with all things these days, Sept. 11-print media was in a self-reflective mood. Once the dailies sorted out the news, magazines like The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine were filled with personal narratives-frequently, it seemed, from rooftops in Brooklyn, whether it was Read More
The staff of the New York Post had a gift for Col Allan on his first day on the job as editor in chief of the tabloid. At the news meeting on April 30, they presented him with an elaborate pedestal sink, in honor of the most memorable detail they’d gleaned about their new boss: Read More