It seems so long ago that we were handcuffed and thrown into the pitch-dark of Blackout Haunted House, the midtown scare-fest that included a whole section of fun-times waterboarding. Our sinuses have all but cleared up entirely, and we’ve put the whole experience behind us.
Not so for Hermione Hoby from The Guardian, who posted her review about Manhattan’s Halloween torture-reenactment event last week (despite the fact that Blackout closed in early November).
The Guardian has announced the shortlist for its annual award for the best first book. This year’s list includes former New York Times reporter Amy Waldman’s novel The Submission and Columbia University professor Siddhartha Mukherjee’s history of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, which came out in the U.S. last year and has already won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.
The Guardian has finally launched its anticipated American web site. Curiously, it did not use GuardianAmerica.com, the ill-fated U.R.L. from its previous venture on this side of the Atlantic (type that in and you just get U.S. news.) Nor has it simply done an automatic redirect to the U.S. page from Guardian.co.uk, which, when accessed from here, has indecipherable headlines about A-Levels and “football” players on its homepage.
Nick Davies, the Guardian journalist who broke the story of the News of the World phone hacking scandal that has Rupert Murdoch eating humble pie these days, has gotten a book deal.
The book will be called Hack Attack (not to be confused with a 1980s-era McDonald’s ad campaign, for those who might be Read More
The expansion of The Guardian‘s international presence online comes with a casualty: the demise of print editions of The Guardian and its Sunday paper Observer outside the UK.
This affects a whopping total of 40,000 people, whom we picture as a small tribe of eccentric British expatriates in velvet smoking jackets and ascots who probably Read More
We reported last week on the American expansion of the bikini-loving online wing of British newspaper The Daily Mail. The Guardian is also expanding its online presence here, but under rather different circumstances – and for the second time. Does anybody remember Guardian America? Yeah, that’s because it didn’t go so well. We Read More
From the Paper
To hear Martin Clarke tell it, The Daily Mail accrued its online readership in America nearly by accident. Lining a landing page with paparazzi shots headlined with expressions of awe and outrage, making the bikini a newsworthy event—that was not transatlantic outreach, just British custom. “Originally we focused ruthlessly on our British audience because that Read More
The Guardian has a charming little feature called My Week In Pictures, where they commission a photo essay from a notable person. Insight into the lives of others! Stars revealing that they’re just like us!
Or something like that. This week, that person is James Franco, the over-booked coffee addict who is currently taking Read More
The Guardian has issued a lengthy list of corrections for two stories it published on October 8 and November 15. Among the highlights The Guardian apologized for calling The Daily Beast’s traffic “tiny” and saying it had “no apparent business plan.”
Seems like someone at the Guardian was either off their nut or Read More
More than a month after The New York Times Magazine story about phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, the British press is still flushing out the details. British Channel Four talked to a former News of the World executive who said that former editor Andy Coulson had direct knowledge of all phone-hacking Read More