Op-Eds with James Franco
Most people like talking more than listening, because we are all terrible narcissists who find ourselves really fascinating. And when we can’t talk about ourselves, we like to read about the way we talk.
off the record
You would think that the clash between two famed Hollywood dilettantes like James Franco and Shia LaBeouf would be inevitable. After all, Mr. Franco got into his weird art phase around the same time he started collaborating with Marina Abramovic, whom Mr. LaBeouf has clearly ripped off in his new “viral” performance #IAmSorry. (Just remove his bag head, and you basically have The Artist is Present, though Ms. Abramovic has called Mr. LaBeouf’s work “manipulative.”)
But instead of lashing out at what seems like just another form of LaBeouferism, Mr. Franco took to the op-ed pages of The New York Times to defend the star.
The Fourth Estate
Last Thursday, Off the Record found itself in a nondescript room in Tribeca with a copy of Thursday’s New York Times in our lap, dissecting the paper of record from a feminist perspective.
“Taking something so popular is really our jumping-off point to get at what feminism means today,” said Jen Kennedy, a Canadian writer Read More
Bill de Blasio slammed the New York Times this afternoon for its front-page profile of John Doherty, which suggested the new mayor had snubbed the long-standing sanitation commissioner at a press conference yesterday.
The New York Times
Spring cleaning came early for Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
The New York Times publisher donated volumes of books from the Sulzberger family collection to an employee book sale that raises money for paper’s Neediest Case Fund.
Around the town
The New York Times announced today that the wait for the redesigned site will officially end next Wednesday, January 8.
The International Federation of Journalists is begging governments worldwide to start punishing people for violence against journalists and media staff. In case you missed the sad news, 108 journalists were killed in 2013. (International Federation of Journalists)
The Daily Show
John Koblin is going to The New York Times, where he will be a styles section reporter, writes Women’s Wear Daily.
Mr. Koblin, a former media reporter here at The Observer and at WWD, went over to Deadspin, the Gawker media sports blog in March 2012.
Last night, The Daily Show criticized news outlets for failing to cover a credit default swap scheme by Blackstone Group that was first reported by Bloomberg News back in October.
Despite reports that everybody was abandoning the Times, lots of people still work there. And some are even sticking around.
The New York Times announced three promotions this afternoon. Janet Elder and Larry Ingrassia will become deputy managing editors and Rebecca Corbett will become an assistant managing editor.