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The International New York Times has debuted, replacing The International Herald Tribune. In a letter to readers, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. wrote, “Today, our future is global. The need for high-quality, authoritative, on-the-ground reporting and analysis from around the world has never been greater.” Online access is free and unlimited for the week, so go Read More
Jason Horowitz is leaving his position as a political feature writer for the Washington Post‘s Style section for The New York Times, where he will be a political features writer, The Huffington Post reports.
The New York Times website went out for a few brief moments this afternoon.
So hey. Afros. You may have seen them on black people in America … for the past 300 years or so. The nifty thing about Afros is that black hair actually grows like that—into Afros. Not kidding. It’s pretty much how black hair grows. As opposed to say, straightened hair, a pixie cut, a bob, a weave, the Dorothy Hamill, the Rachel, or what have you. There are lengths and shapes and variations on an Afro, sure, but the Afro itself is not really a style or necessarily a means of self-expression.
Richard Kim, TheNation.com’s executive editor, called out The Times for running a story in today’s paper that’s awfully similar to a story that The Nation ran four months ago.
The New York Times website went down yesterday afternoon, apparently the result of “a malicious external attack” by the Syrian Electronic Army, the Times (which is now back) reported. The outage, which lasted well into the evening, was first reported around 3 p.m.
Some people who tried to refresh the site during the afternoon saw the icon of the Syrian Electronic Army and a message saying that the site had been hacked.
It’s summer, which means that it is officially rosé high season. And over the years, The New York Times has devoted a lot of ink to the warm months when it is socially acceptable (indeed, even encouraged) to sip the pink-tinted wine. Just today, the paper of record ran a story by Eric Asimov titled “Rosé: In Demand, but Not Demanding.” Which is great, because some alcohols just ask too much!
“A lot of people drink rosé more as a state of mind than anything else,” said one of the tasters in today’s article.
off the record
The latest New York Times dispatch on Ivy League hook-up culture, “Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too” ran long: 4,703 words, to be exact. For last Sunday’s Style section cover story, reporter Kate Taylor interviewed more than 60 University of Pennsylvania coeds over the course of a school year and found that some of the young women interviewed have casual sex!
Some just are too ambitious and devoted to their GPAs for the time-consuming business of relationships. Some get drunk and do things that they regret and then try to put a humorous spin on what sounds an awful lot like date rape in the cold, harsh light of morning. Some perform oral sex because it’s just an easier way to end an evening. And some secretly want boyfriends, despite a breezy hook-up culture that makes young women feel sexually empowered, even if a sociologist quoted in the story contends that college women have better sex in steady relationships. (This after interviewing 24,000 students at 21 universities.)
Guess Who Reviews
Today’s Weekend Arts section of The New York Times had a pretty tepid review of the Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock buddy-cop movie The Heat as its cover story. But they forgot to add a byline! Can you guess which noted movie critic wrote the following passages? (And no Googling the actual review online, because the by-line does appear in the Times’ web version, so that’s just cheating.)
Julie Bloom has been named culture editor for The International New York Times, the recently renamed International Herald Tribune. Ms. Bloom will head to Paris, where she will oversee culture coverage for the global paper in a reimagined version of Katherine Knorr’s position at the International Herald Tribune. Earlier this spring, the Times announced that Dick Stevenson would be the Europe editor of the newly renamed paper.