“One day, whole tribe falls off cliff.”
—Chief Wild Eagle, Hekawi Indians
Wow, that was a close one, wasn’t it? We just missed going over that fiscal cliff!
Or did we? Technically, we walked right off it, with no compromise on the budget officially voted on and signed into law before the end of 2012. Read More
So now that the election is done at last, we can get down to the hard work of striking a “grand bargain” on the budget by cutting spending and raising taxes, and thus avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.”
Any bargain will be a bad bargain, of course. Not so long ago, any moderately bright schoolchild Read More
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman spent the weekend celebrating his daughter’s wedding.
“Natalie Harold Friedman, a daughter of Ann B. Friedman and Thomas L. Friedman of Bethesda, Md., is to be married Sunday to Daniel Abraham Winston, the son of Denise S. Winston and Theodore M. Winston of Wakefield, R.I.,” read the wedding announcement in, Read More
“I think in the last year I’ve done, I want to say–it’s tough–a few dozen? Thirty to forty would be my guess?”
Jonah Lehrer, a contributing editor at Wired, was on the phone from Los Angeles Monday evening, trying to recall how many paid speeches he had delivered in 2010. Mr. Lehrer, 29, is the Read More
I was walking out of a children’s clothing store with a toddler. A man coming in held the door for a second. “You’re welcome,” he barked as I passed through. O.K., I was too distracted to notice him or thank him. But did I deserve such a harsh rebuke?
In a moment of Carl Paladino, Read More
Ever noticed that the NYT most emailed list is slanted toward, well, an older demographic? Maybe because only folks over a certain age—like our Aunt Mabel—still use the email tool! Here’s a quick, annotated guide to what grandma and grandpa read in the paper (and sent to you!) over the weekend. We read it so you Read More
This week in The New Yorker, Ian Parker profiles Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author Thomas L. Friedman. The story, which is not currently online, is the latest of Mr. Parker’s killer profiles (cf., Baldwin, Alec; Clooney, George; bonobos, sexy), and is chockablock with the great scenes from Read More
From Thomas Friedman’s column in The New York Times this morning. He was writing about the lack of investment in American infrastructure, among other things:
If all Americans could compare Berlin’s luxurious central train station today with the grimy, decrepit Penn Station in New York City, they would swear we were the ones who Read More
Last night, The New York Times turned its lobby into a party space, complete with couches, at least three open bars and a band. Press was denied access, but as was most of the newsroom.
Except for those who were invited. A press release said that the building opened before a "glittering crowd" Read More
Times columnist Tom Friedman just delivered a speech at the Personal Democracy Forum entitled “What happens when we all have a dog’s hearing,” about the saturation of communication technology in our lives. (As if to prove his point, the speech was delivered against an audio backdrop of blogger key-strokes.)
After reading his speech, Read More