He calls Ben Brantley some sort of "odd, shriveled, bitter Dickensian clerk." Bear in mind that Brantley didn't care for Orphans, which Baldwin stars in, and that might have something to do with Baldwin's opinion. Meanwhile, the actor says he sorely misses the genius of ex Times critic Frank Rich ... More >>
Lately the New York Times has lost a few of its star writers including legendary critic and columnist Frank Rich and foreign correspondent Dexter Filkins, along with a handful of others, and although people change jobs all the time and for a variety of reasons, the timing was enough to make u ... More >>
A New York Times veteran of nearly two decades, Bob Herbert is leaving the Op-Ed page, the paper announced in a memo on Friday. Saturday will be his last column. Herbert's resignation comes in the wake of Frank Rich's departure for New York magazine after nearly three-decades in various roles ... More >>
The New York Times had a big, important meeting today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, in which the people in charge talked about how the business side is going. For most everyone that reads the paper, the discussion is boring beyond belief. ("The improvement in p ... More >>
VICTORY! for a New York City newspaper, while the rest are going down, down, in an earlier round. A new, familiar byline at New York's Vulture, and a new, familiar byline at AgencySpy. The iPad is still just The iPad, but Twitter is definitely still Twitter. Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast is sti ... More >>
The white brain, beset with worries, finally goes haywire in spectacular fashion
Our little neighborhood construction flap over whether to build a mosque (which is really like the equivalent of an Islamic version of the Jewish Community Center) near Ground Zero took a huge step onto the national and then international stages over the weekend. At a Ramadan Iftar dinner at the Wh ... More >>
From the Department of You Done Good On This One: the New York Times declined an invitation to have lunch with the president and "about a dozen" other reporters at the White House today. Why?
Last week, a war of words broke out between two fairly notable New York media presences. It was started after an editor was fired last week, the news of which we broke here. And we thought we'd try to end it here, too, by speaking with both about the spat.
Sixteen years after a controversial departure, a return
Twitpic by maisonmurray. Twitpic by kimandel. "Weather was perfect, crowds were huge, colourful, friendly and very noisy," says Daisy Root. "The pavements were five or six deep down 5th Avenue..." Sounds like business as usual for the Pride Parade and its many constituent groups, including th ... More >>
In Sunday's New York Times, Frank Rich wrote that culture warriors -- that is, those "intrusive and divisive moral scolds who thrived in the bubbles of the Clinton and Bush years" -- are being "laid off" in the Obama era, because people are too concerned with the genuine crisis of the economy to ... More >>
Credit: David Rodgers Playwright and actor Charles Busch has just opened his latest play, The Third Story--an MCC production at the Lucille Lortel Theatre that counts Kathleen Turner among its fine cast. On the occasion of the new piece, which naturally features Busch in copious amounts of female ... More >>
The Taliban conduct a night ambush against U.S. troops on January 24. A commenter on this YouTube video wrote: "holy cow, tracer rounds are so cool!" Yeah, really cool. What a Sunday in sports and terror: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer fought to the death in a Grand Slam final, and so did the Pit ... More >>
From the multiplex to the stump: It's caped crusader versus community organizer, and the end is nigh
Two plays about structurally-unsound foundations
The center sorta holds: Hello, gay libertarian NRA diehards! Come on down, bitter Howie Dean holdouts!
Choosing the Narrative for the GOP Convention
A Messianic Meller for Our Time
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In Which Paris Is Constructed (and Deconstructed)
The Gathering Storm Over Gay Rights
Why We Voted for Slim Shady
'Times' Photog Is Tagged by Controversy
Media Offer Glimpse Into Military History
Turning to Pop Culture in a Time of Trauma
In Search of the Perfect Hamlet (Or Just a Good One)
Why Hate is Hot
Taking On Toronto's Film Festival