Although musicians are infamous for walking out on bar tabs, trashing hotel rooms and hijacking chuckwagon sandwiches from gas stations, there is one thing they deserve: the ability to torture society with their particular brand of art. Sadly, it happens all too often that bands' tours are derailed ... More >>
Crack popped up in Miami and Los Angeles in the 1970s. The Drug Enforcement Agency didn't pay it much mind then. It was nothing more than a different version of cocaine, the agency figured. Crack arrived in New York City in the early 1980s before most of the public had heard anything about it. And a ... More >>
No country for poor men
Tamara Shopsin Spoonbill & Sugartown Wednesday, 7:30pm, Free Shopsin's new memoir is arranged the way any harried artist's journal might be--in fragments, drawings, photographs, and asides--and surprisingly all the more cohesive for it. Mumbai New York Scranton (Scribner) highlights the underlying c ... More >>
It would have seemed unthinkable some years ago, but Newsweek will not be a print magazine after December 31.
For several years, we've been reporting about a crisis in Scientology as key members of the church -- including some of its highest-ranking former executives -- have left the organization and spoken out about its abuses. One by one, longtime, loyal Scientologists have announced that they are fed up ... More >>
Women still can't have it all, at least according to Anne-Marie Slaughter's new Atlantic cover story. The article basically details women's difficulties with career-family balance, but says that better balance ("having it all") can be achieved if broad changes take place. As with any article tha ... More >>
Yup, this sure is a 3-year-old breastfeeding on the cover of Time Magazine.
A 'power list' for the rest of us
The newish editor-in-chief of Newsweek is the very famous and talented Tina Brown, who took over when her floundering web project The Daily Beast partnered with the floundering newsweekly. During her editorship, Brown famously made both Vanity Fair and the New Yorker sharper and flashier, and ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science gets on its hands and knees and crawls around, searching the dark world of science and technology. Often terrifying, sometimes humbling, our discoveries will make you call your best bud and go, "Wha--?" This week, we examine why Germany's E. Coli outbreak has been ... More >>
The testiness between the Huffington Post and New York Times continued late this week with HuffPo/AOL chief Arianna Huffington taking a lunch speech as yet another opportunity to needle Times executive editor Bill Keller. To be fair, Keller started it, but at this point, it's the Times that'd ... More >>
Every time we turn around there's a switch-up at the newly Arianna Huffington-helmed AOL and Huffington Post hybrid, with the boss simultaneously cleaning house and sprucing up, by kicking AOL-ers to the curb and hiring up a handful of big names. The Huffington reign has left a large number s ... More >>
Fairchild for the digital age.The last we heard from Barbara Fairchild she was getting ready to launch her own food website. Now the ex-Bon Appetit editor is going digital.
New Jalopnik, Gawker's Car BlogGawker, The Daily and NewsBeast, oh my. Three of the year's biggest media launches so far have landed, albeit in different stages, on or around February 1, 2011, making for some vaguely exciting times on the internet, if you're into that sort of thing. Taken tog ... More >>
For my second-to-last Press Clips, Day 27, we have a very, very special treat. Every year, many of the New York-based media companies who produce a large portion of American media that is consumed across the country gather after months of conspiring...to get shitface drunk. Behold:
Lock up ye editorial staffers! The Daily is trying to hire them if they haven't already. And if Papa Rupe doesn't come for 'em, Yahoo will. A New York Observer-er peaces out. Finally, the clearing out of some old items, the firing of some long-needed shots, and the media company you're most l ... More >>
On the front page of Sunday's New York Times is an article about the digital retouching of school photos and its effects on the psyches of today's youth. Basically, we're all screwed because parents who pay as little as $6 to fix their children -- tweaking anything from hair-length to a nasty ... More >>
Dan Abrams' news operation Mediaite loses a founding staff member. New York Magazine snubs New York Magazine. Alec Baldwin is New York's hot new media critic -- Guest of a Guest? Not so much. -- and Emily Smith at Page Six is having some growing pains sans-Richard Johnson, it'd appear. Press ... More >>
Smell that? Media beefs, cooking everywhere this week. Also, blogging on drugs, suing the small guy, shady lobbyists, good hiring sprees, bad hiring sprees, and someone taking issue with Gawker's ethical standpoints. Happy Friday, Part 1, folks:
Is it possible that Republicans could prove to be a closer ally?
An excellent Newsweek cover story today brings the sad news that antidepressants depressingly don't work. Which is sad, because - among other reasons - a lot of people use them. What's even worse, however, is that they work less than placebos.
Pictured, Left to Right: Youth and Skill, Old Age and TreacheryWell-paid media celebrity and (purportedly) boyishly good looking New York Times' star finance reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin is, as they say on the streets, "starting some shit." And he's starting it inside the New York Times, with ... More >>
Good christ. Via Henry Blodget at the Business Insider - who simply and astutely titles his post "Uh oh" - here's the new Newsweek cover. In all of its glory. And we do mean "glory."
Scans courtesy Butt MagazineLorenzo Martone is the charming 30-year-old Brazilian who's design superstar Marc Jacobs' love partner (he's sort of the original Jesus Luz, but not really). And he's showing it all--and telling all--in the new issue of the rough and readable Butt magazine.
The press in other places have discovered the Mayor's pet Atlantic Yards project, with a scathing AP piece on the human cost of eminent domain and a firebreathing George Will column on how much the Founding Fathers would have disapproved. Neither mentions the mayor, but both make it far more ... More >>
Kristen Stewart, New Moon premiere. Twitpic via KriisStewart_. Our Man of the Week is Rudolph Giuliani. He started off with confused but belligerent comments about the KSM trial, making him look like a candidate for something. Then word leaked that he would not run for Governor, then that ... More >>
The USDA has launched a new campaign entitled Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, that includes a close to $65 million handout to help connect small -- especially sustainable -- farms to people seeking local food. [NY Times] To help fight obesity, universities are posting caloric information i ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives April 1, 1965, Vol. X, No. 24 Bruce Injured While giving an imitation of "Superjew," Lenny Bruce fell 40 feet out of a San Francisco hotel window Monday. The 38-year-old comedian broke his arm and suffered possible back injuries. After ... More >>
It turns out it's not Madonna who has healing powers, despite having given birth to Lourdes. It's Britney, bitch! Proof of that is a BBC documentary called Britney Spears Saved My Life, and you'll simply have to believe me on that since I haven't lied to you that often before. According to th ... More >>
In the late election, RedState's Eric Erickson helped spread Ashley Todd's fraudulent "Obama mugger" story. Right after the election, he started "Operation Leper" to purge Palin doubters from the Republican Party. This week Newsweek profiles Erickson, saying he "has grabbed his party's power brokers ... More >>
Bioethics matures into a formal academic fieldand faces an identity crisis
Smart Christian kids and freaky pop pervs rock red states
Attaining altered states through shamanic dance and chanting
A franc discussion: Putting a rocky relationship to the test
The Journalists Who Would Be CEO
David Manning Speaks! Stunning!
Right Joins Left in Call For an End to the Drug War
Jesse Jackson Marches in the Penitents Parade
James Miller Tries to Control What He No Longer Loves