Fair. Balanced.

The only way to make sense of the news that the New York Times has hired William Kristol as an op-ed writer is to imagine that, tomorrow, we will learn that the Wall Street Journal has handed a column to Noam Chomsky. [tags]william kristol, new york times[/tags]

The value of coming clean about mistakes

The 10ZenMonkeys blog has the transcript of an extraordinary speech by Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland delivered at a recent conference for the Craigslist Foundation. (Found via BoingBoing.) This passage about admitting your mistakes is worth taking to heart, particularly for those newsroom veterans who scratch their heads […]

LotR and Potter: some notes

As I said above, I came reluctantly and very late to the Harry Potter saga, as a Tolkien fan prepared to be dismissive. And I was thoroughly won over. Rowling’s work may fall short of Tolkien’s in sheer mythological scope, grandeur and sublimity; yet it also exceeds its predecessor in other areas –Rowling, for instance, […]

Clash of the titanic business-press cliches

My eight-year-old sons don’t pay much attention to the business pages, but yesterday’s New York Times Sunday Business cover — featuring three cartoon characters in a boxing ring — caught their eyes over breakfast. “Who’s the big fat guy?” That, I told them, was supposed to be Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO. “The one in glasses?” […]

No obligation to be famous

My exposure to the strange music and story of Jandek, the reclusive Texan singer-songwriter, has been limited to occasional enthusiastic mentions by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. But NPR did a story about Jandek last night that concluded with this observation by critic Douglas Wolk. It bears repetition: “There’s not an obligation to be […]