A Social Experiment
We’re drinking outside what used to be the Red Roof Inn in Chinatown when a homeless man named Leche (spelled like milk, but pronounced “leech”) introduces himself and asks us for money. He is smooth: Kangol driver’s cap, nice sunglasses, clean shaven with a nice goatee, Barack Obama tee-shirt, cleanish jeans. His pitch is pared to the essentials: I am homeless, and I would...
I probably entered [the seminary] partially because I was attracted to the idea...– Tales from a Catholic Seminary.
I can’t recall any recent story so heavily reliant on anonymous sourcing....– From “Debt story reliant on secret sourcing”
How could a woman die a block from the beach, surrounded by her neighbors, and...– St. Pete Times reporter Michael Kruse, in his goosebumpy, razor-sharp story on the remains of Kathryn Norris. (via washingtonpoststyle)
She called for the first time in December 2009 and left a voice mail wishing Barbara a Merry Christmas. When it happened again the following Christmas, we wondered how well she knew Barbara. Did they talk between Christmases? Did they email? Were they related? Estranged? I suggested we call her back and tell her she had the wrong number. We never did. She called again this past Saturday and left...
From the Spam Box
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Some Europeans sense double standards among the ratings agencies. A participant...– Not to be a stickler, but I’m pretty sure the original published version of this paragraph named the commenter and also suggested that the remark appeared in a “comments section.” Yet there’s no correction on the NYT piece! Oh well. Glad to see them tapping into the digital...
Where manly men magazine writers go to hash out... →
Now that this article has appeared there will have to be even more thought given...– Ftrain on Woods+
Its circulation is growing, a rarity among magazines. Mr. Ruddy credits that...– NPR should stop relying so heavily on tote bags, and try the Newsmax approach.
The last line of a recent New Yorker abstract
“Writer accompanies Lanier to the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford to try a virtual-reality simulator headset.”
From the spam box
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Gay Talese wrote “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” for Esquire in 1966, but he wrote...– At least the post was not titled “Gay Talese Has a Pocket Square.”
It was impossible not to notice Ms. Scott at a rock concert. She was the...– Jane Scott, rock critic for Cleveland Plain Dealer, dies at 92