CBGBs, the legendary New York underground club that launched the Ramones among others, gets to stay put for the time being. An excerpt from the AP story on globeandmail.com: CBGB's lease expired in August, with the landlord announcing it wanted the club out after a five-year fight. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office helped reach an [...]
A paean to Mallomars, also known as Whippets. An excerpt from the NYT story: Proust had his madeleines. Douglas Boxer had his Mallomars. “My mother used to buy them on special occasions, and I used to sneak down to the kitchen and steal them,” said Mr. Boxer, who grew up to be an owner of [...]
The Toronto Star's Antonia Zerbisias bemoans the fate of a critic in a very converged Canadian media universe. An excerpt from her Dec. 6 treeware column: Ever since Friday morning, when the news of Bell Globemedia's restructuring hit the wires and then the markets, many people have asked me what this means for journalism. The [...]
While the Pulitzer Prizes aren't creating an online category just yet, they are broadening how they deal with the online component of a newspaper's entry. An excerpt from the AP story on thestar.com: “I think the Pulitzer competition now reflects a blend of print and online, which is what most newspapers are seeking to achieve [...]
Columnist Rosie DiManno writes in today's Toronto Star that the paper won't send its reporters there. An excerpt: This newspaper will not allow its reporters to venture into Iraq. Not justifiable at this time, I'm told. Few do send reporters into the madness any more, save for a handful of news organizations that can afford elaborate [...]
“Hi, is this … Bill Dopkotch?” (female) Me (tonelessly, physically stiffening as I suspect I'm now about to have precious seconds of my life pissed away by a telemarketer): Yes “How are you!!” (very bubbly in tone) Me (continuing with the toneless voice): Fine “You have a great voice!!” (almost flirty) Me (losing patience): Who are [...]
From the wires: Director Rob Reiner says he won't run for governor of California in 2006. That puts to rest rumours of a potential “Meathead versus Terminator” showdown with Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.