Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

CBGBs Lives! For now

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 […]

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In celebration of one of the world's great cookies

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 […]

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Media critic blues

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 […]

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Pulitzer Prizes to allow online component to journalism entries

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 […]

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Toronto Star won't send reporters to Iraq

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 […]

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That was one faux-charming telemarketer

“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 […]

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Too bad. It would have been a battle for the ages

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.

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