Posts tagged new york times
Posts tagged new york times
Dowd and Out
He can’t handle the truth.
A young computer programmer on his way to a pheasant-hunting trip last November offered a cri de coeur about government groping: Just substitute “Leave the copter, take the corpse” for “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” Was this, I wondered, the same guy who sometimes showed up in the ’70s with mismatched shoes? Talk about your misty watercolor memories. What’s too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget.
Once upon a time, Cinderella fell out of favor. Nevertheless, Rand is blazing back as an icon of the Tea Party, which overlooks her atheism, amorality in romance and vigorous support for abortion. Our heroine, starting with a family disadvantage, faces hypocrisies, cruelties and obstacles on a perilous journey to a thrilling new world, and uses her wits and integrity to triumph. A new documentary about Cunningham offers a tonic of simplicity and a paean to women after Sheen’s excesses and contempt for women. Jerry Brown doesn’t know who Charlie Sheen is.
We’re bargaining with the shadow of a shadow. Once funeral homes began live-streaming funerals, it was probably inevitable. The antisocial nerd, surrounded by his army of slaving minions, has been holed up making something so revolutionary and magical that it turns him into a force that could conquer the world.
The doomed caribou gazed calmly across the Alaska tundra at Caribou Barbie. Hunting seems more sporting with birds — at least they have a better chance to get away. Unless the hunter is Dick Cheney, who would shoot pheasants that were pen-raised and released from a net to make slaughtering them easier. Hey, dude, you’re a politician. Act like one.
Sound familiar? That’s because all of the above is pieced together from lines out of NYTimes columnist Maureen Dowd’s columns.
*Photo credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
A New York Times piece last week generated a lot of buzz (heh) with its analysis of the increasingly mainstream availability of vibrators. Despite being firm supporters of sex positivity and access to sex education, condoms, contraception, toys etc. etc., we found this article lacking. Hints of a feminist analysis appear, but never quite come to fruition; instead, readers are bombarded with product placement. Below, blogic reacts:
We’re all for both the press and mainstream public having frank, open conversations about sexuality - but let’s do it genuinely, and leave product placement out of it.
Sorry for our recent absence - we’ve been struck by a case of welstchmerz.
Definition: from the German, meaning world-pain or world-weariness, pronounced [ˈvɛltʃmɛɐ̯ts].
According to wikipedia, weltschmerz used to denote the feeling of sadness when thinking about the evils of the world. In light of the tragedy unfolding across the Pacific Ocean and the coordinated attacks on the people of Libya, we are heavily weighed down with feelings of our own inability to do much more than sit in front of our televisions or computer screens and watch people’s lives unravel. Simultaneously, the landscape of our own country - especially the political - appears increasingly bleak. All of the following might be causing weltschmerz on you too, readers, and we thought we’d air it out:
Are there good things happening in the world that can assuage our weltschmerz? Please comment if so. We could use it!
Mother Jones, known by their tagline “smart, fearless journalism” (and as the brains behind these brilliant income inequality graphics) offers this perplexing weekly installment “Friday Cat Blogging,” in which a political reporter provides regular updates about his cat, Inkblot. This particular entry begins: Today’s catblogging is dedicated to that traditional favorite, cats inside of things.
We love cats as much as the next blog, but we’re missing the connection between cats and hard hitting journalism. MoJo is starting to remind us of a certain other publication with a thing for (lol)cats.
First, the NYT inexplicably used a cat photo in a serious article about physical inactivity. Then, Paul Krugman invited lolcats onto his blog. Now, an article on household pets helping to sell homes. When did the NYT become so pet-centric?
As for the article, we remain confused as to the draw of the (temporary) presence of a pet. Right though? It’s not like the dog comes with the apartment.
The New Obama Budget, Paul Krugman. NYTimes, 2/14/2011.
Or, you know… that post we did a while ago.
We challenge you to suggest a legitimate explanation for that lolcats picture to accompany Krugman’s economic analysis.
Does Krugman blogic? Paul, if you’re there, say “lolcats” in the comments.
log·roll·ing: the exchange of support or favors, esp. by legislators for mutual political gain as by voting for each other’s bills; cronyism or mutual favoritism among writers, editors, or critics, as in the form of reciprocal flattering reviews (“back scratching”); the action of rolling logs to a particular place (duh); the action of rotating a log rapidly in the water by treading upon it, esp. as a competitive sport; birling. The NYT put it well in 1921: “Admirable is the ardor with which our young geniuses go on discovering each other.”
Logrolling in practice:
"But wait," you say. "I love this word so much, I wish there was a related game." Good thing the internet rarely disappoints. (Accepting suggestions on how to turn this into a drinking game in the comments).
The Hazards of the Couch, by Roni Caryn Rabin. NYTimes, 1/12/2011.
Or, you know… lolcats.
(this post was made possible by http://bighugelabs.com/lolcat.php)
The NYT’s annual “Places to Go” series never ceases to offend. From
1. Santiago, Chile
Undaunted by an earthquake, a city embraces modern culture.
to the more explicit
Where a country’s hardships are a visitor’s gain.
the NYT Travel Section seems to be under the assumption that the world is its wealthy travelers’ playground, with all manner of natural or man-made disaster, civil unrest or economic crisis relevant only for their potential to turn an entire nation into a “bargain bin” for visitors.