Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

Whither Moral Courage? By Salman Rushdie

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013


Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
Police officers carried off an Occupy D.C. demonstrator in Washington, October 2011.

I’m reprinting this article here because I think it’s worth reading and I don’t think it should be behind the NYT paywall. The fact that it’s become uncool to stand up to power irritates me intensely.

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Pollyanna and Cassandra

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I anxiously await the 2009 NYT Trender tool so we can see how things have changed since 2008, a year in which Cassandra ended on the decline while Pollyanna was on the ascendant. Maybe that’s just due to holiday drinking. @derekg, I certainly hope you plan to update this tool for 2009, because it offers hours of amusement.

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Woodstock nostalgia

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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No, you bite me, Karim Rashid.

Monday, July 6th, 2009


This is Karim Rashid’s new “Bite Me” Chair, a garish blobject in the shape of a bubblegum-pink molar. There was a pretty unanimous chorus of dislike and disapproval of this chair on the CDR (Canadian Design Resource) blog in May, and Rashid – the master of plasticky furniture that looks carelessly cheap when it’s made and then ages badly – totally deserved it.

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Roald Dahl’s writing shed

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

This writing studio somehow comes as no suprise. James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Dahl’s disturbing adult stories were written in this cramped, somewhat decrepit room. From The New York Times Magazine, 2006. Roald Dahl died in 1990; the house and studio are now a museum.

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Fia Backstrom – living in your art studio

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

I love this art object/piece of furniture by artist Fia Backstrom, who has had a number of exhibitions in Vancouver. From the NYT article “Artful Lodgers“:

Fia Backstrom describes her apartment near the Gowanus Canal as a perpetual battle between organization and chaos. ‘‘It is simultaneously studio and bed in one,’’ she says.

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