Monthly Archives: May 2011

True Confessions From The Naked City

The hardworking staff religiously reads the Inside Track’s Naked City tales in the Boston Herald (latest here) and we can unequivocally say that we’ve never once “[guessed] the stars of these naughty little ditties…” Representative samples from this edition: • … Continue reading

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A Tweet New Advertising Gambit (II)

A while back the hardworking staff detailed a new dynamic in mainstream marketing: Social-media-fueled ads. Call it tweetvertising. Exhibit A (for Chobani Greek Yogurt): Exhibit B (for Trident Layers gum): Now comes Exhibit C (from the American Express Social Currency … Continue reading

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Atlantic’s ‘Lazarus File’ Brings L.A. Cold Case Back From the Dead

That’s one terrific article in the Atlantic magazine’s current edition: The Lazarus File In 1986, a young nurse named Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in Los Angeles. Police pinned down no suspects, and the case gradually went cold. It took 23 years—and … Continue reading

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David Mamet, As In Gamut (II)

Earlier the hardworking staff noted the gleeful reception conservative publications are giving born-again playwRIGHT David Mamet, who new book is titled The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture. The Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal have both lavished … Continue reading

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David Mamet, As In Gamut

Over the past several years, playwright David Mamet – widely considered a flaming (tongued) liberal – has gradually drifted rightward in his political views. (See his 2008 Village Voice piece “Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal.’”) And conservative … Continue reading

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Seamus Sweepstakes™

As her latest piece indicates, New York Times columnist Gail Collins is temperamentally incapable of mentioning  Mitt Romney without adding “who once drove to Canada with the family dog strapped to the roof of his car.” So Campaign Outsider has … Continue reading

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Gil Scott-Heron, 1949-2011

In the summer of 1976 (Bicentennial Fever Grips Hub – even Little Stevie’s House of Pizza redecorated in red white and blue), I saw two of Gil Scott-Heron’s three performances at Paul’s Mall during Fourth of July week. He delivered … Continue reading

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BCAE, Boston Globe Don’t Get ‘Fuzzy’

Saturday’s Boston Globe G section featured a cover story on 1) this weekend’s annual meeting of the National Cartoonists Society taking place in Boston, and 2) the exhibit “One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages” currently at the Boston Center … Continue reading

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Ladies & Gentlemen, Your Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins!

That was one barnburner of a Game 7 the Broons won last night, yes? And the key to their victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning? The Bruins didn’t have any power plays to disrupt them. Via the Associated Press: It … Continue reading

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It’s Good To Live In A Two-Daily Town (Oprah Swan Song Edition)

From Friday’s Boston Globe: Oprah’s goodbye tour lifts WCVB From Friday’s Boston Herald: Oprah Winfrey’s swan song fails to lift Ch. 5 Despite the dueling headlines, though, the ledes were oddly similar. Globe lede: Oprah Winfrey’s month of farewell episodes … Continue reading

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