Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Dead Blogging ‘Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott’ at the MFA

Well the Missus and I trundled down to the Museum of Fine Arts the other day to catch Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott and, say, it was . . . stirring. From the MFA website: Gordon Parks, one of the … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (NYT Anonymouse Edition)

The (ab)use of anonymous quotes by the New York Times is closely followed not only by the Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, but also by former New York Sun managing editor Ira Stoll at his SmarterTimes blog. Neither of them, however, … Continue reading

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Erik Larson on ‘The Maltese Falcon': Best. Novel. Ever?

The Wall Street Journal’s Book Club has a real doozy this week: hardboiled author Eric Larson on the father of hardboiled fiction, Dashiell Hammett. ‘One of the Best Novels, Period’ There was a time when Erik Larson could recite from memory an … Continue reading

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More Brutal Treatment of Paul Rudolph’s Architecture

The hardworking staff has previously noted the beleaguered buildings designed by midcentury modernist architect Paul Rudolph, which include two local landmarks: the old Blue Cross Blue Shield building at 133 Federal Street and the Government Service Center. Now comes the … Continue reading

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Tom Mashberg Is Still Trying to Catch a Thief

From our Late to the Search Party desk Former Boston Herald reporter Tom Mashberg has chased the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art snatch from March of 1990 to, well, three days ago. From Sunday’s New York Times Arts section: Still Missing After … Continue reading

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NYT Op-It Girl Becomes Maureen Dawdle

Six months ago New York Times Op-It Girl Maureen Dowd got a new gig at the Grey Lady. Via Politico’s Dylan Byers: Maureen Dowd joins N.Y. Times Magazine New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is joining the New York Times … Continue reading

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NYT’s Alessandra Stanley Just Doesn’t Get ‘House of Cards’

The Netflix cash cow House of Cards is back, to a much bruited review by New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley. ‘House of Cards’ Season 3: More Policy Than Chicanery “House of Cards” began as a fun-house-mirror reflection of … Continue reading

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Red Sox Great Pedro Martinez Moves to New York

Pedro Martinez will wear a Boston Red Sox cap in his Hall of Fame plaque, but that doesn’t mean he’s abandoning New York, where he played for the Mets after the Yankees folded like origami in 2004. From the Albany … Continue reading

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Burying the Lede (NYT Cherry King Edition)

First in what we expect will be a long series This piece by Vivian Yee ran in Thursday’s New York Times.     Except . . . Here’s the headline that appeared in the New England (and early?) edition: Marijuana … Continue reading

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Stupidest. Fashion. Ad. Ever.

From Sunday’s New York Times Styles section.     For the literati-impaired, that’s 80-year-old Joan Didion, a minor 20th Century American author best known for her collection of essays Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Several questions for the fine folks at Céline: 1) … Continue reading

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