Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Could Scott Brown Run for U.S. Senate in . . . California?

From our Late to the Revival Party desk It’s hard to believe that Downturn Scotty Brown (R-Girl Trouble) might ever run for higher office again, but then there’s this from yesterday’s New York Times First Draft: Boxer’s Retiring, and Ad Agencies … Continue reading

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Starkitect: The Two Facades of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is the Rorschach test of modern architecture. And his latest creation –  Fondation Louis Vuitton – is the ultimate inkblot. From Joel Henning’s mash note in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: A New Art Palace Sets Sail in Paris As you approach Frank … Continue reading

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Pinterest Goes Native for a Little Pin Money

There are currently 70 million Pinterest pinners, and every one of them is about to get spinned to the marketing post. From BostInno‘s Rebecca Strong: Pinterest is Getting More Ads but You Might Have Trouble Spotting Them Advertisers’ posts may … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Living Altar Boy (Mario Cuomo Edition)

St. Ignatius Loyola Church, the Kim Kardashian of the Upper East Side that’s about to swallow the far more worship-worthy Church of St. Thomas More, is back in the news today. (As the hardlapsing staff has previously noted, we were an … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Huntington Theatre

Well the Missus and I trundled down to the Huntington Theatre last night to catch its new production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and, say, it was swell . . . to some degree. The play is what in … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging the South Station History Tour

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown yesterday to catch the free history tour at South Station and, say, it was swell. The Missus had seen this the other day in the Boston Globe. Keeping track of a landmark SOUTH STATION … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (Kiddie Spa Edition)

From our Late to the Mani-Pedi Party desk In her year-end blog post, 17 Hopes and Dreams for The Times in the New Year, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan lists this as #17: “More absurd Styles trend stories. Long … Continue reading

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Kiss Your Ads Goodbye

For the past several years, the hardtracking staff has dedicated itself to chronicling the “ad creep” in news and entertainment media: Stealthy native advertising in online publications from BuzzFeed to the New York Times; shameless product placement in TV shows … Continue reading

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Martha Gellhorn’s Excellent 1947 American Adventure

Martha Gellhorn was much more than just another ex-wife of Ernest Hemingway. She was a superb war correspondent, an accomplished novelist, and a perceptive analyst of post-World War II America. (See Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center for further … Continue reading

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Daniel Berehulak Wins NYT ‘Year in Pictures’ Bakeoff

As you splendid readers might – or more likely might not – have noticed, the hardlooking staff has annually chronicled the leading lights in the New York Times Year in Pictures review. (Previous winners: the redoubtable BU alum Tyler Hicks … Continue reading

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