Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Dead Blogging ‘Irving Berlin’ at the Cutler Majestic

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown to catch Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin at Emerson’s Cutler Majestic Theatre (which really is majestic) and, say, it was . . . Swell! Swell! (Your Ethel Merman impersonation goes here.) Hershey Felder – … Continue reading

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Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (Fracking Yoko Ono Edition)

The latest in our long-running series For years Beatles disruptor Yoko Ono has been a habitué of the New York Times advertising pages, and yesterday she added this to her portfolio. Drive Yoko nuts graf: Mandatory website: StopUnconstitutionalPipeline.org. (To be … Continue reading

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Minions Did NOT Take Over the LA Times Masthead

Okay, so this Minions Meet the Masthead story is all over the place today. Representative sample from KPCC: Minions take over LA Times’ masthead; Critics cry foul Sunday’s L.A. Times featured a trio of Twinkie-like characters meddling with the paper’s sober, … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Walking Sculpture’ at the DeCordova

Well the Missus and I trundled out to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum yesterday to catch the Walking Sculpture 1967-2015 exhibit and say, it was swell. From the deCordova’s website: Inspired by Michelangelo Pistoletto’s 1967 performance Walking Sculpture, in … Continue reading

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Hey, Marty Walsh: Hire THIS Guy to Fix City Hall Plaza

Since roughly 1969, one question has vexed every Boston mayor: What the hell to do with City Hall Plaza? And the answer that has routinely come back: Damned if we know. Regardless, the latest chapter of this ongoing saga is unfolding at … Continue reading

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Why the New York Times Is a Great Newspaper (Phil Jackson Triangle Offense Edition)

The New York Times Sunday sports section is topped by this Nicholas Dawidoff piece about the origins of the triangle offense that Phil Jackson rode to 11 NBA championships but that the current New York Knicks just can’t get.     … Continue reading

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Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (Michael Steinhardt Edition)

The latest in our long-running series Yesterday’s New York Times featured this ad on A5. At issue: That’s problematic for Michael Steinhardt – president of the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Foundation and co-founder of Birthright Israel – who paid for … Continue reading

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In Apple Music Rumpus, Maybe Taylor Swift ISN’T All That and a Bag of Clips

Music maven Taylor Swift is getting all kinds of kudos for taking a bite out of Apple Music’s effort to strong-arm independent labels into getting no royalties for the new streaming service’s trial period. But maybe she didn’t do it alone. … Continue reading

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Bernie & Phyl Ads Get Phunky

Furniture mavens Bernie & Phyl are like baked beans & cod – New England traditions. For decades the couple – and their kids – have produced the most toe-curling commercials on Boston television. Representative sample:     But now – what should we call … Continue reading

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Newsies: Stop Covering Coverage of Donald Trump

Definition of irony: Journalists lamenting news coverage of Donald Trump’s self-promotional presidential campaign. Representative sample, via the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby. News organizations are under no obligation to provide a platform to every narcissistic buffoon who declares himself a candidate for … Continue reading

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