Tag Archives: New Yorker

Someone Please Put Alex Rodriguez Out Of Our Misery

From our Couldn’t He Be Al-EX Rodriguez? desk The hardretching staff – a Made Yankee Fan in Boston since 1974 – has long considered Alex Rodriguez a cancer upon the Pinstripes, and that’s never been truer than now. From New … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (Simply Scott Brown Edition)

From Jeffrey Toobin’s New Yorker profile  (boink! sorry, paywall) of Elizabeth Warren: [Scott] Brown is a reassuring, if not exactly dynamic, presence. He speaks softly, and he doesn’t put on airs. Seriously? Scott Brown, who hobnobs with kings and queens? … Continue reading

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The New Yorker: Red Sox Bums Russian

As if Boston weren’t in enough baseball turmoil, now it turns out that the Red Sox are the Evil Empire. Or so says the New Yorker: THE RED SOX ARE THE U.S.S.R. One of the greatest rivalries in professional sports … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (Paul Ryan Edition)

Now that GOP Great White Hope Mitt Romney has tapped Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Hey, Privatize This), lots of folks are bookmarking Ryan (!) Lizza’s recent New Yorker profile of the Ayn Rand acolyte. But it’s also worth taking a … Continue reading

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Marina Abramovic Blushathon (The Artist Is Present Edition)

The hardblushing staff has followed performance artist Marina Abramovic over the past few years, so we feel constrained to note the flurry of coverage for the new documentary The Artist Is Present. Representative sample, via the New Yorker. Representative image, via … Continue reading

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Thomas Kinkade: Light-Fingered Painter

Self-styled “painter of light” Thomas Kinkade died last week, as the Sunday New York Times obits duly noted: Thomas Kinkade, Artist to Mass Market, Dies at 54 Thomas Kinkade, the prolific painter of bucolic and idealized scenes who estimated that his … Continue reading

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Forget Building 19. MIT’s Building 20 Was The Real Deal.

From our Late to the Party desk: Sharp piece (sorry, subscription required) in the January 30 edition of the New Yorker about the myth that non-judgmental brainstorming is the “ideal [creative] technique, a feel-good way to boost productivity.” There’s a problem … Continue reading

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Remembering The Great Cincinnati Summer Pop Festival Of 1970

After the hardworking staff posted this memo from a New Yorker editor adrift in Red Sox Nation, splendid reader Steve Stein commented about his own displaced experience years ago in Cincinnati: I did 7 years in Cincinnati (well, Dayton, ’76-’82) and … Continue reading

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A New Yorker (Editor) In Red Sox Nation

This email poured into the Global Worldwide Headquarters of Campaign Outsider today: Dear Laughter Lovers, Well, as promised, I’m up in Boston at the International Society for Humor Studies Conference. The conference proper hasn’t started yet, so I don’t have anything specific … Continue reading

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Weekly Standard Spanks Obama’s (Leader From) Behind

The Weekly Standard’s latest editorial starts with a quote from Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker piece about Pres. Obama headlined “The Consequentialist:” Nonetheless, Obama may be moving toward something resembling a doctrine. One of his advisers described the president’s actions in … Continue reading

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