Tag Archives: Wall Street Journal

Boston City Hall Plaza Gets Some National Love

Much-maligned Boston City Hall Plaza has been getting some good press lately, especially in the Boston Globe, for efforts to spruce/lively it up. And now Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s relentless red-brick-revival is garnering national recognition, via the Wall Street Journal’s Jon Kamp. … Continue reading

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A Jason Gay Ol’ Time (Boston 2024 Edition)

From our long-running Jason Gay Ol’ Time series The five-ring monte game that Store 2024 ran in Boston this past year has, mercifully, come to an end. And Boston native Jason Gay gave it a proper burial in his Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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Why Tom Stoppard Is Right to Be a Snob

Several months ago British playwright Tom Stoppard created a tempest in a theaterpot with an interview he gave to the Telegraph. Quiz: Are Tom Stoppard’s plays too clever for you? As the playwright says he has to dumb down his … Continue reading

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WSJ Trundles Out to Brimfield Fair

Friday’s Wall Street Journal A-Hed was a total flea market maker. Giant Flea Market Means Big Haul for Porters Able-bodied entrepreneurs bring in bucks carting collectibles; moving a carousel horse BRIMFIELD, Mass.—Three times a year, traffic on U.S. Route 20, the … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal Finally Catches Up with Sneak Adtack

From our Where You Been? desk This distressing piece ran in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Media & Marketing section (web headline: “Don’t Sleep on Content Marketing”). ‘Content Marketing’ Goes to the Next Level Many companies have hired editorial staffers in … Continue reading

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Mickey D and the Big Town Dailies

From our It Doesn’t Ad Up desk So, go figure. Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that it will hike wages and benefits for employees at the stores it owns. McDonald’s then trumpeted that change with a full-page ad in … Continue reading

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The Tale of the the Girlfriend, the Jewish Boyfriend, and the Dog

Maybe it’s just us, but the hardworking staff is starting to see a pattern emerging here. Start with the ubiquitous Lena Dunham’s current piece in The New Yorker. Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz Do the following statements refer to … Continue reading

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The Redoubtable Joseph Epstein Likes Xavier University!

As the splendid readers of our Two-Daily Town kissin’ cousin know, the hardworking staff is a proud alum of Xavier University, whose basketball team took a Brody  in the NCAA West Regional semifinal. But all is not lost! The Musketeers … 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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