Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Xavier University Students & Alums Say ‘We’re Number 330!’

The Wall Street Journal’s College Rankings came out on Friday and – no surprise, really – Harvard came up number one. The hardworking staff, however, was more concerned with how our alma mater Xavier University (class of ’71) fared in … Continue reading

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Remembering Tommy Ashton, Murdered on 9/11

Nineteen years ago today, my cousin Tommy Ashton was struck down in his prime by the Al Qaeda terrorists who engineered the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. From the New York Times great Portraits of Grief memorial: Colleen … Continue reading

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The Arts (Not) Seen in NYC (Félix Fénéon at MoMA Edition)

In a world without coronavirus, the Missus and I would be trundling down to the Big Town in the next week or two to go a-museuming. And one of the places we’d certainly have gone is the newly reopened Museum … Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas Does Not Go Gentle Into That Bad Ad

Listen, the hardworking staff enjoys a literary allusion as much as the next person, assuming the next person isn’t James Wood. But this ad in Thursday’s New York Times was just totally misconceived.     Right – so Dylan Thomas’s … Continue reading

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The Nude York Times (‘An American in Paris’ Edition)

From our Grey Lady pearl-clutching desk The hardblushing staff has long chronicled the growing willingness of the New York Times to bare all in the name of art – or commerce – in its advertising. Representative samples include this ulp-skirt ad … Continue reading

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Amazon Delivers News Packages to Compliant Media Outlets

Call it Prime-ing the news pump. In the runup to today’s annual shareholder meeting, Amazon has tried to disinfect its COVID-battered image with a video produced in the form of a news report and distributed to local TV stations around … Continue reading

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GoFundMe Won’t Give Funds to Boston North End Bookstore

No question that fundraising platforms like GoFundMe have done a world of good all over the world. Exhibit Umpteen (via the New York Daily News): Tom Moore, known better as “Captain Tom,” will turn 100 later this month. To celebrate, … Continue reading

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New York Times Has a ‘Manifesto’ for Boston’s MFA

The other day the New York Times ran a big takeout by art critic Holland Cotter on what major U.S. museums should be doing nowadays with their time and money. For Big Museums, It’s Time to Change As the Metropolitan … Continue reading

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NYT’s Marie KONDO-19 Puff Piece Should’ve Been 86ed

Let’s stipulate that the New York Times has done a terrific job of covering the coronavirus crisis in its news and opinion pages. But did we really need this Like a Boss feature about kiss-it-goodbye queen Marie Kondo in yesterday’s Business section? … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Gordon Parks: The New Tide’ @ Addison Gallery

Well the Missus and I trundled up to Andover this past weekend to check out the new exhibits at the Addison Gallery of American Art and say, they were swell. We started off with Man Up! Visualizing Masculinity in 19th-Century America … Continue reading

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