Tag Archives: New York Times

Remembering Tommy Ashton, Murdered 20 Years Ago on 9/11

My cousin Tommy Ashton was 21 years old on September 11, 2001, working his second day as an apprentice electrician at the World Trade Center. Tommy was on the 95th floor of the north tower when American Airlines Flight 11 … Continue reading

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The Nude York Times (Instagram Secret Scroll 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 from … 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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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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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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U.S. Trusts Donald Trump Over Religious Leaders, News Media

(With apologies to Herman Melville) Whenever the hardworking staff finds itself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in our soul; whenever we find ourselves involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear … Continue reading

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The Arts Seen in NYC (New! Improved? MoMA Edition)

Well the Missus and I trundled down to the Big Town to go a-museuming for a few days and say, it was swell. Just our luck, we arrived on an official Gridlock Alert Day, which meant it took us fully … Continue reading

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