When It Comes to a Free Press, Greed Is Good
December 04, 2013
Perhaps the thing that inhibits people from understanding Alan Rusbridger is that the editor of the Guardian, the English-speaking world’s foremost left-wing newspaper, is constantly forced to think like a capitalist.
The One-Stop Whistleblower Shop
June 20, 2013
How did The Guardian become the leaker's outlet of choice?
His track record is less than admirable.
Is Electro the New Rock and Roll?
December 07, 2012
THE CHINESE ECONOMY is the new rock and roll. Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe congressional re-alignment is the new rock and roll—I don’t know. I do know one thing that is not the new rock and roll, though, and that is the rock and roll being made today. Like other worthy musical forms born of past eras—jazz and salsa, for instance—rock and roll is still played widely and still worth playing; yet rock has been frozen as a form for quite some time. Its only newness is one it confers as a metaphor—a handy, all-purpose symbol for the achieving of status as a phenomenon sensationally, voguishly cool.
Reckless Reporters, Object Obsessions, and the Western Boogeyman: Today's TNR Reader
November 15, 2012
Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Could online education be the death knell for the university? The Guardian | 15 min (3,700 words) In Mexico, drug lords warn journalists they plan to attack with a cautionary phone call. Why do reporters ignore it? NYRB | 16 min (3,893 words) Why did Orhan Pamuk make a museum?
Alterna-Booker—Different Prize, Same Antics
October 16, 2012
Hilary Mantel has won the Man Booker prize for a second time, and, as far as we know, no behind-the-scenes wrangling led to her victory. But it wouldn’t have been surprising if some squabbles had taken place. The Booker has always been unusually contentious. So contentious, in fact, that an alternative prize—the “Not the Booker”—was initiated in 2009 by The Guardian to poke fun at the internecine debates and offer a more open contest. At least that was the plan.
Daily Breakdown: Obama Leads Out West
September 21, 2012
The big picture remains that Obama leads by around four points, with a similar edge across the critical battleground states. The poll most likely to scream “headline” is Gallup, which is so far out of line from the other registered voter surveys that I don’t even know what to say about it. Obama leads by about 7 points among registered voters, and, no, the methodological criticisms you’ve heard don’t explain a gap of that magnitude. As Harry Enten of the Guardian (@ForecasterEnten) tweeted today, we would probably blow this off as a clear outlier if it was named something other than Gallup.
The November Issue
August 24, 2012
Earlier this year, Anna Wintour visited Obama headquarters in Chicago to talk numbers with the campaign’s top fund-raising brass. As she headed into her meeting, Wintour passed a tray stacked with food for volunteers: glazed doughnuts festooned with bacon, classic campaign fare. “I trust you’re not interested in that,” a staffer jokingly offered. She fixed him with her cool, disdaining stare. There will always be certain, crucial differences between politics and high fashion—“wedge” shoes or issues?
Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! In Edward Gorey’s drawings, a macabre imagination meets a whimsical spirit. NYRB | 9 min (2,163 words) Novelists love writing about sex.
The Cynical Rise of Vladmir Putin, The Fight Against Child Pornography, and a Quantitative Approach to the Olympics: Today’s TNR Reader
August 01, 2012
Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Who would be on the Olympic podiums if we looked at GDP, population, or team size? A team of statisticians breaks it down. The Guardian | 4 min (953 words) Putin rose to power after Russian democracy was exposed as a sham. His governing ideology?