Brad Pitt in The New York Times Magazine Special on Hollywood Seems More Nance Than Lorre

According to A.O. Scott’s slideshow about Brad Pitt’s vignette for the Hollywood special issue of The New York Times Magazine, Pitts is reported to be channeling ‘‘Peter Lorre — with a dose of Kramer.’’ I thought this odd, certainly Lorre’s trace is there, but Alex Prager, the video’s director, obviously creates an homage to David Lynch’sContinue reading “Brad Pitt in The New York Times Magazine Special on Hollywood Seems More Nance Than Lorre”

Dishonor in the New York Times, A US Marine Suggests “Ditching” Taiwan

Paul V. Kane’s op-ed piece in the New York Times saddened me today. How could a US Marine offer Taiwan, the last vestige of a democratic China and a long-standing ally with the United States, up on the sacrificial altar of balanced budgets? How could he write not only that the US should enter intoContinue reading “Dishonor in the New York Times, A US Marine Suggests “Ditching” Taiwan”

I Hit the New York Times Paywall for the First Time Today, Easy to Bypass

I occasionally look to the New York Times for my daily fix of news, but today was the first time since they installed a paywall that I ran up against it (see above). Luckily, there are ways to circumvent this. According to mashable.com readers: While testing out the paywall Monday afternoon, Mashable readers Dmitry BeniaminovContinue reading “I Hit the New York Times Paywall for the First Time Today, Easy to Bypass”

You Must Read Bob Herbert’s “Losing Our Way” – NYTimes.com

Bob Herbert’s final column for the New York Times is a scathing rebuke of the decline of America at the hands of the right and the left. Herbert writes: The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into theContinue reading “You Must Read Bob Herbert’s “Losing Our Way” – NYTimes.com”

Stanley Fish Makes Good and Supports Academic Unions in Discussion with Walter Benn Michaels

I’m not ordinarily a fan of Stanley Fish and his editorials on The New York Times, but as he does says in his conversation with Walter Benn Michaels, we all can be wrong. I may have been too critical of Fish as he recognizes that he was wrong about the importance of unions to theContinue reading “Stanley Fish Makes Good and Supports Academic Unions in Discussion with Walter Benn Michaels”

New York Times Launches Paywall At End of March 2011

The New York Times announced today that they will enable a paywall on March 28, 2011. In the scheme, casual readers who access few than 20 articles per month will be able to do so without charge (is this enforced by cookies or login, how well can this be enforced?). Beyond the 20 article threshold,Continue reading “New York Times Launches Paywall At End of March 2011”

Dead Space 2 Revives Isaac Clarke – Review – NYTimes.com

The New York Times features a front page, top section video game review of Dead Space 2 (although it originally appeared on page C1 of the New York print edition). Is this heightened video game respect, or is the NY Times targeting this review to me based on my demographic information that I gave themContinue reading “Dead Space 2 Revives Isaac Clarke – Review – NYTimes.com”

Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com

According to a report in The New York Times, test taking is the best method for remembering learned information. I had heard anecdotal evidence for this before, which is why my first tier writing students will have a few writing exams during the semester. This will serve two purposes: 1) My students will have additionalContinue reading “Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com”

Slicing Brains to Map Connectome in the New York Times

Ashlee Vance has an interesting piece on brain mapping through the physical thin slicing of brains in the New York Times here. It was in this article that I first read about the “connectome,” or the individual wiring of our brain: “You are born with your genes, and they don’t change afterward,” said H. SebastianContinue reading “Slicing Brains to Map Connectome in the New York Times”