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Quantifying Sir Ben Kingsley’s Derision

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 18:20

After putting up with – and unsuccessfully trying to chip away at – Sir Ben Kingsley’s tendency to sometimes trot out the same tired anecdotes during media interviews, The Guardian’s Zoe Williams decided to throw caution to the wind.

Having read a report in the Daily Mail about the actor’s attachment to a film project about a UK group connected to ISIS bad guy Jihadi John, she forged ahead in that direction. Sir Ben did not appreciate:

“Sorry, what are you talking about?” he says. Imagine he was king, and had arrived at an orphanage in a Rolls-Royce to adopt all the orphans and take them back to his palace, and I was a parking attendant who had stuck a ticket on his car: that gets you about halfway to the derision and disgust in his voice.

I explain the story again: \"What did you say I’ve signed? I’ve not signed anything to do with this.\" OK, fine, great! “Ah, sorry,” he continues, his revulsion turns to weariness at the petty-mindedness of the human condition. “Can we just stop it right there. I don’t know what you’re talking about. This is where there has been an unfortunate invasion on your attempts to be a decent journalist. Because you will get your interlocutor to shutting down immediately.” “Seriously, it’s fine,” I say, thinking, if you’re not in a film called The Secret Evidence, why don’t you just say so? Why is it so indecent of me to ask? “Nothing I say can go viral,” he intones, as if you can control the Internet by force of will.

Let the “Nothing I say can go viral!” memes begin.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Ben Kingsley Expands Upon His Mother’s Profound Disapproval
 
[H/T: @ChrisLInoa] [Photo: 360b/Shutterstock.com]

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David Corn’s Golden Journalism Credo

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 17:45

TheNation150thAnniversaryCoverFor The Nation‘s 150th Anniversary Issue, David Corn has taken a pungent stroll down memory lane, back to 1987 and the congressional investigation into the Iran-Contra scandal.

The picture painted by Corn, who had swooped into D.C. at the beginning of that year, is half-recognizable. There was no Internet, but then as now, many reporters were lazy.

Corn’s Washington correspondent predecessor, I.F. Stone, had counseled him to: \"Stay to the end of any congressional hearing you attend and read everything.\" He did just that, accepting handouts after many colleagues had left the chamber and reading them late into the evening:

Those papers were often treasure maps for stories untold by the hearings – journalistic gold. One document referred to [Oliver] North possibly signing up mercenaries fresh out of jail. (A committee staffer told me that a British mercenary recruited by North may have accidentally blown up a Nicaraguan hospital.) Another indicated that North and Admiral John Poindexter, who had been Reagan’s national security adviser, had plotted to sink a ship carrying weapons to Nicaragua.

I learned that the Justice Department had determined that CIA assets in Central America had committed \"fraud\" by using U.S. funds earmarked for humanitarian assistance to purchase weapons. High-ranking Justice Department officials monitored – and probably leaned on – a Miami-based federal investigation into Contra gunrunning. And the Customs Service had killed a federal probe of a White House–sanctioned but secret (and likely illegal) sale of high-tech speedboats to the Contras. In other words, there were sub-scandals and side scandals galore. But consumers of the major news outlets were not told any of this.

There’s also from Corn, currently Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, some insightful further examples of how he tried to avoid following the D.C. reporter pack, as well as a recollection of how an alt-weekly reporter’s legit question one day was greeted by a sneer from the New York Times end.
 
[Cover image via: thenation.com]

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Real Simple Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 17:15

Real Simple hit newsstands in April 2000 (pictured, on the right) with a cover featuring roses. Fifteen years later, the cover once again features the poplar flower. Other than that, almost everything about Real Simple has changed.

Real Simple was first imagined as every woman’s go-to guide for streamlining life. Readers still flock to the title for that, but in a different way.

“At the beginning, I think this magazine attracted women who felt overwhelmed by the physical stuff in their lives,” Real Simple’s editor Kristin van Ogtrop told FishbowlNY. “So closet organizing and clutter control were huge for our early audience. Over time our consumer hasn’t become any less overwhelmed, but now she comes to us to help her manage that in many ways: easy meals, time-saving strategies, reliable work outfits, foolproof beauty routines, etc.”

As Real Simple’s readers sought more from the magazine, it did its best to match the demand. When the title launched, its rate base was 400,000. Van Ogtrop said that circulation is about to cross the 2 million mark. The Real Simple brand can now be seen on products sold in Bed, Bath & Beyond. The magazine’s site currently attracts 15.6 million monthly unique visitors.

The future of Real Simple, according to van Ogtrop, will be much like its past. In keeping with the magazine’s theme, we’ll simplify what she means by that: More.

“More licensed products, more digital products, more investment in new business,” explained van Ogrtop. “And a continued fantastic print product with an extremely loyal audience.”

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Sir Trevor MccDonald Meets the Mafia

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:49

Debuting tonight on UK TV channel ITV, The Mafia with Trevor MacDonald sounds like a firecracker of a two-part series.

The award-winning veteran reporter has been doing a bunch of press ahead of tonight’s debut, and in each case, he has no shortage of colorful production details to talk about. Here for example is a snippet from McDonald’s conversation with Hello! magazine:

\"I got a little worried when we were driving through Little Italy in New York with a gangster called Mikey Scars and he saw some guys who have a warrant on his life,” McDonald said.

The 75-year-old, who has spent over 50 years working in journalism and news presenting, added: “I just didn’t ever for one moment think that any kind of remnants of his past associations would be still around, which shows how little imagination I have! But it was a slightly disconcerting moment and I was scared because he seemed concerned.

Testimony provided in court by Scars, a.k.a. Michael DiLeonardo, led to the conviction of more than 80 members of the Gambino family. Whenn Trinidad native McDonald retired from full-time TV journalism in 2008, he had accumulated more awards than any other British news broadcaster.

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Time Inc. Meetings Focus on Positives

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 16:00

Time Inc.’s fourth quarter didn’t go as planned, but a recent series of town hall meetings at the publisher managed to remain positive.

According to WWD, Time Inc. CFO Jeff Bairstow said the company was “on track” financially.  Staffers reported that judging by CEO Joe Ripp’s comments, it seemed like layoffs (at least for now) were on the back burner.

Time’s editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs and publisher Meredith Long co-hosted a presentation that celebrated the magazine’s photojournalism. The duo also boasted that Time was beloved by young people.

Despite the overall good vibes, a chart that presented Time as a more “trusted” news source than The New York Times was viewed skeptically by at least one staffer. “I don’t know where they got that chart,” the source told WWD. “I don’t know who made it.” If you can’t trust a chart on trustworthiness, what can you trust?

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International Business Times Adds Three

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:09

IBT Media’s International Business Times has aded three staffers to its editorial team. Details are below.

Eric Markowitz has been named a senior writer, technology. Markowitz previously worked for Vocativ, where he focused on business and tech. He previously held roles at Vanity Fair and Inc. Owen Davis joins IBT as a financial writer. He most recently a researcher at Rolling Stone. Cole Stangler has been named a staff writer, covering labor and the workplace. Strangler was formerly a staff writer at at In These Times.
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New Yorker Uses Emoji to Mock Hillary Clinton

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:45

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The New Yorker’s latest cover — illustrated by Barry Blitt — uses emoji to mock Hillary Clinton’s penchant for using her personal email account for very non-personal emails.

Here’s hoping Apple adds some of these emojis to its next software update. We’d really enjoy using the Bill Clinton one for when we’ve just said something especially clever. Or to signify we’re playing the sax.

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Rolling Stone to Publish Columbia Investigation

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:20

Rolling Stone plans to publish the full external report on its horribly reported UVA rape story. The giant article — written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely and published way back in November — almost immediately unravelled.

In December, Rolling Stone was forced to admit it had done little to verify the rape account central to the story, and called upon Columbia University to investigate its reporting.

Steve Coll, Columbia’s J-School dean, is penning the report. Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s managing editor, told the New York Times that Coll’s report will be published in full “in the next couple of weeks.”

While Dana has been offering statements on the article since it was called into question, there has yet to be any comment from Erdely.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:00

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Viner Named Guardian EIC | WABC Reporter Dies at 49

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:09
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Katharine Viner Named Guardian EIC (FishbowlNY)
Katharine Viner, most recently the deputy editor of The Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian US, has been named the new editor-in-chief of The Guardian. The Guardian Viner will be the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history. She will take up the role in the summer from incumbent Alan Rusbridger, who is to stand down after 20 years. Capital New York In picking Viner, The Scott Trust, which owns Guardian Media Group, adhered to the will of Guardian and Observer staff. On March 5, Viner was announced as the winner of a staff ballot used to take the pulse of employees; Viner, in attracting 53 percent of the 964 votes cast, edged out Emily Bell, Janine Gibson and Wolfgang Blau, the three other would-be editors-in-chief who took part in the nonbinding ballot. Mashable Viner, who grew up in Yorkshire, England, lines up well with the paper’s legacy of activism in the coverage of liberal causes. She led the publication’s expansion into Australia with coverage of immigration and climate change as well as the addition of lighter features like a regular political cartoon. Poynter / MediaWire Rusbridger announced in December he was leaving his post to become chair of The Scott Trust, the sole shareholder of the Guardian Media Group. He will join the Trust next year.

Lisa Colagrossi, Reporter for WABC-TV, Dead at 49 After Suffering Brain Aneurysm on Assignment (New York Daily News)
WABC/Channel 7 reporter Lisa Colagrossi died Friday after suffering a catastrophic brain aneurysm while out on assignment, according to officials at the television station. TVSpy Thursday, Colagrossi was returning from a live report when she noticed something was wrong. A producer flagged down an ambulance that took her to the hospital. The Daily News reported her family was told it was unlikely she would recover. New York Post Colagrossi, whose two sons are 11 and 15, had been with the station since 2001, when she was hired as a freelancer to help cover the 9/11 attacks. Deadline She has served as a substitute anchor on various news programs on the station. Most recently, she has been a reporter for the Eyewitness News programs in the morning and at noon. Before joining WABC-TV, Lisa was a main news anchor for WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla. She began her journalism career at WKYC-TV in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and later worked at stations in West Virginia and Alabama. She won several local Emmys and numerous awards from the Florida Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.

Durst Lawyer: Try Case on Facts, ‘Not on an Effort to Win an Emmy’ (TVNewser)
The Robert Durst TV specials continued into the weekend following Durst’s seeming murder confession in the conclusion of the docu-series The Jinx. Durst’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin gave his first sit-down interview since his client’s arrest to 48 Hours. Variety In the interview, DeGuerin insists that he was eager to get to court and prove that the case against Durst is \"weak circumstantial evidence.\" He also says he thinks \"the case ought to be tried on the facts and not on an effort to win an Emmy,\" alluding to the already-mounting award-season buzz for The Jinx. Mediaite Durst was arrested a day before the show’s finale aired and charged with murder in a case that had been a big focus of the series. The one moment that everyone’s been talking about all week is Durst, in the final moments of the series finale, muttering, \"What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.\"

Barack Obama Asks Iran to Free Jason Rezaian, Other Americans (WSJ / Washington Wire)
President Barack Obama on Friday called on Iran to release a Washington Post reporter and two other Americans held there. Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said Iran must release Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who the White House said has been held \"unjustly\" by Tehran for eight months. The Washington Post / AP Obama said Iran should also immediately release U.S. prisoners Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho and Amir Hekmati of Flint, Michigan. Obama also says Iran should help find Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who went missing eight years ago from the Iranian resort of Kish Island. Poynter / MediaWire Obama’s call echoes several others in recent months. Post executive editor Marty Baron, The National Press Club, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and Rezaian’s mother have all spoke out on his behalf. Rezaian will face trial in Iran’s Revolutionary Court before Judge Abolghassem Salavati, a notoriously harsh official.

Reuters Site Blocked in China (FishbowlNY)
Reuters is the latest news site to be blocked in China. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News have all had their sites previously blocked. Users attempting to access Reuters’ English and Chinese language sites noticed the problem Thursday. China’s Internet regulator, unsurprisingly, had nothing to offer on the issue. HuffPost / Reuters It was not immediately clear why users were hindered from using the Reuters sites. The websites of some major news organizations, including Reuters, have at times become inaccessible in China in whole or part, often after the publication of stories on issues about which the Chinese government is sensitive. “Reuters is committed to practicing fair and accurate journalism worldwide. We recognize the great importance of news about China to all our customers, and we hope that our sites will be restored in China soon,” a Reuters spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Bid With Twitter Post, Video (Fox News)
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he will run for president in 2016 via a Twitter post early Monday. CBS Local / AP Cruz became the first high-profile Republican to officially enter the 2016 contest even though, like others, he has been campaigning in all but name for many months. Ahead of a speech, Cruz turned to social media and tweeted: \"I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!\"

New Apple TV With Siri Reportedly Coming This Summer (BuzzFeed)
Apple is preparing to mount its effort to drag a TV experience that CEO Tim Cook once described as \"stuck in the seventies\" into an Apple-curated present. Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported the subscription Internet TV service Apple’s been trying to get off the ground since 2009 appears to be finally headed to market. And now sources familiar with the company’s plans say that a successor to its dusty and recently discounted Apple TV set top box is headed to market as well. Mashable The new device will reportedly feature an updated design, support voice control via Siri and will act as a hub for “a selection of HomeKit-enabled home automation devices,” according to BuzzFeed.

Rolling Stone to Publish Review of Disputed Rape Article (NYT)
Rolling Stone magazine plans to publish an external review of a widely disputed article about a gang rape at the University of Virginia \"in the next couple of weeks,\" its managing editor, Will Dana, said on Sunday. The 9,000-word article, which was published in November, was based on the account of a female student who described being sexually assaulted by seven men in a dark room during a fraternity house party.

Steven Alperin Leaving Vocativ (Capital New York)
Vocativ chief business officer Steven Alperin is leaving the company. Alperin joined Vocativ in February 2013, early in the digital media company’s existence. In early January, Vocativ’s management structure was reconfigured to create a tier of three individuals — Alperin, COO Danna Rabin and chief content officer Gregory Gittrich — who effectively lead the company. Poynter / MediaWire In an email, Alperin said the parting was amicable and motivated by a desire to go into business for himself.

March Madness Breaks Ratings Record on Opening Day (Variety)
CBS and Turner are off to a great ratings start with their joint coverage of college basketball’s March Madness, as Thursday’s games produced the best-ever overnight rating for a first full day of action. The tournament saw a record five games decided by a single point — at least one apiece in the day’s four television windows — and that may have contributed to the strong numbers. Deadline Thursday night’s 7-9:53 p.m. game pulled in a 1.6/6 rating among adults 18-49 and had a total viewership of 5.514 million on CBS. That’s up 60 percent in the demo and 45 percent in overall audience over the first game in primetime on March 20, 2014. The game peaked in the 9:30 p.m. slot as it got down to the wire for both teams with a 2.8 rating and 8.938 million watching.

Washington Post Appoints Wesley Lowery to New Law Enforcement Beat (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post announced Friday that Wes Lowery is pioneering a new beat focused on the interactions between law enforcement officials and their communities. Poynter / MediaWire The announcement, which was made in conjunction with a series of job moves at the Post, comes months after Lowery was assigned to cover the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown. During his coverage of the story in August, Lowery was arrested along with the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly.

Reuters Hires Jim Oliphant as Political Correspondent (FishbowlDC)
Jim Oliphant has been brought on board by Reuters to serve as a senior political writer, per a staff memo.

More E! Layoffs: SVP Betsy Rott Exits (Deadline)
On the heels of the recent merging of E! and Esquire’s marketing operations, which resulted in E! layoffs, including the departure of SVPs Leigh Anne Gardner and Tim Rosta, the cable network is making cuts in original programming.

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun Journalists Cleared in Bribery Trial (THR)
Four journalists at the U.K.’s most widely read tabloid paper, The Sun, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, have been cleared of paying public officials for stories.

Fox News Wants Appeals Court to Examine Transformational Value of Social Media (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
On Thursday, Fox News requested a federal judge’s permission for an interlocutory appeal in a dispute concerning how it used a 9/11 photograph on Facebook.

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Naked Photography Book About to Get Financially Clothed

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 18:35

An intriguing project from NYC-based photographer Erica Simone is closing in on the $10,000 needed for publication.

Simone, who moved here from Paris 12 years ago, has put herself in the middle of Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen. The experimental project showcases what happens when someone frees themselves from the \"segregation\" of fashion. Or, if you prefer, walks around naked in Manhattan.

From the project’s pubslush.com page:

Tell me about the design of the book
The 14″ x 11″ (approximately) book will be a high-quality hard cover fine art photography book, containing at least 45 original images, taken over a five-year span.

Will the book make me want to take my clothes off?
Yes!

Simone’s freelance work has appeared in New York magazine, the New York Daily News, Le Parisien and other outlets. Put us down for one copy. Or, if you prefer, “Vive la buff-erence!”
 
[H/T: 360nobs.com]

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Beatles Fans Come Together in Westchester

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 17:30

Or, to paraphrase another Fab Four hit single: All you need is a ticket.

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The 2015 New York Metro edition of Beatles Fest! wraps up today at the Hilton Westchester with all sorts of intriguing events. Among the speakers are game show host Bob Eubanks, who brought the group to the Hollywood Bowl and Dodger Stadium in the mid-1960s, and musician Gary Wright, who along with \"Dreamweaver\" collaborated with both George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Other Sunday attractions include:

– Photo exhibits by Starr’s personal photographer Rob Shanahan and the drummer’s one-time girlfriend Nancy Lee Andrews, who has a new book titled Ringo Starr Photographs.

– A talk by Dave Schwensen, author of The Beatles in Cleveland.

– Performances of Beatles songs by students from Montclair, New Jersey’s School of Rock and string quartet Cellophane Flowers featuring NYC violinist Claudia Chopek.

The Beatles Fest! will hit Chicago this summer, August 14-16.

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Billy Van Zandt Really Loved Lucy

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 17:20

During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Sean Penn told a fabulous Taps-era anecdote.

Having worked on the 1981 drama in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania with Tom Cruise, he and another co-star, Billy Van Zandt, welcome Cruise at the airport in LA when the actor followed with a trip out west. Penn decided the first order of business should be a drive to Lucille Ball‘s Beverly Hills home, since Van Zandt was a devoted fan of the comedienne.

\"I mean, generationally, it didn’t make much sense, but this guy [Van Zandt] was a fanatic Lucille Ball guy,\" Penn told Kimmel. \"He was our age. So I thought it would be fun to see his fandom of Ball by going along with stalking Lucille Ball’s house.\"

As it turns out, that was just the beginning. From Van Zandt’s current bio page:

Billy’s biggest career thrill was acting alongside his idol Lucille Ball on her final television series. A year after Lucy’s passing, Billy and [co-writer, co-star] Jane [Millmore] were nominated for an Emmy for writing and producing a television special where they unveiled, for the first time in forty years, the original pilot episode of I Love Lucy.

Millmore and Van Zandt, who divides his time with wife Adrienne Barbeau between New Jersey and California, are currently still touring with their hit 2010 Off-Broadway comedy You’ve Got Hate Mail. Post reviewer Frank Scheck gave it a rave when it first opened, and when reading the basic husband-wife-female-friend plot line, it sounds a lot like a modern-day version of, you know.

And for us, given the way Penn told the anecdote on Kimmel, with this droll punchline – \"He [Van Zandt] had been there [to Ball’s home] many times\" – the funniest come-true aspect of all this is the role Billy played on the Ball TV series 1986 episode. He was: Delivery Guy.

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Andy Warhol’s Utah Stand-In

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:15

Fun piece from Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL-TV.

Reporter Sloan Schrage sat down with a couple of former University of Utah student reporters to revisit the time Andy Warhol was booked for an October 2, 1967 lecture at the school but instead, sent an imposter. In those days, there was no Google, so as suspicions grew after the event, it took longer than it would have today for the detective work:

At the end of October, a New York-based photographer came to Salt Lake to take photographs of the University of Utah Repertory Dance Theater for national publications. \"[Lectures director] Paul Cracroft showed the picture [student reporter Joe] Bauman had taken of the supposed Warhol to this guy,\" said [former student reporter Angelyn] Hutchinson. \"And he said, ‘No, that’s not Warhol. I know Warhol and that’s not Warhol.’ \"

In early December 1967, Cracroft was to go to New York City on an unrelated business trip. He contacted Warhol’s manager, Paul Morrissey, and asked if he could meet him and Warhol while there. \"They said, ‘oh, of course,’ \" remembered Hutchinson, \"and they stood him up.\"

A few weeks later, a University of Utah student returned from a visit to New York with a photo of Warhol that had run in The Village Voice. It was published in the Utah Daily Chronicle student paper alongside Bauman’s snap, and the poll consensus was that the man who came to campus that day was not Warhol.

Actor Allen Midgette, the man who turned out to be the fake Warhol for the Utah lecture and similar events at schools in Montana and Oregon, chose not to participate in the KSL-TV story. Too bad, would have been really fun to hear his side of the story.

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The Strand Magazine Mines Tennessee Williams Treasure

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 11:00

StrandMagazineSpring2015CoverIt should be a very good spring for The Strand Magazine. The literary publication’s spring 2015 issue contains a never-before-published 4,800-word story by Tennessee Williams titled “The Eye That Saw Death.”

It’s the ghoulish tale of a man who, at age 30, suffers through increasingly harrowing visions after receiving an eye transplant. From a report by the AP’s Hillel Italie:

The Strand managing editor Andrew F. Gulli, who has previously published little-known works by Graham Greene and John Steinbeck among others, found “The Eye That Saw Death” at one of the country’s leading literary archives, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Williams scholar George Crandell says the undated work is a “pretty good story” and surprisingly polished for a piece never published before. Crandell is especially impressed because he thinks Williams was likely in high school when he completed it.

“The story has a similar feel to “The Vengeance of Nitocris,” kind of a horror story that was published in Weird Tales in 1928 (when Williams was 16),” says Crandell, the associate dean of Auburn University’s graduate school and a member of the editorial board of the literary journal the Tennessee Williams Annual Review.

Smartly, The Strand is keeping all traces of the Williams treasure offline and pointing non-subscribers to a $12.95 hard copy access point.

For more Williams, check out this week’s fun tour in the Times-Picayune of a local rooming house where the writer stayed briefly when he was 27. That piece is timed to coincide with the latest edition of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival (March 25-29).

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RIP: James Dunaway

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:35

The best way to remember and pay tribute to James Dunaway, the longtime track and field reporter who passed away this past weekend in Austin, Texas at the age of 87, is to revisit the interview he gave in the fall of 2010 when he was inducted into the USA Track and Field (USATF) Hall of Fame.

It all started for Dunaway in Chicago. By day, he was working at ad agency Leo Burnett. On the side, he started building out a syndicated newspaper profiles column about smaller town athletes called \"Hometown Features\" and used that platform to secure press credentials for the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics. But how to get there?:

“My father arranged for me, he worked for Texaco, an oil tanker ride to Sumatra, and from there I got on another tanker that took me to Botany Bay in Sydney.”

The following decade, Dunaway was working in New York City, where some of his jogging mates in Central Park were Sports Illustrated reporters. When it came time for the magazine to hire someone to write an instructional book about participating in track and field events, that group of friends nominated him. Once the book was published, Dunaway was off and journalist running.

Over the years, he covered every Summer Olympics through Beijing in 2008 and wrote for Sports Illustrated, Esquire, the New York Times and others. The Austin American-Statesman has a great 2008 photo of Dunaway here. RIP.
 
[Image via: olympic.org]

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NY Jobs: UrbanDaddy, Humanscale, Oyster.com

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 23:27

This week, UrbanDaddy is hiring a senior editor, while Humanscale needs a communications editor. Oyster.com is seeking an editor, and PAPER magazine is on the hunt for a fashion account manager. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Senior Editor UrbanDaddy (New York, NY) Communications Editor Humanscale (New York, NY) Editor – Temp to Full-Time Oyster.com (New York, NY) Fashion Account Manager PAPER Magazine (New York, NY) Lead Graphic Designer Rivington Design House (New York, NY)

Find more great NY jobs on the Mediabistro job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented media pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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RD Recap: Changes at Business Insider; New Additions at NYT

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 22:09

Revolving DoorBusiness Insider makes a host of changes to its editorial leadership team. Jay Yarow goes from deputy editor to executive editor, replacing Gus Lubin, who is off to “a big new role,” presumably something at the new site BI plans to launch. West Coast bureau chief Matt Rosoff moves up to technology editor, with Lisa Eadicicco taking over as news editor on the tech vertical. Alyson Shontell scores a promotion from senior correspondent to deputy editor, with senior editor Jenna Goudreau earning a deputy editor title as well. Leah Goldman gets a new role as assistant managing editor, with Tony Manfred replacing her as sports editor. The site also recruits IB Times and Huffington Post veteran Marcus Baram as deputy editor. So many deputies…

The New York Times hires 20 op-ed and Sunday Review writers, most of whom will contribute on a monthly basis, mostly online. The biggest names include Jennifer Weiner, Roxane Gay and Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz. One writer who will not be getting a regular spot is Razib Khan, who saw his place revoked after Gawker methodically demonstrated his “association with right-wing racist publications.”… The Los Angeles Times lands S. Mitra Kalita as managing editor for editorial strategy. She had been executive editor-at-large at Quartz… The New York Daily News loses Alexander Hitchen, who had been in charge of the photo department. He moves to Bauer Publishing, where he’ll be news editor. Insiders wonder whether more defections are on the way as owner Mort Zuckerman looks to unload the money-losing publication… Katharine Viner has been named editor-in-chief of The Guardian. She was most recently deputy editor there and editor-in-chief of The Guardian U.S. Viner will succeed EIC Alan Rusbridger when he steps down this summer… Read More

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Media Minutiae

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 22:00

FishbowlDC: Meghan McCain is in love with The Wolf.

GalleyCat: Proof that people are weirder than you think — Archie Comics has launched an Archie Horror imprint.

SocialTimes: The White House has hired a Facebook guy to run its IT department. Please don’t ask him about FarmVille.

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Columnist Recalls Her Experiences with ‘Lesbian Ping-Pong’

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 20:45

Do yourself a favor and be sure to read Hinda Gonchor’s second column for the East Hampton Star. Although with a headline like \"Lesbian Ping-Pong,\" maybe you’ve already beaten us to this content punch.

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Gonchor, now in her late 70s, divides her time between East Hampton and New York City. In the piece, she recalls how at age 60 she became part of a weekly East Hampton ping-pong league. A league that was not fully explained to her at the time of the initial invite:

Sunday two-to-five rolled around and I showed up. I saw about 30 women, some playing, some observing. I observed this: These women were all gay. I wasn’t. I became panicky, but so electrifying was the ping and pong from the tables, I ignored my anxiety. I decided on a reverse \"don’t ask, don’t tell\" approach.

Most of the players had short hair; wore mannish trousers; no makeup. My M.O., purple nail polish and bright red lipstick, was a definite no-no, so the following week I showed up plain. I was desperate to blend in. It took time. I kept to myself, spoke when spoken to, played fair; went overboard favoring my opponent when there was a score dispute. I suffered in silence.

The rest of the column is flat-out hilarious. If you enjoy the column as much as we did, may we suggest a few other nuggets beyond her inaugural East Hampton Star contribution “The Good Mother-in-Law:”

On a Steady Diet of Not Going on a Diet
[New York Times; December 27, 1981]

Metropolitan Diary
[New York Times; February 19, 1986]

Metropolitan Diary
[New York Times; November 18, 1987]

Letter to the editor
[New York Times; September 16, 1986]

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