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For those of unfamiliar with Thor Garcia, there are really just two things you need to know: he’s an acclaimed, published novelist and a rock’n roll band lead singer.
A native of Long Beach, he got the journalism bug at UC Santa Barbara, editing the school newspaper there, and went on to work as a journalist in LA, Sacramento, San Francisco and New York City, specializing in crime, politics and education. These days, he lives in Prague, and per a recent interview with the Prague Post, couldn’t be happier:
Garcia moved to Prague after some friends from UCSB established an English-language newspaper in Prague called Prognosis.
“I loved Prague. It was everything I could dream about,\" he said, adding that it was a totally different taste of life and gave him a whole new perspective. “Prague gave me mental space as a writer. In America the system is more closed; there are billboards and advertisement everywhere. Prague offers more freedom to think, read and explore,” he said. Garcia found himself caught between two cultures.
“By living in Prague I feel I’m just on my life longest vacation. I never had a day I was not fascinated about the city and not felt inspired as a writer,” he said.
Garcia said he had a difficult, tortured childhood, and he was raised in the rougher parts of town. His typical lower middle-class family in southern California did not have much. Based on what he experienced, he should have sought a psychologist.
Garcia’s next novel, Pussyland, comes out in October. His previous books include the The News Clown: A Novel:
The book tells the story of Thor, a young man whose dreams of a literary career have been sidetracked into an undemanding job as a \"news clown\" for a small wire service in the crime-infested back alleys of Bay City.
As Thor struggles with his inner demons, the national news clowns are cheering on President Wolfgang G. Mnung as he threatens a Middle Eastern dictator who may have stockpiled as many as 4,000 PlayStation video game units from which, according to sources, he might fashion a crude supercomputer to control weapons of untold devastation.
GQ has named Lucy Armstrong fashion editor. Armstrong most recently worked as a freelance men’s stylist.
Prior to going freelance, Armstrong worked as a senior stylist for Mr. Porter. She previously worked for Gilt.
At GQ, Armstrong “will be responsible for covering the American designer collections, active sportswear, and sneakers markets, as well as styling photo shoots for the magazine,” according to an announcement.
At the beginning of this month, Mort Sahl turned 88. And at the end of this month (last night, to be exact), the famed stand-up gave another intimate weekly Thursday night performance at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California, where he lives.
These occasions were marked in the media, respectively, by Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan and National Post reporter Tristan Hopper, who traveled from Toronto to northern California to check out a fellow Canadian. Let’s start with Kogan’s rat-a-tat lede:
The greatest living comic in the world is Mort Sahl.
O.K., argue if you like.
Don Rickles is 88 and still doing his distinctive thing.
Bob Newhart is 85 and occasionally performs.
Bill Cosby is 77… Bill Cosby… Anybody?
Hopper, for his part, checked out Sahl at the Throckmorton prior to the comedian’s aforementioned 88th:
A mild stroke has slowed the comedian down and left him with a right eye that occasionally closes on its own. Yet, for the first few minutes, the veteran political humorist insists on standing.
His body may be weakened, but as the audience soon learns, Sahl’s mind remains as sharp as it was in the 1950s.
\"Netanyahu was here, and he spoke to the Congress, and at the end of it he said ‘I’d like to thank Sheldon Adelson for the use of the hall,’\" he said.
The quip about the Israeli prime minister and one of the Republicans’ most prolific donors is the first big laugh of the night.
Bravo Mr. Sahl! Maybe Jerry should jump in one of those fancy cars and head up the California coast for a Mill Valley coffee shop rendezvous with you-know-who.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Mort Sahl on Possibly Leading Woody Allen Back to Stand-Up
[Pictured: The celebrated August 15, 1960 Time magazine cover by Robert Vickrey.]
Vanity Fair is more than 100 years old, but editor Graydon Carter doesn’t want any staffers acting that age. The New York Post reports that Carter recently added a giant mission statement to VF’s office wall: “Think Like a Startup.”
A source told the Post that the sign is meant to motivate staffers and to “get them to think nimbly and aggressively.”
When asked about the mantra, Carter explained “I think you should always think like a startup. Minus the hoodies and flip-flops. This is, after all, Condé Nast.”
Apologies to VF staffers who were hoping for a wardrobe change.
For Andrew Morgan, it started with this photo. When the LA-based filmmaker saw the shot and read the accompanying article in the April 24, 2013 print edition of The New York Times, about the collapse of the Rana clothing factory in Bangladesh, he was set on a path towards feature documentary The True Cost.
The movie, buoyed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, premiered last night at Lincoln Center. Morgan will be in Beverly Hills tonight for west coast screenings at the Laemmle theater.
Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman suggests that Morgan would have been better served if he had used a more granular and focused approach to the subject of overseas fashion manufacturing abuses:
Though lots of eye-popping statements are used, including that fashion is the second-most-polluting industry on the planet, after oil, they are unattributed. Because they are so powerful, this seems a surprising omission.
I emailed Mr. Morgan to ask about the pollution comment, and he wrote back that it came from both the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Danish Fashion Institute, and that the statement referred to the whole process used by the fashion industry. \"The chemical industry\" – which I mentioned in my query – \"is now most often seen as being a part of other key industries, fashion being key among them,\" Mr. Morgan wrote.
The film was also shown this month and Cannes, and counts Green Carpet Challenge founder Liva Firth as one of its executive producers.
Wyatt Mitchell, The New Yorker’s creative director, is leaving to join Apple. Mitchell had been with the magazine since 2011.
Prior to joining The New Yorker, Mitchell served as Wired’s design director for three years. Prior to that he held creative roles at O, The Oprah Magazine, Vibe, Esquire and Details.
According to Capital New York, there is no word yet on who will succeed Mitchell at The New Yorker.
The days of reading Time Inc. online content for free are coming to an end. One week after we learned Entertainment Weekly had launched a paywall, the publisher officially announced its paid content strategy.
In essence, eventually you’ll have to pay if you want unlimited online access to a Time Inc. brand. What you pay for, well, that’s up to you. Readers can purchase a monthly unlimited web access pass, an “all-acess” pass that includes a print subscription, or a fee-based app.
The changes will go into effect by the end of this summer, so be prepared to make a decision sooner, not later.
(Image: Time Inc)
Sasha Frere-Jones and Genius.com—the lyrics annotation site—never seemed like a good fit, and so it’s little surprise that the music critic has reduced his role from full-time staffer to contractual worker.
According to Gawker, Frere-Jones decided to make the move because he wanted more time to work on other projects. You know, like actual writing; not simply adding notes to song lyrics.
Freer-Jones left The New Yorker for Genius in January. His next stop—weirdly enough—could be Gawker. In the same report about his status at Genius, Gawker noted that Frere-Jones had interviewed for a spot there.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Guardian US and the Observer. Details are below.Nicole Flatow is joining Guardian US as enterprise editor. Flatow comes to Guardian US from ThinkProgress, where for the past three years she served as senior editor of its investigative team. She starts next month. Observer Media has named Dena Silver senior editor on the Observer/Style team. Silver most recently worked for The Daily Front Row, where she served as associate editor.
This week, Chipotle Mexican Grill is hiring a marketing project manager, while Digiday needs a marketing director. ASPCA is seeking an internal communications director, and Pace University is on the hunt for a marketing writer/editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.Marketing Project Manager Chipotle Mexican Grill (New York, NY) Marketing Director Digiday (New York, NY) Internal Communications Director ASPCA (New York, NY) Marketing Writer/Editor Pace University (New York, NY) Staff Writer The Stir (New York, NY)
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Bill Moyers has posted a transcript of the remarks he gave Tuesday during the Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The ceremony took place Tuesday night at the New York Public Library.
Moyers explained to attendees that he came close to declining the offer to speak, thinking no one needed to hear digital journalism thoughts from a reporter who belongs to the \"Jurassic era.\" Luckily for them, and us, Moyers went ahead with his usual perspicacity. Here’s an excerpt:
“But remember: I had an independent stream of income – from a handful of foundations that believe democracy needs journalism, and from my sole corporate sponsor of almost 30 years, Mutual of America Life Insurance Company.”
“Before Mutual, I had lost three corporate funders because of broadcasts that offended their CEOs, directors, customers or their cronies in high office. Now, I can tell you that losing your underwriter can send an independent producer to the showers, end your career and — more deadly — unconsciously distort your intuition about what is permissible the next time you think about producing another documentary. Self-censorship is all the more insidious when you don’t recognize that you have been infected. But Mutual of America had my back.”
“Not once in almost three decades of reporting from the intersection where corporate influence touches political power did I have a single complaint from anyone at the company, even when I knew they were getting an earful from others. Consider yourself blessed if you are backed by capitalists with courage.”
It would have been interesting to hear Moyers’ thoughts on the devolution of one recent on-paper similar scenario, pairing Matt Taibbi with Pierre Omidyar. Read the full text here.
Per the image above, the winner of the 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award was New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas for his reconstruction of some horrific 9/11-era events in Dallas.[Jacket cover courtesy: W.W. Norton & Company]
There are a mind-numbing number of contests out there for just about every facet of the creative process imaginable, with more popping up all the time. One way to sift the wheat from the chaff is to factor in how long a competition has been running. In the case of the Creativity Annual Awards it's now in its 45th year, making it one of the more venerable ones.
Last week Adobe abruptly announced that it was withdrawing the iOS and Android versions of Photoshop Touch from their respective stores, with May 27 being the last day of availability. The blog post providing this announcement justified the decision by admitting that Adobe had failed to deliver a compelling mobile version of Photoshop and instead had decided to unleash a flood of apps (mostly iOS-only) dedicated to particular tasks:
TVNewser: Tracy Morgan is going to talk with Matt Lauer about that horrific traffic accident.
TVSpy: This is pretty great — after a 97-year-old woman is granted her wish of visiting the White House. Oh, and she got to meet President Obama.
SocialTimes: The ideal sizes of pictures for every social network. You photos of clouds will stand out like never before!
Everything today is complicated. As ARTNews magazine editor-in-chief Sarah Douglas reminds via the first few paragraphs of her
Editor’s Letter in the June issue:
In late April, at the Public Art Fund gala in New York, I was talking with an art dealer in her mid-30s, and mentioned that ARTnews was working on an issue devoted to women artists as well as to women working in the art world. Her smile evaporated and she heaved a sigh. “Would you do a men issue?\" she asked me.
It wasn’t the first time I had doubts about putting this issue together. In March, when guest contributing editor Maura Reilly and I were already hard at work on it, along with ARTnews co-executive editor Barbara MacAdam, I attended an Intelligence Squared debate in Hong Kong where the motion was “The Art World is a Boys’ Club.” The motion was defeated: by a narrow margin, the audience decided that the art world today is not a boys’ club. Case closed! And yet, walking out of the auditorium, I couldn’t help recalling the conversation I’d had with an art dealer in a taxi the previous day. He did a lot of business in the Chinese art world, and he said that when some collectors there get wind that a woman artist is starting a family, they stop buying the work in anticipation of a drop in that artist’s market.
In the special-focus issue, there are all sorts of POV’s to appreciate. Most notably the article Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures and Fixes,” to which Douglas and co. have appended responses-to from more than a dozen different artists.
Adding heft to the debate and wide-ranging June issue content is the fact that ARTNews magazine has been around since 1902. Ergo, this is anything but a Jenny-come-lately website.