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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday October 18, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:07 AM
Allure
(continued from
July 3, 2006)

This morning’s New York Times
has an obituary for the father
of the paper’s executive editor,
Bill Keller:

NY Times obituaries Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008

For more on George Keller and on
the more colorful Levi Stubbs,
who also died on Friday,
see the Times‘s AP obituaries.

Keller’s son Bill has emphasized
what he calls the “allure” of the
Times‘s lifestyles coverage.

An example of such coverage–
a 2006 story on visual art in Mexico
that included a reference to…

Damien Hirst’s gory new series
 ‘The Death of God–
Towards a Better Understanding
of Life Without God
Aboard the Ship of Fools.’

For descriptions of such life,
I prefer the literary art of
Robert Stone– in particular,
Stone’s novel
A Flag for Sunrise.

Credit must be given to
the Times for an excellent
1981 review of that novel.

(This was well before
the younger Keller
joined the Times in 1984.)

My own views on life are
less like those of either Keller
than like those of Stone and
perhaps of Levi Stubbs, the
other father figure who
died on Friday.

Related material:

“Yes, you’ll be goin’ loco
down in Acapulco,
the magic down there
 is so strong.”
— Levi Stubbs   

The Four Tops: Goin' Loco Down in Acapulco

Monday, July 3, 2006

Monday July 3, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:07 PM

Culture War

The New York Times, August 6, 2003,
on its executive editor Bill Keller:

“‘It is past time for our magnificent coverage of culture and lifestyles, so essential to our present allure and to our future growth, to get the kind of attention we routinely bestow on hard news,’ Mr. Keller wrote in an e-mail message to the staff.”

The New York Times, June 25, 2006,
on art in Mexico:

“At the Hilario Galguera gallery, newly opened in a fortresslike, century-old building, was Damien Hirst’s gory new series ‘The Death of God– Towards a Better Understanding of Life Without God Aboard the Ship of Fools.’  He conceived the work at his part-time home in the Mexican surf town Troncones.”

Raymond Chandler in The Big Sleep:

   “I went over to a floor lamp and pulled the switch, went back to put off the ceiling light, and went across the room again to the chessboard on a card table under the lamp. There was a problem laid out on the board, a six-mover.  I couldn’t solve it, like a lot of my problems.  I reached down and moved a knight, then pulled my hat and coat off and threw them somewhere.  All this time the soft giggling went on from the bed, that sound that made me think of rats behind a wainscoting in an old house.

…………

    I looked down at the chessboard.  The move with the knight was wrong.  I put it back where I had moved it from.  Knights had no meaning in this game.  It wasn’t a game for knights.”

Thursday, August 7, 2003

Thursday August 7, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:39 PM

Allure
at the New York Times

and Bad News and Good News
for Tish b’Av

Today is, until sundown, Tish b’Av, a Jewish holy day.

Bad News:

“Tish b’Av is traditionally held by Jews around the world as a day of mourning for the loss of the First and Second Temples, as well as for the other tragedies which occurred on this day, such as the expulsion of the Spanish Jewry in 1492. As one of the two major fast days of the year, and in the middle of the hot summer, the day has taken on a character unique in the Jewish calender: dark, painful, and intensely sad.”

Meditation on Tish B’Av 

Good News:

It is passed down that the Messiah will be born on Tish b’Av…. The day, then, has an intrinsic meaning of transformation and hope, and can be seen as an opportunity to give birth to the messiah in each of us.”

Meditation on Tish B’Av

Today’s birthday:  Billie Burke, Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz.


Glinda
(at left)
 and Adam
Moss

Some Jews may, in view of her birth on this date,  regard Burke as the Messiah… Among this sect is perhaps Adam Moss, who has just been appointed features editor of the New York Times.

The picture of Moss above is from
Party Photos: Gay Journalism Panel.

“Mr. Moss’s appointment was announced [August 5] by Bill Keller, executive editor.

In his new position, Mr. Moss, 46, will oversee coverage of the arts and style, as well as weekly sections including the magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Travel, Real Estate, Circuits and Escapes.

‘It is past time for our magnificent coverage of culture and lifestyles, so essential to our present


 allure 

and to our future growth, to get the kind of attention we routinely bestow on hard news,’ Mr. Keller wrote in an e-mail message to the staff.”

New York Times, August 6, 2003

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