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Month: August 2013 (page 1 of 3)

Photographs of writers in their workspaces. (AKA writers’ catnip)

Deadspin’s Greg Howard explains how great NBC’s coverage of the Premier League is.

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In The New York Times, David Carr writes about the war on journalists being waged by their fellow journalists:

So, too, are the journalists who aid them. It’s not surprising that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who brokered the publishing of Private Manning’s documents, and Glenn Greenwald, the columnist for The Guardian who has led the Snowden revelations, have also come under intense criticism.

What is odd is that many pointing the finger are journalists. When Mr. Greenwald was on “Meet the Press” after the first round of N.S.A. articles, the host, David Gregory, seemingly switched the show to “Meet the Prosecutor.” He asked, “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”

Entertainment Weekly‘s Karen Valby writes about Dave Chappelle’s first show headlining Funny or Die’s Oddball Fest.

Anna Gunn wrote an op-ed for The New York Times about reactions to her Skyler character on AMC’s Breaking Bad:

I enjoy taking on complex, difficult characters and have always striven to capture the truth of those people, whether or not it’s popular. Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad,” wanted Skyler to be a woman with a backbone of steel who would stand up to whatever came her way, who wouldn’t just collapse in the corner or wring her hands in despair. He and the show’s writers made Skyler multilayered and, in her own way, morally compromised. But at the end of the day, she hasn’t been judged by the same set of standards as Walter.

Michael Gerson, in the opinion pages of The Washington Post, writes about his son leaving for college:

But with due respect to my son’s feelings, I have the worse of it. I know something he doesn’t — not quite a secret, but incomprehensible to the young. He is experiencing the adjustments that come with beginnings. His life is starting for real. I have begun the long letting go. Put another way: He has a wonderful future in which my part naturally diminishes. I have no possible future that is better without him close.

Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times interviewed dozens of current and former Saturday Night Live cast members about the experience of auditioning for — and eventually joining — the show.

Scott Raab has an excellent piece in Esquire about the twisted politics behind the rebuilt World Trade Center site:

I’m not suggesting any conspiracy to bring down the World Trade Center beyond that enacted by Al Qaeda. I’m not talking about any black helicopters or Hollywood fantasy. I’m referring to the damage done to America not by terrorists but by our own response to one horrific attack — which, by the way, was but another version of what people around the world have gone and still go through. Gutting the values and principles that we like to think define us as an exceptional nation — you know, that whole Bill of Rights deal — isn’t the response of a country confident in its freedom. It’s the cowardice of a nation too fractured by fear to face the truth about the human condition: We’re always vulnerable — all of us, together and alone.

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