Monthly Archives: January 2015


Grigor Dimitrov in his match against Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Part of a Wall Street Journal slideshow of photos from the tournament enhanced with a digital filter. Pic: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

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“In the heat of the moment, you can say stuff that you regret,” observed Andy Murray after his fiancée was caught letting rip at court-side in the Australian Open.  Lip-readers logged every word, apparently.  There’s something undeniably funny about seeing … Continue reading

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Up West

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Karl dearest

If you ever think your life lacks purpose, bear in mind that, somewhere out there, someone has the job of being Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite male model. Irina Aleksander’s glimpse of the caviar set, relayed in quiet but lethal prose,  has the … Continue reading

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Detroit, ’42

From a photographic essay about life in the city in the 1940s. (The shots of race riots are less uplifting.) [HT: Jennifer Selway]

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A social media health warning

Multi-tasking is the enemy. I should pin this article above my desk, but of course, I’m too busy to print it up. And who prints articles when you can just tweet them and pick up some much-needed retweets along the … Continue reading

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Dog cartoon of the week

And quite possibly the year… From The New York Times.  

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The making of Mad Men

“TV writing is for people who hate being alone more than they hate writing.” Matthew Weiner discusses his craft in one of those epic Q&As in The Paris Review: INTERVIEWER: Do you read any of the commentary on Mad Men? WEINER: I stay … Continue reading

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Taraf de Haïdouks, 25 years old and still a force of nature. A song from the gypsy band’s new album, “Of Lovers, Gamblers & Parachute Skirts”.

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On not being Charlie

A dissent by  Jeremy Warner in the LRB: A lot of things the magazine has run are very funny but not much of it is harmless fun. French culture understands the power of the sign. Paris built much of its … Continue reading

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