Heavens me. I’ve willfully neglected this blog’s most popular feature, Newspaper of the Week, for far too long. Since newspapers are failing and stuff I’ve decided to rebrand the feature. It will now be called Media of the Week. Press kit to follow.
Anyway this week’s Media of the Week is the online financial newsletter KYC News (stands for Know Your Customer News; the newsletter used to be called OffshoreAlert). Niche journalism is indeed the way of the kindle-paved future, and this publication, which focuses on crime in the topsy-turvy world of offshore banking, has its topic in a headlock. Kudos.
I think this is not such a bad idea. A good alternative to same-sex marriage.
So I went to Fire Island last weekend for the annual Morning News retreat and wow, what a place. It has everything: sand, cattails, bikes, rollicking deer, sassy Long Islanders, tuff cops. Plus I really, really like islands where you can stand in the middle and see both coasts — total dealmaker. Maybe I won’t move to Florida after all.
Also: if you’re in the NY area (no NJ please) help Veronica break her lock!
I love commies so much. I can’t even explain it.
For all this city’s charming Jewish hoboes and cheap fruit stands, New York’s coffee shop culture doesn’t hold a candle to Austin’s. The coffee is a lot better here, sure, and sometimes they give you a piece of chocolate with your coffee which is a really nice touch. But most places are truly oppressive. Finding free Wi-Fi is one thing — after that it’s a struggle for survival. I stumbled into one franchise today that put metal covers over all their power outlets so one could not conceivably ferment in the shop for more than his or her computer’s battery life. I thought this was America!! The land of the home and the decaying people in coffee shops.
To circumvent the cruel regime of anti-laptop coffee shop purveyors on the Upper West Side, I’ve started reading, partly for pleasure and partly as an act of subversion. I was really into Dave Cullen’s comprehensive account of Columbine before I left it at Hannah’s last week; since then I’ve made way through a few Jhumpa Lahiris and Kathryn Harrison’s “The Kiss.” If you like incest, I highly recommend the latter. Really good.
So, to do the bulk of my duties for my internship at The Morning News, I’ve had to come to terms with Google Reader. I’ve always been really anti-reader — I’ve long been a Web site loyalist. I love the way Web sites look and feel as I scroll through them individually; I like to thoughtfully consider each one’s design as I make my morning, mid-morning, afternoon, mid-afternoon and evening rounds through my bookmarks. Each time I visit my reader and see 1000+ unread items, I worry that personalized RSS composers may destroy common appreciation for the look-feel of Web sites that Internet journalists and invisible server faeries work so diligently to produce.
Omg. I think I’ve found a topic for my master’s thesis in this. I can call it “Lost in Aggregation.” I am so excited.
Highlights from the trip so far:
United States Penitentiary, Marion, IL, Huge Cross, Effingham, IL, Waffle House, Forrest City, Arkansas.
800 mi to go.