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Saturday, 20 January


Cooking from Sixteenth-Century Fairy Tales The Paris Review

In Valerie Stiverss Eat Your Words series, she cooks up recipes drawn from the works of various writers. 


The first and most deliciously weird collection of European fairy tales comes not from the Brothers Grimm but from Giambattista Basile (15751632), a poet, courtier, and feudal administrator from Naples. Because Basile wrote in the Neapolitan dialect The Tale of Talesin the original, Lo cunto de li cuntihas been obscure for most of its history. The first authoritative English translation, by Basile scholar Nancy Canepa, appeared only in 2007. For those of us who read to enter different skins and live in different worlds, the book is a treasure-box of estranging language and metaphor. The tales are fantastical, but the greater thrill is how the writing brings alive the details and sensibilities of daily life in baroque-period Italy, six hundred years ago. Here is Basile describing a pretty young girl:

she truly was a delectable morsel: she looked like tender curds and whey, like sugar paste; she never turned the little buttons of her eyes without leaving hearts perforated by love; she never opened the basin of her lips without doing a little laundry of souls

I find it intriguing that the tastiest comparisons Basile had for a pretty girl were curds and whey and
sugar-paste, and Im impressed by his subtletyis our girl, perhaps, a little bland?

Elsewhere, a young man who harms the kings son is forced to flee his village (on an enchanted horse), and utters the following fabulous paean to all the things hell miss:

Farewell carrots and chard; farewell fritters and cakes; farewell broccoli and pickled tuna; farewell tripe and giblets; farewell stews and casseroles! Farewell flower of cities, glory of Italy, painted egg of Europe, mirror of the world! Farewell, Naples, the non plus ultra where virtue has set her limits and...

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Friday, 19 January


Shoptalk: Is Local News on the Cusp of a Renaissance? Editor & Publisher

Its not an easy time to be a journalist in the United States. Since 2000, nearly half of newsroom jobsmore than 20,000 of themhave disappeared.

Yet now, more than ever, we rely on journalists to act as a check on those in power, create an informed citizenry and encourage civic engagement. This is particularly true at a local level. Local journalism not only fulfills an important watchdog function, it also helps createand definea sense of community.

Telling this story through the eyes of 10 local news outlets in the Pacific Northwest, my new report for the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon, is a microcosm for discussions and...


Still Arising michaelwrites

Thinking without writing is like fucking air there's not enough pressure to make it count. It's not that I don't exist, it's that the day goes by and doesn't leave a mark. Not that it matters. The world is already scribbled over. A notch? An explanation or excuse? No one has to read it. I need to write, not edifices like Roth, I'm not a novelist, but honor passing time by registering its strange effect. Age is whatever you happen to be now. Less energy still arises.


The Graphic New Online Books

The Graphic (British weekly paper, 1869-1932) (partial serial archives)

The Illustrated London News New Online Books

The Illustrated London News (partial serial archives)

London Society New Online Books

London Society (full serial archives)


The Antique House Murders (The Oakwood Mysteries Book 2) Any Good Book

Author:  Leslie Nagel
Genre:  Mystery

Digital Book, Audiobook, MP3
Alibi Publishing
232 Pages
May 30, 2017

Mulbridge House stood, silent and decaying, deep in the woods at the heart of Oakwood, Ohio, long before the passing of Augusta Mulbridge.  Yet suddenly everyone in town seems to have a stake in its fate:  the greedy heirs, eager to tear it down for a tidy profit; the local preservationists, determined to maintain it an an historic site; the angry neighbors, staunchly opposed to the construction of a modern subdivision.  Even Charley Carpenter is forced to admit that her beloved shop, Old Hat Vintage Fashions, could use an infusion of the estate's treasures.

The clock is ticking.  The wrecking ball is ready to swing.  All that stands between Mulbridge House and oblivion is one final vote.  That, and murder...

The trouble begins when Charley walks into auctioneer Calvin Prescott's office to find her cherished family friend crumpled on the floor.  Detective Marcus Trenault quickly connects his death to a string of increasingly violent burglaries plaguing Oakwood.  But when Charley uncovers a link to a massive land swindle worth millions, not to mention a drug ring operating out of the manor's abandoned outbuildings, that theory crumbles faster than Mulbridge House.  Now Charley's racing to catch a killer before everything falls apart.

Charley Carpenter owns a vintage clothing store, and is making a deal with Calvin Prescott to buy clothing from the estate of Augusta Mulbridge.  But while there, she hears and sees an argument between Millie Peache and Calvin - it seems Millie thinks Augusta made a will leaving the home to the preservation society, not to her children.  The unfortunate thing is that Millie is insistent it's inside a book that is to be sold at the sale, but which one?  Before she's evicted, Charley also hears the sniping remarks by Augusta's daughter Holland.

When Charley is able to pick up the clothing from Calvin's she finds him dead, and immediately calls the police - her boyfriend, Marcus Trenault.  Since Calvin was also a family friend, she has a personal interest in finding his killer.  But Marcus warns her to stay out of...


St. John the Evangelist, Vladimir Borovikovsky, ca. 1804-09 The Lion of Chaeronea

St. John the Evangelist, Vladimir Borovikovsky, ca. 1804-09


Axios CEO Jim VandeHei Says Its High-Priced Subs Will Come by Years End Editor & Publisher

Axios made headlines when it announced, then delayed, its plans to launch a $10,000-a-year subscription product. Founder and CEO Jim VandeHei said the publisher, which is turning one year old, is still committed to it and that he expects to launch it by the end of the year.


Former Sharon Herald Editor James Dunlap Dies at 95 Editor & Publisher

James A. Dunlap, a former editor of The Herald who over decades helped guide statewide journalism advancements and led Shenango Valley civic activities, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. He was 95.
Mr. Dunlap, who would have turned 96 on Jan. 27, passed away at Woodside at Shenango on the Green, an Alzheimers care facility in New Wilmington.


Ad Test Shows It Wouldnt Cost Much to offer an Option With No Ads At All Editor & Publisher

Last month, Associated Press media and technology writer Ryan Nakashima started an experiment on user behavior and online ads. On Wednesday, he published the early results.

I think we confirmed a lot of suspicions that pop-up ads indeed are annoying and people try to get rid of them as fast as they can, said Nakashima, whos continuing work he started as a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford.


Twitter is Exploring How to Notify its Users That They Saw Russian Propaganda During the 2016 Election Editor & Publisher

Twitter is exploring ways to notify perhaps millions of users who viewed Russian propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the company revealed Wednesday.

Appearing at an unrelated hearing in the Senate, the companys director of public policy, Carlos Monje, said Twitter is working to identify and inform individually the users who have been exposed to IRA accounts during the election referring to the Internet Research Agency, an online troll army with Kremlin ties.


Stowed Away (A Maine Clambake Mystery #6) Any Good Book

Author:  Barbara Ross
Genre:  Mystery

Trade Paperback; Mass Market Paperback; Audio CD; Digital Book; Audiobook
ISBN #:  9781432845841; 9781496700414; 9781541455740
Kensington Publishing
280 Pages
$21.24; $7.99; $24.99; $6.99 Amazon
December 26, 2017

It's June in Busman's Harbor, Maine, and Julia Snowden and her family are working hard to get their authentic Maine clambake business ready for summer.  Preparations must be put on hold, however, when a mysterious yacht drops anchor in the harbor - and delivers an unexpected dose of murder...

When Julia's old prep school rival Wyatt Jane invites her to dinner on board her billionaire fiance's decked-out yacht, Julia arrives to find a sumptuous table set for two - and the yachtsman dead in his chair.  Suspicion quickly falls on Wyatt, and Julia's quest to dredge up the truth leads her into the murky private world of a mega-rich recluse who may not have been all that he seemed...

It's June in Busman's Harbor, and Julia Snowden and her family are preparing for the summer tourist season, when people will flock to their private island and have a real Maine clambake while enjoying the season.  But on their island stands the shell of the home Julia spent all her summers growing up; decayed by age and fire.  Since her mother came into quite a bit of money, she wants to restore the home, but Julia wants to tear it down; still, her mother is willing to see an architect that their friend Quentin has said is in town and can possibly help them.

Imagine Julia's surprise when the friend turns out to be an old school roommate of Julia's - and not one fondly remembered.  While she keeps her thoughts to herself, she still doesn't trust the woman.  But Wyatt Jayne acts as if she doesn't remember the incident that still stands clear in Julia's mind, and when plans for the house have been barely discussed, she invites everyone to dinner aboard her boyfriend's yacht, which is in harbor for renovations.  After Julia meets the boyfriend - Geoffrey Bower - she's surprised that Wyatt would even be attracted to him, but likes him nonetheless.

But it'...


Bacchanal with a Wine Vat, Andrea Mantegna, ca. 1470s-90s The Lion of Chaeronea

Bacchanal with a Wine Vat, Andrea Mantegna, ca. 1470s-90s


An Investment in Journalism Works to Return Peace to Colombia Editor & Publisher

Two years ago, as peace negotiations began to show promise of ending Colombias 50-year civil war, international organizations leapt in to fortify the precarious process and help repair a fractured society. Alongside money for education, infrastructure, judicial action, and landmine removal, the contributions included funding for journalism.


New York Times Runs Letters From Trump Supporters Editor & Publisher

The Times editorial board has been sharply critical of the Trump presidency, on grounds of policy and personal conduct. Not all readers have been persuaded. In the spirit of open debate, and in hopes of helping readers who agree with us better understand the views of those who dont, we wanted to let Mr. Trumps supporters make their best case for him as the first year of his presidency approaches its close.


The Academics Guide to Academese The Paris Review


The following definitions are culled from a critical glossary written by a group of Princeton graduate students and faculty. The glossary defines fifty-eight terms common to academic life, in a style intended to prick both egos and consciences.

art. Most generally, the ability, manner, or knack essential to the realization of some task or goal, especially when tricky or specialized (e.g., the art of losing isnt hard to master). Also, a large class of objects and/or nonmaterial phenomena privileged for their putative ability to occasion unpredictable but significant responses (particularly aesthetic, but sometimes sentimental or political) in individuals and groups. A term substantially defined by resistance to definition. Hence, difficult to define satisfactorily, if also satisfactory to define difficultly.

canon. A sacred weapon within academic departments, fired ritually upon the uninitiated or wayward. Injuries suffered may generate the scars requisite for entry into the relevant sodalities and/or encampments. 

emancipation. Freedom; arguably the single highest political/intellectual ideal across much of the world, at least in the wake of late eighteenth-century developments commonly referred to as the Enlightenment. Many scholars in the humanities and social sciences write books and articles that seek to emancipate readers, generally from what are understood to be ideological misprisions inimical to the proper experience or full exercise of human freedom. Interestingly, however, relatively few of the scholars in question seem to have a robust account of into what condition of existence it would be ideal for humans to be freed. But this is a very hard problem. Gestural micromaneuvers away from one or another punitive nonfreedom will generally suffice in the introduction and/or conclusion of a scholarly work.

excellence. The substantive form of the familiar adjective excellent, meaning of the highest quality, and, more specifically, surpassing related or adjacent members of the relevant class. As a noun, the term designates the state of being better than other persons, places, or things. Interestingly, while it permits the conveyance of this sense, the term never requires that the surpassing of the broader field be specified: from a grammatical perspective, the comparative or competitive implications of the word are sub...


HuffPost Introduces HuffPost Opinion And HuffPost Personal Editor & Publisher

We live in a cacophonous world. Thousands of voices shout for our attention from our social media timelines and TV screens. Its hard to know what deserves our focus and what to tune out. At HuffPost, we believe its our job to bring you, our audience, the most thoughtful, diverse and provocative points of view from across the globe. So today we are launching two new sections: Opinion and Personal.


Morning at Dotonbori, Osaka (from the series Souvenirs of Travel... The Lion of Chaeronea

Morning at Dotonbori, Osaka (from the series Souvenirs of Travel II), Kawase Hasui, 1921


A Wrinkle in Time: Science Fiction and Fantasy for Female Readers The Paris Review

The Book of Secrets, Shayn Art.


Why dont you write anything fun? You know, like about an alternate universe or time travel or something?

Thats my twelve-year-old daughter, an obsessive reader who plows through four or five books a week, disappointed that her novelist mom hasnt invented a tweenage dystopia like the ones she devours daily. For her, like for so many readers her age, reading means plunging into the supernatural, fantasy, science fiction, some wild imagined world where new rules apply. I watched endless alternate universes with daring heroines pile up on my daughters nightstand, baffled by how different her tastes were from mine at her ageuntil I finally understood one very obvious answer to her question. My daughters fascination with nonrealistic literature began a few years ago with one of my own childhood favorites: Madeleine LEngles A Wrinkle in Time, first published in 1962. And that was where the wrinkle between my daughters time and mine began.

A Wrinkle in Time is about a girl who traverses five dimensions to rescue her physicist father, whos being held hostage in another solar system by (wait for it) an evil intergalactic brain. En route, she crosses a two-dimensional world, stops in an Elysian field filled with centaur-pegasi, and recuperates on a planet populated by blind healing beasts. In the sequel, A Wind in the Door, she saves her little brother from terminal illness by traveling into his cells, likely making this to be the worlds only novel set primarily inside a mitochondrion. Its awesome, if youre ten years old and into that kind of thing.

I was very much into that kind of thing. Those books rocketed me out of the Ramona Quimbyinfested literary world of my 1980s childhood, shattering the tedious triad of school/friends/parents divorcethe subjects of the vast majority of young-adult books I encountered. LEngle introduced me to the simple breathtaking fact that other possibilities existed. After I finished every book she...


Trump Hands Out Fake News Awards Editor & Publisher

President Trump who gleefully questioned President Barack Obamas birthplace for years without evidence, long insisted on the guilt of the Central Park Five despite exonerating proof and claimed that millions of illegal ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016 wanted to have a word with the American public about accuracy in reporting.


Newsonomics: Inside L.A.s Journalistic Collapse Editor & Publisher

How far is The Post from Los Angeles? Figure almost 50 years, as well as 3,000 miles. While big audiences and the remaining fully paid journalists can delight in the triumphant Spielbergian tale of The Washington Posts decision to follow The New York Times in publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, the grim reality of daily newspapering in 2018 grows grimmer each week.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial on Racism Draws Fire From Foundations and Dozens of Former Staffers Editor & Publisher

Two major Pittsburgh foundations and 28 former employees of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette condemned an editorial on racism and President Donald Trump that the newspapers owner decided must run in the paper, and which happened to appear on Martin Luther King Day.


Basic Elements of the Christian Life (Lee) New Online Books

Basic Elements of the Christian Life (with other works; 3 volumes; Anaheim, CA: Living Stream Ministry, c2003), by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (PDF and Epub at

Anatomie Descriptive et Topographique du Chien (Ellenberger) New Online Books

Anatomie Descriptive et Topographique du Chien (translated into French; Paris: C. Reinwald et cie, 1894), by Wilhelm Ellenberger and Hermann Baum, trans. by Joseph Deniker (stable link)

The American Poetry Magazine New Online Books

The American Poetry Magazine (partial serial archives)

Analele Parlamentare ale Romaniei (Romania. Parlament) New Online Books

Analele Parlamentare ale Romaniei (in Romanian), by Romania Parliament (partial serial archives)

Bird-Lore New Online Books

Bird-Lore (partial serial archives)

The Twelve Months of The Year New Online Books

The Twelve Months of The Year: With a Picture for Each Month, Adapted To Northern Latitudes (Portland, ME: Bailey and Noyes, ca. 1860) (multiple formats at

Nursery Rhymes New Online Books

Nursery Rhymes (London: Printed for the booksellers, ca. 1780) (multiple formats at

The Good Child's Amusing Riddle-Book, Adorned with Cuts New Online Books

The Good Child's Amusing Riddle-Book, Adorned with Cuts (Birmingham, UK: Printed by T. Brandard, n.d.) (multiple formats at

The Universal Dreamer New Online Books

The Universal Dreamer: Containing the Interpretation of a Great Variety of Dreams, Explaining Their Meaning, and Disclosing The Secrets of Futurity (London: W. S. Fortey, n.d.) (multiple formats at

Goode's Universal Dream Book New Online Books

Goode's Universal Dream Book (London: T. Goode, between 1859 and 1879) (multiple formats at

Aladdin New Online Books

Aladdin (London: Yorkshire J. S. Pub. and Stationery Co., n.d.) (multiple formats at

The Mad Pranks and Merry Jests of Robin Goodfellow (Collier) New Online Books

The Mad Pranks and Merry Jests of Robin Goodfellow: Reprinted From the Edition of 1628 (London: Reprinted for the Percy Society by C. Richards, 1841), ed. by John Payne Collier (multiple formats at

Museums (Murray) New Online Books

Museums: Their History and Their Use; With a Bibliography and List of Museums in the United Kingdom (3 volumes; Glasgow: J. MacLehose and Sons, 1904), by David Murray (stable link)

Systematische und Topographische Anatomie des Hundes (Ellenberger) New Online Books

Systematische und Topographische Anatomie des Hundes (in German; Berlin: P. Parey, 1891), by Wilhelm Ellenberger and Hermann Baum (multiple formats at

The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, 1595-1606 (Markham) New Online Books

The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, 1595-1606 (2 volumes; London: Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1904), ed. by Clements R. Markham, contrib. by Pedro Fernandes de Queirs, Basil H. Soulsby, Luis de Belmonte y Bermdez, Juan de Torquemada, Luis Vaez de Torres, Diego de Prado y Tovar, Fernando de Castro, Juan Luis Arias, and Gaspar Gonzalez de Leza (stable link)

Konia (Lytved) New Online Books

Konia: Inschriften der Seldschukischen Bauten (in German and Turkish; Berlin: J. Springer, 1907), by Julius Lytved (stable link)

The Record of Collaboration of King Farouk of Egypt With the Nazis and Their Ally, the Mufti (Nation Associates ) New Online Books

The Record of Collaboration of King Farouk of Egypt With the Nazis and Their Ally, the Mufti: The Official Nazi Records of the King's Alliance and of the Mufti's Plans for Bombing Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: Memorandum Submitted to the United Nations, June 1948 (in English and German; 1948), by N.Y.) Nation Associates (New York (page images at HathiTrust)

Address of President Hoover at the Twelfth Annual Convention of the American Legion, Boston, Massachusetts, October 6, 1930 (Hoover) New Online Books

Address of President Hoover at the Twelfth Annual Convention of the American Legion, Boston, Massachusetts, October 6, 1930 (Washington: GPO, 1930), by Herbert Hoover (page images at HathiTrust)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Coleridge) New Online Books

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1857), by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, illust. by Edward Henry Wehnert, Myles Birket Foster, and Edward Duncan (page images at HathiTrust)

Das Altbabylonische Gerichtswesen (Walther) New Online Books

Das Altbabylonische Gerichtswesen (in German; Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs, 1917), by Arnold Friedrich Walther (stable link)

Recent Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art ) New Online Books

Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 19851986 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986), by Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), contrib. by Philippe De Montebello (page images and PDF with commentary at Metropolitan Museum of Art and Google)

Recent Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art ) New Online Books

Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1986-1987 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987), by Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), contrib. by Philippe De Montebello (page images and PDF with commentary at Metropolitan Museum of Art and Google)

Recent Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art ) New Online Books

Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1987-1988 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1988), by Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), contrib. by Philippe De Montebello (page images and PDF with commentary at Metropolitan Museum of Art and Google)

Red-Figured Athenian Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Richter) New Online Books

Red-Figured Athenian Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2 volumes in 1; New Haven: Yale University Press; London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1936), by Gisela Marie Augusta Richter, illust. by Lindsley F. Hall (page images and PDF with commentary at Metropolitan Museum of Art and Google)

Notes Taken During the Expedition Commanded by Capt. R. B. Marcy, U. S. A., Through Unexplored Texas, in the Summer and Fall of 1854 (Parker) New Online Books

Notes Taken During the Expedition Commanded by Capt. R. B. Marcy, U. S. A., Through Unexplored Texas, in the Summer and Fall of 1854 (Philadelphia: Hayes and Zell, 1856), by W. B. Parker (stable link)


Writing Fiction in the Shadow of Jerusalem The Paris Review


I started writing fiction while a cloud of death and mourning hung heavy over Jerusalem. To be clear: death and mourning are always hovering in the air over Jerusalem. It is not a joyful city. But in this period, beginning in early fall of 2015, death and mourning were increasingly part of the daily reality of almost every Jerusalemite I knew, and were spreading elsewhere, throughout Israel-Palestine.

In late September of that year, a car driven by a sixty-four-year-old Israeli man named Alexander Levlovitz was stoned by a number of Palestinian youths in Jerusalem. He crashed into a pole and was killed. A few days later, an Israeli couple were shot and killed by Palestinian gunmen while driving in the West Bank with their four children, who were not physically harmed. In the days and weeks that followed, the Israeli military began a trigger-happy campaign of suppressing any form of Palestinian uprising, whether armed or not. By mid October, some two hundred Palestinians had been killed by Israeli forcessome of them armed with lethal weapons and attempting to carry out attacks; some of them throwing stones at army posts, vehicles, or checkpoints; some of them entirely unarmed; some of them small children, like thirteen-year-old Abdel Rahman Obeidallah. During the same period, twenty-eight Israelis had been stabbed, axed, run over, or shot to death by Palestinians, and an Eritrean refugee named Haftom Zarhum was beaten to death in a bus station after a group of Israelis mistakenly identified him as the Palestinian perpetrator of a shooting attack that had just taken place there.

During that period, like many other Israeli Jewish Jerusalemites, I was, when I left my house, in a state of hypervigilant anxiety that sometimes morphed into genuine fear. Unlike many other Israeli Jewish Jerusalemites, I also visited Palestinian colleagues in the occupied eastern parts of the city to see how they were faring in the face of the increasingly draconian crackdowns.

That was how I spent my afternoons. But in the mornings, I was neither glancing nervously around the light-rail or the sidewalks, nor listen...


A Warning to a Wicked King The Lion of Chaeronea

Occasional Verse, Samuel Sewall (1652 1730) = Kaiser (ed.), Early American Latin Verse 20

Cease to profane, o Belshazzar, the temple of the Almighty:
Your next night is your last- a night that has no end.

Desine, Belshazzar, templo Omnipotentis abuti:
    proxima fatalis nox sine fine tua est.

Belshazzars Feast, Rembrandt, 1635

Thursday, 18 January


Industry Insight: Why Top Editors Should Be Involved with Revenue Editor & Publisher

Consciously or not, editors are already involved in news organizations revenue strategies. Its time for them to be more intentional about it.

First, lets just say upfront that tear down the wall analogies are inadequate. There should be a large, immoveable force between the sale of advertising and the newsrooms judgment about what kinds of stories are covered, how theyre covered, and the staffs ability to pursue them.

Protecting that wall, if thats what you want to call it, is one of the most basic reasons top editors should insert themselves into conversations about revenue. The advent of sponsored content, branded content and native advertising make it impossible to maintain the integrity of the newsroom simply by never speaking or listening to the revenue people.

A second reason, of course, is basic survival. If an editor sits out discussions about revenue and the business model, she leaves the fate of her newsroom and the level of resources it will have to other people. Other people who are likely not as versed as she in understanding and articulating the value of the product and service the organization provides.

Third is the shift that is happening toward reader revenue.

Newsrooms have already bent their journalism in a significant way according to a modern shift in revenue strategy. Theyre built around chasing page views, based on a pursue-scale digital advertising model.

Building a newsroom around reader revenue is a different proposition. It just wont work without editors leadership. And almost every other category of revenue a news organization pursues can shape the user experiences that impact a readers willingness to pay.

While some say that readers have always paid for news, what if that isnt really true? Maybe print subscriptions were more about paying for a delivery method, or a format (that included things other than news, from coupons, to comics, to classifieds), thats no longer relevant or preferred.

Digital news subscriptions, or memberships, are a very different ask. And editors need to help shape how thats posed, and maybe even be personally involved in making the ask.

Newspaper companies that are making a push for reader revenue but still have a newsroom with the mile...


Princess Margarita Teresa of Spain in Mourning Dress, Juan... The Lion of Chaeronea

Princess Margarita Teresa of Spain in Mourning Dress, Juan Bautista Martnez del Mazo, 1666


Journalisms New Patrons: Guardian Shows How Newspapers Could Attract Philanthropy Editor & Publisher

An intensified search for philanthropy by the UK-based Guardian Media Group has touched off an experiment that could provide a new revenue source for American newspapers.

A newly created U.S. nonprofit,, has already raised $2.4 million in foundation gifts and pledges, and has sent some of that money to the Guardian news operations to finance five journalism initiatives.


The Washington Posts Arc Publishing Signs Le Parisien Editor & Publisher

The Washington Posts Arc Publishing has signed an agreement with Le Parisien to power the publications digital presence. Founded by the French underground during World War II, Le Parisien is known outside Paris as Aujourdhui en France (Today in France) and is one of the largest newspapers in the country, reaching more than 20 million monthly unique visitors and with the largest general national news daily print circulation of more than 320,000.


Half of Americans Cant Name a News Source They Consider Objective Editor & Publisher

A new study by the Knight Foundation puts public perception of biased news media in a historical perspective at a time when fake news has become a catchphrase.

In 1989, only 25 percent of US adults said there was a great deal of political bias in news coverage. Now, that number is at an all-time high of 45 percent.


Local Edition: Knowing Your Newsrooms Mission Can Help You Say No Editor & Publisher

I reached out to nine people to find out what gets them to a no with their work and how they set their priorities.

Four responded. Three didnt (Im not mad, email stinks.) And two emailed a kind, firm no.

In those two cases, both journalists responded swiftly and with a clear explanation.


Marble bust of Antisthenes (ca. 445-365 BCE), Socratic... The Lion of Chaeronea

Marble bust of Antisthenes (ca. 445-365 BCE), Socratic philosopher sometimes credited as the founder of the Cynic school.  Roman copy after a lost Hellenistic original (late 3rd/early 2nd. cent. BCE).  Found on the Via Appia, Rome; now in the British Museum.


When Membership Might Not Be Your Publications Best Path Forward Editor & Publisher

When well done, membership can be fantastically impactful. But it can also be incredibly resource-intensive and cant be turned on and off like a campaign. Fundraising and marketing are difficult: with few exceptions, news consumers are habituated to not paying for access to digital news. Access to digital news is often subsidizedby advertisers, platforms, private funders, and reporters themselvesin ways readers often dont realize.


At The Boston Globe, the Editorial Pages Are Looking for New Ways to Engage Readers Editor & Publisher

If the daily newspaper sometimes seems like a fusty relic, thats especially true of the opinion pages. The standard format chin-stroking editorials representing the anonymously expressed views of the institution, opinion columns by staff writers and outside contributors, letters to the editor, and a cartoon has been unchanged for decades.


Two Thousand Pieces of Subway Ephemera The Paris Review

A bag of bullseye subway tokens. All photographs by Brian Kelley.


In 2011, the Brooklyn-based photographer Brian Kelley began collecting old MetroCards, a project that soon transformed into a zealous obsession. After scouring all of the citys 472 stations, he widened his scope to include maps, pins, tokens, buttons, uniforms, promotional papers, and other historical artifacts. With the help of fellow enthusiasts, MTA workers, and eBay sellers, he has amassed, over the years, some two thousand pieces of ephemera. A selection appears below.

In his new book, New York City Transit Authority: Objects, Kelley tells the story of the subways evolution. In a moment when the subways future has been put into question and dissected by frequent exposs of the systems degradation, this project offers a uniquely intimate view into its history. The transit passes and MetroCards, in particular, read like familiar texts, each inscribed with traces of their respective time and place. A pink omnibus pass from 1956, for example, contains a name field for the passengers husband. A test MetroCard from 1992 heralds the end of tokens. Two years later, in 1994, the MetroCards already resemble those New Yorkers use today. Later specimens from the aughts feature public-safety warnings as well as advertisements, most recently for the fashion brand Supreme. Some things never change: a flyer from 1985, when the 7 line was overhauled for repairs, shows a commuter frustration that wouldnt be out of place today. Taken together, the objects constitute both a public record and a palimpsest, suggestive of the countless ways the city has grown, faltered, and reinvented itself over the decades, even as the structures undergirding it have remained for the most part unchanged.


John McCain: Mr. President, Stop Attacking the Press Editor & Publisher

After leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to recognize individuals who have fought to spread liberty worldwide. Nancy Reagan continued the tradition after her husbands death, and in 2008 she bestowed the honor on human rights icon Natan Sharansky, who credited Reagans strong defense of freedom for his own survival in Soviet gulags.


Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, Surrounded by Her Nymphs in a... The Lion of Chaeronea

Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, Surrounded by Her Nymphs in a Luminous Forest Setting, Louis Devedeux (1820-1874)


Dont You Weep: The Bruce Springsteen Cure for Despair The Paris Review

Bruce Springsteen


One year down, three to go.

Season one of the Trump unreality show was a fire that wouldnt stop burning, set against the apocalyptic backdrop of real California wildfires that consumed over a million acres in the fall. Huge tracts of psychic energy, funds of hope and goodwill, were consumed by the effort to make sense of what was happening to the nation, to respond meaningfully, and to maintain sanity. Millions ranted about the arsonist in chief, yelled at their televisions, at their laptops, yelled on Facebook and Twitter or at protests in the street. Some, it is true, retreated into permanent Cat Video Land. But almost everyone was looking for evidence of hope.

Twelve years ago, New Orleans was still on its knees after Katrina. I remember January 2006 well. Four months after the disaster, vast sections of the city were still mud logged and disfigured; citizens were still being pulledsoaked, bloated, dead, stinkingout of shipwrecked houses. The failure of the federally funded and constructed levee system, the Bush administrations bungled, ineffectual response, and, in the background, the ongoing disaster in Iraq made it feel as if the country were going off the rails.

That spring, Bruce Springsteen played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It remains probably the single greatest performance that Ive ever seen, by anyone. It wasnt just the music itself but the way Springsteen and the band grasped the moment, understood what the city needed, and delivered it to an audience made up largely of people who had lived through, and were still living through, disaster. For years, Ive wished for some kind of document of that afternoon, and now there is one. A company called Nugs.netdo you know these guys?has just issued a two-disc set of the entire concert, ...


Europe Tries to Fight Hate, Harassment, and Fake News Without Killing Free Speech Editor & Publisher

A toxic combination of misinformation, hate speech, and online harassment is pushing several European countries to take action against social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. But some believe their actionshowever well-intentionedrun the risk of stifling free speech and putting dangerous restrictions on freedom of the press.


The Awl and The Hairpin Are Shutting Down Editor & Publisher

For almost a decade, The Awl implored the world to Be Less Stupid. There was a great big internet out there, the editors cautioned. And by writing intelligently about offbeat topics from a locket meant to hold mad money to a deeply unsatisfying West Elm couch called the Peggy The Awl and its sister sites did their best to live up to the motto.


Is Whistleblowing Worth Prison or a Life in Exile?: Edward Snowden Talks to Daniel Ellsberg Editor & Publisher

Daniel Ellsberg, the US whistleblower celebrated in Steven Spielbergs new film, The Post, was called the most dangerous man in America by the Nixon administration in the 70s. More than 40 years later, the man he helped inspire, Edward Snowden, was called the terrible traitor by Donald Trump, as he called for Snowdens execution.


Sappho Eating Her Heart Out: An Interview with Megan Levad The Paris Review


In Karl Shapiros best book, The Bourgeois Poet (1964), theres an excellent poem to Randall Jarrell. The last line of that poem goes, I rush to read you, whatever you print. Thats how I feel about Megan Levad. Thats how I feel, and thats what I do.

We became acquaintances years ago in Ann Arbor. She described to me the manuscript she was working on, and I remember thinking it sounded like not at all my kind of thing. I dont remember the details, but I know it was gonna be a set of connected lyrics, orbiting some dramatic historical incident. Years later, her first full-length work came out, and it had nothing in common with the book she had described. It was a bunch of thoroughly droll and inventive prose pieces, wherein she set out to explain (reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly) various complex processes and ideaswithout doing a dot of research. Instead, she just used her own reasoning powers and whatever information one picks up from TV and high school. The resulting humor was so much to my taste that I renewed with her on Facebook or whatever it was, and weve been poetry friends ever since. Now her second book is out, and its a complete surprise once again. But it is not merely different from the other book. Its more like the poet has grown a new head.

What Have I to Say to You (Tavern Books, 2017) is, in my judgment, one of the actually good poetry books of the last fifteen years. Best in terms of memorable lines and bold vision, and best in terms of being the kind of book one happily reads over and over. It took me twenty-nine minutes and five seconds to read the whole thing into a voice recorder. I have listened to that recording six times in the last week.

I decided to ask Megan some questions about the book.


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