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South Africa Reclaims the Memory of Famed Anti-Apartheid Journalist

Following an exhumation of Nat Nakasa‘s remains last Friday and New York City memorial service over the weekend, South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa arrived back home this afternoon bearing the late journalist’s remains. It has been nearly five decades since the reporter died of an apparent suicide in New York; next month, he will be returned to the ground in his hometown of Chesterville, KwaZulu-Natal.

NiemanFoundationLogoNakasa died in 1965 after completing a Nieman fellowship at Harvard. At the time, the South African government had made it impossible for him to return home. From a BBC report:

It is fitting that one of the country’s most celebrated writers should return home as South Africans celebrate 20 years of freedom.

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NYT Correspondent Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash [Updated]

AlissaRubinTwitterProfilePicParis bureau chief Alissa J. Rubin is banged up but OK. From colleague Rob Nordland and Rick Gladstone‘s dispatch:

A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers, including a New York Times journalist on assignment for the newspaper.

Alissa J. Rubin, 56, The Times’s Paris bureau chief and a longtime war correspondent, suffered an apparent concussion and broken wrists but was conscious, she confirmed when contacted briefly by cellphone. Adam Ferguson, 35, a freelance photographer working for The Times who was accompanying her, said via cellphone that he was not injured.

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NYT Profiles India’s 90-Year-Old Sex Advice Columnist

The name of the column is “Ask the Sexpert.” The newspaper that carries it is the Mumbai Mirror. And the man at the sexpert-controls is Dr. Mahinder Watsa.

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From this weekend’s New York Times “The Saturday Profile” by Ellen Barry and Malavika Vyawahare:

Over the nine years he has been writing the daily column, by his editor’s estimate, Watsa has received upward of 40,000 letters seeking advice on sexual problems, the vast majority seeking basic information. Answering them, he steps into a vacuum in a country where, according to a government study conducted several years ago, only about a fifth of young men and women reported receiving any type of sex education…

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David Carr Loses Track of Glenn Greenwald’s Dogs

The many pet dogs tended to in Rio de Janeiro by Glenn Greenwald and husband David get a fair bit of ink in David Carr‘s colorful interview piece. However, when dealing with a permanent brood of 12 canines – augmented at the time of the New York Times columnist’s visit by an additional, thirteenth interloper – it can get hairy.

From the correction at the bottom of the article:

Correction: August 3, 2014
…The column also misstated the name of one of Glenn Greenwald’s many dogs. The dog’s name is Sheeva, not Sheila.

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PR Firm Edelman Unsure of China Chief Whereabouts

EdelmanBeijingIt may turn out to be a false alarm. But for now, this dispatch by Beijing Reuters correspondent Megha Rajagopalan is rather alarming:

U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

Two sources with knowledge of the matter said Steven Cao had not been seen this week at either the Edelman office in Beijing or that of its subsidiary, Pegasus Public Relations Consulting. Cao is chief executive of Edelman’s China arm and also runs Pegasus.

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Filmmaker Prefers to Ignore ‘Lesbian Lena Dunham’ Label

From Down Under comes a fun interview with Desiree Akhavan, an Iranian-born actor-director who made waves this year at Sundance with her comedy Appropriate Behavior, in which she stars as Brooklyn bisexual Shirin.

Gay News Network Australia editor Rachel Cook asked Akhavan what it’s like to be saddled with the media label of being the “new lesbian Lena Dunham” (as opposed to the old?!). Here’s Akhavan’s answer:

“If I took that shit seriously I would spend the bulk of my time in the fetal position at the foot of my bed.”

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Mayor de Blasio: ‘I Stand by the Knife and Fork’

GinoSorbilloLogoMichael Howard Saul, who covers New York City Hall for the Wall Street Journal, is toughing it this week in Italy. On the trail of Mayor de Blasio, he has filed – together with Milan-based colleague Manuela Mesco – a feature interview piece at the tail-end of de Blasio’s eight-day Italian vacation.

A highlight for de Blasio was dining on Wednesday night in Naples with that city’s mayor at a restaurant his grandfather used to frequent. In Napoli, there was also time for pizza:

Their 16-year-old son, Dante, was craving pizza, and mom and dad obliged when the family reached Naples on Wednesday. The family enjoyed pizza at Sorbillo, a well-known place on the water.

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Nobel Prize Winner’s Wise Words Frame NYT Op-Ed

On December 7, 1995, Irish playwright and poet Seamus Heaney accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature. The speech he gave that day in Sweden was later published under the title Crediting Poetry. Today, from that speech, a key passage anchors the headline and first paragraph of New York Times op-ed columnist Roger Cohen‘s piece about the current Middle East turmoil:

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A Missed Marilyn Monroe Headline Opportunity

ShutterstockMonroeModelThis giant statue of Marilyn Monroe‘s most famous film pose was erected in Guigang, China in late December 2013. And subsequently, virally consigned to the Chinese scrap heap in June, 2014.

By our count, that’s seven months. And yet… This morning, there is a shocking paucity of “China Scratches Seven Month Itch”-style headlines. Even though the statue and mimicked over-an-NYC-subway-sidewalk-grate scene is from a film titled The Seven Year Itch.

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Stones Reviewer Connects ‘Start Me Up’ to Startups

American-Israeli serial entrepreneur Bob Rosenschein knows his way around an elevator pitch. The MIT grad has been involved with a number of such rides, from Answers.com to content curation App Curiyo.

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Via Twitter, he recently shared a great piece by his friend Alan Weinkrantz, a PR advisor to startups. After attending the Rolling Stones show in Tel Aviv, Weinkrantz cranked out a unique review of the group’s restarted “14 On Fire” tour. We’re big fans of non-traditional critiques of films and live performance; on the Stones trail this year, this take is going to be hard to beat.

Weinkrantz’s blog post for the The Times of Israel is titled “10 Lessons Startups Can Learn From The Rolling Stones.” One of our favorites is Lesson #6:

Collaborate with co-founders, even when they leave or go other ways.

It was nice to see Mick Taylor join the band tonight for a bit. You may part ways with early founders. Don’t forget your roots and your family.

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