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Archives: November 2013

Friends, Colleagues Remember New York Observer Editor Peter Kaplan

As the sad news of the passing at age 59 from cancer of Peter Kaplan spread Friday, current Observer senior editor Colin Campbell suggested “there’s no better source on Mr. Kaplan than the editor himself.” And so, Campbell for his first piece chose to republish Kaplan’s 2008 tribute to New York magazine founder Clay Felker.

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BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir meanwhile led off her memories with what she deemed a typically “quirky” Kaplan hiring experience:

In July 2007, when I was a writer for Gawker, I got an email from Nikki Finke that said in the subject line: “Peter Kaplan called and asked who to hire as his media writer/editor. I said you.” And so a few days later I got coffee with Peter at Le Pain Quotidien on 19th Street between Park and Broadway, just down the block from the old Observer offices, and a few weeks later, after several back-and-forths about what the job was (I was to be writing about “ideas”) and how much money I would be making (not very much), I was hired.

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Rob Ford’s Brother Says Oprah, Dr. Phil Among Media Suitors

It remains one of FishbowlNY’s favorite TV offerings of the year: the single episode of talk show Ford Nation, which aired in Canada on the Sun News Network Monday November 18 right before the program was canceled Tuesday November 19.

Now, according to an interview given Thursday by co-star Doug to the National Post‘s Jake Edmiston, the program will return before Christmas as a YouTube series. But that’s not the scariest part:

In the aftermath of a series of scandals, U.S. and Canadian production houses have flooded mayor Ford’s office, said his brother Doug, all pitching a reality show concept. Councillor Ford said they have passed on all offers. “Everyone from Oprah to Dr. Phil. You name the person, we’ve got calls from them.”

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New York Filmmaker Captures Walmart Mayhem

Brian Spain‘s return to North Carolina for the holidays has taken an unexpected, major-media turn. Thanks to having filmed and posted one of several videos showing the early Black Friday craziness at Walmart, he was on CNN this morning with Carol Costello and is also featured in this Forbes blog post.

Last month, Spain posted a tongue-in-cheek “Gay Barilla Ad,” but that take on another corporate PR disaster received nothing near the clicks of his brief chronicling of the tussling for TVs at a Walmart in Elkin, NC. Here’s part of what he told ForbesClare O’Connor:

“I saw the crazy full parking lot at Walmart, so I decided to go in and interview people… That’s when I saw the fight happen. I immediately had an employee – I assume the manager since he was the one that kicked me out – tell me that I had to turn my camera off and leave…”

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Artie Lange on Overcoming ‘Toughest’ of All Addictions – Heroin

TheFixlogoSince Artie Lange miraculously walked himself back from the edge of the abyss, he has been doing a lot of interviews about his life and new book. But there’s likely no more apt a place to find the one-time Howard Stern sidekick talking about his hard-fought recovery from heroin and other addictions than The Fix.

The website, which focuses on the issues of addiction and recovery, relaunched this week after taking a summer break. Overseeing these efforts is newly installed publisher and CEO Jay Levin, who previously founded LA Weekly.

The Fix plans to post at least five new features per week, along with a similar amount of personal essays and eight news items. Here’s Lange’s answer to the first question from The Fix contributor McCarton Ackerman – Where are you in your sobriety these days?:

“I’ve have had two relapses in the last 18 months, but have been clean for three months now. The last relapse was from painkillers I was taking for an injury. They were given to me by a doctor, but I didn’t take them as prescribed and finished a month’s prescription in about a day and a half. I got to a meeting and stopped myself, but I would definitely consider that to be a relapse.”

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Earn $1 a Word at Sports Illustrated For Kids

SIKidsSports Illustrated For Kids is all about the joy of being a sports fan. The pub’s target demographic are boys aged 7-14, with a love of sports and a will to read.

While a majority of the content is written by in-house staffers, editors are always willing to hear new ideas from freelancers. Local stories are in demand, as are articles focusing on a niche industry. There are a few key sections of the pub which are particularly freelance friendly:

The best place for freelancers to pitch is the feature well. “We’re looking for great ideas, interesting takes that would manifest as packages or features or profiles,” says managing editor Bob Der. Features run about 1,000 words, and packages with multiple components (say, a series of features with sidebars) can run from 2,000 to 4,000 words. Packages could be thematic, such as “athletes who give back” or “environmental conservation as it relates to sports.”

For editors’ contact info and more pitching tips, read: How To Pitch: Sports Illustrated For Kids.

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There is Now a #GuardianGreenRoom in Williamsburg

The newspaper’s interactive digital lounge, which aims to “bring independent journalism to life,” can be found at the first U.S. location of revered East End/West End London independent record store Rough Trade. This unusual combo, part of a massive warehouse set-up, officially opened Monday at 64 North 9th Street (corner of Wythe Avenue; Bedford L subway stop).

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So… all you hipsters and not-so-flannel-y relatives gathered in the vicinity this weekend. If you feel like taking a gander on Black Friday or clear Saturday-Sunday, here’s what you’ll encounter:

#GuardianGreenRoom, located on the second floor mezzanine, serves as an in-store content creation hub. Visitors can explore The Guardian’s music and cultural coverage, interface and engage with The Guardian’s wide assortment of interactive content, browse store events and daily happenings, compare music tastes and cultural trends across the Atlantic, share insights, ideas and opinions or simply enjoy the store’s many diverse offerings.

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NYT Nip Slip Photog Says It Was an ‘Unplanned Moment’

Yahoo columnist Virginia Hefferman tweeted that she likes the photo. Forbes columnist Clare O’Connor re-tweeted her agreement. What do you think of this morning’s hot-button New York Times front page?

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The New York Times are no dummies. They knew today would be a slow news day, and so – voila! The above image has triggered coverage not just here but also over at Business Insider and New York magazine:

The above-the-fold front-page photo, by Israeli photographer Rina Castelnuovo, accompanies a story about Israeli women grappling with one of the world’s highest rates of breast cancer. It shows a woman’s torso replete with a Star of David tattoo, a lumpectomy scar, and, yes, a bit of areola…

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Robert Redford Kills It in New York Times Magazine Short

NYTMagCoverFor this weekend’s movie issue, Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski teamed with a veritable who’s who of Hollywood to create 11 micro-shorts.

And since Robert Redford is the king this fall movie season of the minimal-dialogue game thanks to All is Lost, we couldn’t help but start with his “Making a Scene” short. You see, each actor is given just a short line (or two) of dialogue to deliver against majestic, orchestral backdrops provided by 14th Street Music.

We’re not going to spoil the surprise, but Redford gets an absolutely hilarious punchline from the tandem of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and nails it. Think of this Thanksgiving side dish as All is Cooked.

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Velvet Underground Fans Give Thanks for New Live Track

The song, “I’m Not a Young Man Anymore”, was recorded live at New York City’s The Gymnasium on April 30, 1967, when Lou Reed was just 25. Although a recording of the live show surfaced in bootleg form a few years ago, next month’s release by Universal Music of the box set White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition will mark the first time the composition has seen the official light of day.

For its coverage this week, Dangerous Minds excerpts a remembrance of The Gymnasium, a former Czechoslovakian health and social club, from Blondie member Chris Stein. As a teenager, Stein saw the Velvet Underground live there.

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