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Posts Tagged ‘Leslie Brenner’

Sundown on Sunset: Back Talk

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Food Woolf and Matt Bites both snap at the heels of the LAT’s Leslie Brenner and her Diner’s Bill of Rights. Of course, the strike renders all this moot.

Screwed by Axium? Matt Fretz has some advice.

John Ziegler gives another view of KFI-AM.

Sharon Waxman waves bye-bye to the NYT.

Oprah Winfrey, planning ahead, has drawn up her will.

Casey Aldridge says Jamie-Lynn’s baby is no child of his.

Sarkozy’s sweetie is preggers, and his ex is bitter.

Glenn Close has a dog blog. You were expecting bunnies, maybe?

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Leslie Brenner, Sherry Stern Move to LAT Sunday Magazine

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The Los Angeles Times has shifted Leslie Brenner over to the ill-fated Sunday magazine, and restored Michalene Busico to the Food section, which is great, great news for food writers and those who like to read about food, cooking, and such in Los Angeles.

Buscio might want to check out Brooke Burton’s new blog, Food Woolf, if she’s looking for a local replacement for Regina Schrambling, which we pray she is. We also hope she restores the Great Home Cooks feature.

The Knife is running local favorites by local bloggers, which is a great idea for a feature, too.

Sherry Stern is also moving to the magazine, as acting managing editor, but will remain as a deputy editor of Features, so that uninspired dreariness can continue throughout the entire paper, with no interruptions.

Regina Schrambling’s Lukewarm Mess: Food Blogging Made Boring

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Regina Schrambling, the LA Times Food section’s favorite freelancer, turns in another not-about-LA piece. Today’s treat is how to be a food blogger, with no coding or cooking experience required. You don’t need a sense of humor or story, either, judging by the results.

Schrambling’s own blog can be furious and funny, but the SoCal suburbanites must not deserve her real writing. Maybe her LAT editors have never read any of her other work, and this is her best stuff.

While her story isn’t as trite as it might be, it’s pointless–she learns how to download photos, sort of.

The Food section used to be one of the gems of the paper, and editor Leslie Brenner seems determined to erase all memories of past glories–maybe she’s figuring if she can’t duplicate the successes of former editors, at least she can put her own stamp on on the flabby, nearly lifeless form.

And we’re not alone in our dismay at Schrambling–The Knife agrees.

LAT in 90: Twists and Turns

The Los Angeles Times, distilled.

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MIT Media Lab Meta Munchies
Last week’s cheap eats feature was a big hit with readers, so Food Section editor Leslie Brenner kills that dangerous trend. Regina Schrambling writes about an AI geek with a software program and a palate of styrofoam.

Baby Video Study: Junk Science
Bruce Kluger’s op-ed on the academic study of baby videos has all the actual information on the methodology that that news story lacked. Gist: researchers never saw or listened to any children.

Santa Barbara Slug-Fest
The legal battle between Wendy McCaw and former employees of the Santa Barbara News-Press should serve as a cautionary tale for all those who wanted David Geffen to buy the LAT.
James Rainey’s reporting is even-handed.

A-1 With a (Would-be) Bullitt
Dan Neil drives Steve McQueen’s Ferrari. Terrific piece, worst video ever. Why? Car not shown in motion–fast motion. Sitdown interview is static–the car owner should have been doing something. Once again: Net video should not look like tv.

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