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Posts Tagged ‘Meghan Daum’

Lena Dunham Makes Like a Statue

The headlines rolling out of the online preview of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine “Culture Issue” cover story by Meghan Daum have been pun-tastic. Perez Hilton thinks the Girls star is “Totally STONED,” while Refinery29 contributor Lauren Le Vine notes that Dunham got “Busted.”

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The New York Times has a more civilized way of describing this weekend’s cover. Most of the credit for this one belongs to the publication’s design director:

Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor, wanted to evoke classical art. The magazine’s design director, Gail Bichler, suggested turning Dunham into a sculpture, and Joanna Milter, deputy photo editor, had an idea for the artist to take that on: Victoria Diehl, a Spanish photographer who creates haunting hybrids of flesh and stone by melding images of human models and classical marble statues.

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LA Times Columnist Posits ‘Hiker Hate’

Echoing the majority of reader comments at press time to Meghan Daum‘s latest LA Times column, we don’t buy into her stand-alone concept of “hiker hate.”

Daum suggests that the disapproval articulated by the American populace over the actions of Iranian imprisoned hikers Sarah Shourd (since released), Shane Bauer, and Josh Fatal is “so vehement that it lends itself to its own coinage and category.” That’s a stretch. The same kind of reaction framed the 2009 North Korean detainment of Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, and in fact the amount of vitriol that has slammed the hikers is on par with just about any other Berkeley-Biloxi dividing topic (Sarah Palin, abortion, take your pick).

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LA Times Columnist Gives Her High School Readers an ‘F’

LA Times columnist and author Meghan Daum (pictured) finds herself in a no-win corner when it comes to the emails she regularly receives from high school students asking for help with their Meghan Daum homework. She feels guilty if she doesn’t reply, and resentful when she does.

The problem is neither her hyper-accessibility in this electronic age or the idea of connecting with future great minds of journalism. Rather, it’s the general laziness of the high school students’ approach. Writes Daum:

I hate to say this because it makes me sound about 1,000 years old – but the sense of entitlement radiates from the screen. I have no doubt that these are lovely, goodhearted children with lovely, goodhearted parents. But with rare exceptions they seem to have missed the memo about doing their own work, not to mention the one about how to ask for a favor, particularly from adults they don’t know.

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LA Times Reporter Felled by Fleas

This morning, veteran LA Times reporter Meghan Daum shares Part 2 of her harrowing tale about how what she thought was a simple flu virus turned out to be a nearly fatal case of typhus. Transmitted via the nightmarish urban scenario of flea feces and infected, backyard rodents.

Daum begins by answering some of the voluminous reader e-mail that came in after Part 1. She explains why the diagnosis took so long and also assures that her case was an extremely rare scenario that others need basically not worry about being duplicated.

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Meghan Daum’s Playlist

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The New York Times Paper Cuts blog asks local columnist Meghan Daum about her playlist, and surprisingly enough, her responses are genuinely interesting and fun. Why doesn’t she write like this for the LA Times? Why doesn’t the LA Times do a feature like this? Oh, right.

We’d niggle that no way is Victoria Williams more interesting than Lucinda Williams, but Daum’s choices are far less predictable and pretentious than some of her predecessors, by which we mean Kenneth Goldsmith.

The Leader of the Pack–Meghan Daum on Roaming Dogs of LA

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Elfin Op-ed columnist, Meghan Daum, chronicles the class struggle as played out in her neighborhood of Echo Park–by dogs. In Saturday’s LA Times, she wrote about the gentrification of her neighborhood, and the dogs abandoned by their (presumably) Latino owners priced out of the neighborhood, as well as the listserv for local pet owners. She rhapsodized about the abandoned canines in a way familiar to readers of Rousseau:

But they had a spirit you just don’t see in dogs that are “privileged” enough to live behind secure fences or sleep inside houses. Freed from the emotional burden of being pets, they had been given the great gift of simply being dogs.

FBLA hopes she doesn’t have kids. Jenny Burman, blogging at Chicken Corner, about the same neighborhood, has a way different take on the dogs and their owners who post on the Alliance listserv. She writes

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