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Annie Leibovitz is Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf

NYHSLogoThere have been several excellent write-ups in the past week about “Pilgrimage,” a new exhibit of photographs by Annie Leibovitz running through February 22 at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library. The 78 showcased pictures follow a fall 2011 coffee table book of the same name.

Inspired by a bucket list put together by the late Susan Sontag, this pilgrimage saw the photographer travel far and wide, eventually focusing on the homes and personal objects of famous American figures. The Daily Beast’s Justin Jones spoke at length with Leibovitz, who explained why a shot of Virginia Woolf‘s desk resonates:

Woolf’s desk, shot from above, reveals every mishap it encountered — branded with cigarette burns and splattered with ink spills. “To me, it says that art and life are messy,” Leibovitz said of the author’s desk, which she described as one of her favorite images from the series and related to the financial troubles she faced and all of life’s upsets.

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86-Year-Old Man Dies Five Days After Authoring Daily Beast Article

DailyBeastLogoThe headline, initially glimpsed on its own, invites natural skepticism. It reads: “My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare.” But once you click through and read the sub-headline, there is absolutely no confusion or doubt:

Malcolm MacDougall, a prominent speechwriter and creative director, was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, his insurance company delayed and denied cancer treatments despite MacDougall paying his premiums. This is his story, in his own words, written five days before he died.

Tragically and incredibly, MacDougall wrote the article from Lenox Hill Hospital, in-between emergency tests and treatments for prostate cancer, following an erroneous decision by his health plan nurse to overrule a doctor’s recommendation. For anyone who has been mired in a health plan bureaucratic nightmare, the details are going to sound familiar, minus the terrible final price paid by MacDougall:

For example, when I asked the broker who sold the policy why my primary-care physician, Dr. David McIntosh, appears on the MagnaCare website listing in-network providers, he explained that I had used “the wrong code.” He said I had used the “099 code” instead of he “699 code.” Apparently, it is a very secret code because it had never been given to me. Subject closed.

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Fitness, Daily Beast, AP Make Changes

A few Revolving Door items for you today, involving Fitness, The Daily Beast and The Associated Press. Details are below.

  • Lindsay Funston has been named Fitness magazine’s nutrition editor. She most recently served as senior associate editor for O, The Oprah Magazine. Funston previously worked as an associate editor at Whole Living. Her appointment at Fitness is effective immediately.
  • Shane Harris is joining The Daily Beast as an intelligence and national security reporter. He most recently worked at Foreign Policy. Harris previously worked for National Journal and Washingtonian.
  • Krista Larson has been named West Africa bureau chief for the AP. Larson has most recently been covering the Ebola crisis for the AP. She previously served as an editor for the AP’s national and international desks. She Larson has been with the AP since 2001.

Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC News to Oversee The View | NYT Reports Loss

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The View to Be Overseen by ABC News (TVNewser)
The View is moving from the entertainment unit of ABC to the non-fiction programming group of ABC News. THR New ABC News head James Goldston, who will now oversee The View, announced the move in a staff memo sent out on Thursday morning. Goldston is largely responsible for Good Morning America’s transformation to a multi-anchor ensemble, which helped the ABC morning show end NBC rival Today’s 16-year morning-news ratings winning streak. He’s also responsible for remaking Nightline into a multi-anchor, multi-topic program in the wake of Ted Koppel’s retirement. HuffPost / AP Following the retirement of Barbara Walters from an on-air role at the show she started, ABC brought in Rosie O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez to join holdover Whoopi Goldberg. A new production team was named, led by Bill Wolff, Rachel Maddow’s former producer. Capital New York Still, after a strong first week, the program has begun to slip in the ratings. For the week of Oct. 12, CBS’ The Talk, which is clearly based on the format of The View, matched the program in two key demos: women 25-54 and women 18-49. Variety One of Goldston’s central goals, according to insiders, is to make The View more appealing to younger viewers. The show has fallen 10 percent in the last year among female viewers between the ages of 18 to 49, but it’s up 1 percent in total viewers.

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Reporter Reads About Himself in Alan Cumming’s New Book

AlanCummingBookCoverPresently, Tim Teeman writes for The Daily Beast. But back in 2010, his byline could be found in The London Times, and it was during that time that had a very large impact on actor Alan Cumming‘s life.

As Teeman discovered and recounted this week for The Daily Beast:

Journalists generally shouldn’t be part of the stories they cover. But today, sitting with Alan Cumming in the Union Square vegan restaurant Peacefood Café, it’s unavoidable. I am part of the story, a key one, it turns out; when I reached page 31 of The Good Wife star’s memoir, Not My Father’s Son, the color drained from my face when I discovered why.

“Isn’t it funny? You’re actually integral to this book,” Cumming says, taking off his lovely, fitted checkered coat and scarf and liberating a curtain of dark floppy hair from under a jaunty hat. “If it hadn’t been for us meeting and doing that interview my dad would never have told me — at that time anyway… and maybe not ever.”

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Mark Miller Headed to American Public Media’s Marketplace

MarkMillerPicMark Miller is crossing over from the print side to the public radio side.

Starting next month, the former Hollywood Reporter deputy editorial director and Newsweek-Daily Beast director of editorial operations will be installed as managing editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace. He will be based in the downtown Los Angeles office. From today’s announcement:

“As a longtime listener of Marketplace, I’ve always admired the innovative and smart way it explores and illuminates the world of business, finance and economics,” said Miller. “To be able to join Marketplace, especially as it continues to expand its reach digitally and through live events, and to be able to work with such a talented group of journalists is incredibly exciting.”

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Chelsea Hotel Extends Blondie Exhibit

You’ve got a few more days to check out the “Blondie 40th Anniversary” show at the Chelsea Hotel, curated by band members Deborah Harry and Chris Stein with help from art dealer Jeffrey Deitch. The collection of photographs, T-shirts and concert memorabilia was scheduled to come down this past Monday, September 29. But due to popular demand, the exhibit has been extended through next Monday, October 6.

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The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman recently checked out the show at the Storefront Gallery on West 23rd Street. He says a large part of the attraction is the crowd and people-watching:

The [Chelsea Hotel] staff have heard “countless” stories from gallery visitors of drug-taking, drinking and sexual relations back in the day “that don’t sound credible.” One lady claimed she had a “magical connection” to Harry after a video of Blondie played in a Swiss chalet she was staying in. Another lady pressed a gift into the staff member’s hands to pass on to Harry, saying she had promised to pass it on to her when they had a chat 14 years before.

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Chloe Sevigny Exits Greenwich Village

ShutterstockChloeSevignyA couple of fun media strands to note in Marlow Stern‘s solid Daily Beast Q&A with actress Chloe Sevigny, whose Amazon series The Cosmopolitans debuts August 28.

Shortly after departing SoHo restaurant Balthazar, where she had sat down last week for lunch with the reporter, Sevigny was snapped and her outfit turned into a Daily Mail summer item. Meanwhile, the woman whose personal New York scene was once celebrated in the pages of The New Yorker by Jay McInerney has made a decision on that front; one that some other media coverage didn’t quite prepare her for:

“[I moved to Brooklyn] two weeks ago. I just sold my apartment a year ago. After ten years of living in the East Village, I was on 10th St. between 2nd and 3rd, I was like, “Get me the fuck out of here.”

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Kevin Sessums: From Food Stamps to FourTwoNine

One great advantage of profiling a wordsmith like Kevin Sessums, formerly among Tina Brown‘s marquee writers at Vanity Fair, is that he can be counted on to deliver marquee quotes.

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Here for example is how he describes, to New York Times reporter Laura M. Holson, what he deems to be a signature Brown talent. Sampled after Sessums made an infamous remark about a Roseanne Barr VF cover in the post-Brown era:

He recalled being seated at a booth at the Royalton Hotel soon after when Ms. Brown stopped by. “‘I heard what you said about that cover!’” Mr. Sessums said she told him. “‘Oh! You are the Oscar Wilde of New York!’,” Mr. Sessums nodded at her. “That is her way of complimenting me and denigrating me at the same time,” he said. “She was really good at that.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: News Crews Witness Airstrike | Time Warner Stock Surges

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NBC News Crew Witnesses Gaza Airstrike (TVNewser)
NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a port in Gaza Wednesday. Mohyeldin, who was also caught in the crossfire as Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets on crowds in East Jerusalem earlier this month, called in to the West Coast edition of Today to describe what he saw, saying it was “a chaotic scene.” TVNewser Hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for Nightly News. FishbowlDC On Wednesday afternoon’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, the CNN host spoke over the phone with the Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview. Casey was located near where the strike took place. Mashable The four children were killed by Israeli airstrikes that hit in close proximity to al-Deira Hotel, a Gaza City hotel full of foreign journalists. The attack came at around 4 p.m. local time and appeared to be the result of a naval shell. At least two additional children were injured, according to local reports. THR The BBC has defended its coverage of the latest Israeli air strikes in Gaza among accusations that the British public broadcaster is too pro-Israeli in its reporting on the region’s escalating conflict. The conflict has been the subject of extensive BBC news coverage, but a prominent pro-Palestine group claims the broadcaster’s programs have been systematically “entirely devoid of context or background.” The Palestine Solidarity Campaign posted an online open letter to BBC director general Tony Hall criticizing the broadcaster for not illustrating what it considers key aspects of the conflict.

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