Jane Mayer’s New Revelations About Fox News and Trump

Yesterday, The New Yorker posted a new, detailed report by Jane Mayer on unprofessional connections between the White House and Fox News.  It also appears in print in the March 11, 2019 issue. If you haven’t already maxed out your free online New Yorker items this month, you should be able to read Ms. Mayer’s article without hitting a paywall. Note: In San Francisco — and maybe other parts of the country — newsstand print copies of The New Yorker are running late.  Even if you’re willing to buy an expensive magazine in order to read one article, you may have to wait if … Continue reading Jane Mayer’s New Revelations About Fox News and Trump

The Donald’s Ghostwriter Speaks up

In case you missed Jane Mayer’s fine article about Trump ghostwriter Tony Schwartz in The July 25 issue of The New Yorker, a link appears below. When Mr. Schwartz was approached to write the late 1990s bestselling Trump memoir The Art Of The Deal, he had misgivings. However, financial pressure put his moral compass on hold and he signed a book contract which seemed generous at the time. In the article by Jane Mayer, Tony Schwartz describes his regrets and explains why Donald Trump may be the most dangerous U.S. President ever if he’s elected.  The reader is given insight into Mr. Trump’s … Continue reading The Donald’s Ghostwriter Speaks up

Music, For Good Or Evil

In May, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco reported that a Burger King restaurant was playing classical music recordings outside the front doorway to drive away homeless people who loitered nearby. Although the tactic may have been a first for that location, it has a history. This morning I picked up one of the unread magazines in my apartment, and found something on the topic of “music as manipulation” in the July 4, 2016 New Yorker.  Alex Ross has written a well-researched article which credits sources for further reading.  A link to his article, as well as a link to the … Continue reading Music, For Good Or Evil

A Critic’s Work Is Reviewed

I haven’t yet gotten my grubby little hands on a copy of Better Living Through Criticism by A.O. Scott, but it’s on the To Be Read List.  If I stay healthy and live another ten years, I’ll get around to it in 2026. Actually, it may be smart to move this book to the top of the list. Nathan Heller’s review in the March 7, 2016 New Yorker suggests it’s worth special attention. A. O. Scott is a longtime film critic with The New York Times.  His reviews tend to be based on careful thinking and observation, which place him above the mediocre … Continue reading A Critic’s Work Is Reviewed

Jane Mayer’s Excellent New Yorker Report On The Koch Brothers

At the end of this post, there’s a link to Jane Mayer’s investigative piece in the Jan. 25, 2016 issue of The New Yorker. If you’ve heard about Charles and David Koch’s supposedly progressive efforts to promote a kinder criminal justice system and wondered what they were really up to, Ms. Mayer has the details. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/25/new-koch UPDATE:  This is so embarrassing.  Just now I learned that Jane Mayer has a new book on the topic, titled Dark Money: The Hidden History Of The Billionaires Behind The Rise Of The Radical Right. Major oopsie on my part.  Major oopsie.  The book should have … Continue reading Jane Mayer’s Excellent New Yorker Report On The Koch Brothers