Pink Packets Make Some See Red

USA TODAY offers a review of Sweet and Low by Rich Cohen, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. There is something satisfying about a voyeuristic romp with someone else’s dysfunctional family — particularly when they are rich. It’s even better when the story is told by a disinherited grandson with a grudge, as is Rich […]

Ads On The Front Page. Outrageous!

According to the New York Times and the Poynter Institute, The Daily News is violating hallowed ground by running ads on their front page, a place typically reserved for editorial. Newspapers have long sold their back pages to advertisers. But the front page, a paper’s most valuable real estate, generally has been considered sacred. Last […]

Smirnoff Tries To Become Hip By Teaching Stuff

I kinda like this idea. The Smirnoff Studio is presenting free classes in music, art and dance at the Paul Robeson Theater in Brooklyn. You can learn hip-hop dancing or graffiti art or how to make music videos or things like that. I wish they’d take this idea on the road instead of confining it […]

Nornna, You Tube Celeb

NYT reports on the You Tube phenom Nornna. Nornna’s videos, which number in the hundreds, are hardly salacious. Usually she is doing something completely commonplace: making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, powdering her feet, missing her bus, watching television. Some videos of Nonna have been viewed more than 50,000 times. As her videos gained […]

Valleywag Dishes Silicon Gossip

With Nick Denton’s backing, 22-year-old Nick Douglas chronicles the not necessarily glamorous lives of Silicon Valley’s prometheans in his Valleywag blog. The LA Times reports (requires registration): Some techsters hope the site will undercut the image of Silicon Valley as a place filled with pocket protectors and taped-up eyeglasses, where it’s all work and no […]

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OMG!!! Franz Ferdinand! OMG!!

The latest MySpace “secret show” features Franz Ferdinand playing the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City today. To get tickets, MySpace users–okay, me–have to make the profile “SecretShow” one of our coveted “top 8” friends. Secret shows began in January and have included performers such as NOFX and the Watson Twins. Publicity for the concerts […]

I’ll Be Home By 11! Gosh!

Sprint will sell phones that can rat out your kids’ whereabouts. It’s the first service of its kind in the US. CNNMoney reports: The service lets parents look at maps on their cellphones or computers to locate their children who also carry mobile phones. Parents can also program the service to automatically send them text […]