Why Apollo Had Little Appeal for Auden
As Apollo 11 was heading for the moon, someone at the Times, possibly managing editor Abe Rosenthal, offered to commission W.H. Auden to write a poem about the meaning of the event. Auden had replied that it would have no meaning at all.
August 12, 2019
Bellingcat & Investigative Journalism Reinvented
The business of news-gathering is in the midst of an institutional and epistemic crisis—one that can only be solved by an unflinching commitment to truth and accuracy. Open-source journalism is here not to replace traditional journalism but to reinforce it.
June 10, 2019
Gays and The New York Times
If you were born after 1970, I think it is nearly impossible to imagine how it felt to open up The New York Times Magazine on a Sunday morning in January 1971 to discover “What it Means to be a Homosexual,” a deeply personal and beautifully written piece in defense of homosexuality.
September 25, 2012
Keller to Nuns: Get Out!
Former *New York Times* editor Bill Keller thinks it sounds shocking that he agrees with the Catholic conservative Bill Donohue, but he need not be disturbed. Some of us have long thought he was closer to Donahue than he pretended. What he particularly liked is the way Donohue argues that half of Catholics should just leave the church they pretend to believe in. Keller puts the matter even more punchily. He tells the useless half, “Summon your fortitude and just go.”
June 23, 2012