diversity at the Times
Wishing you a birthday! Would you like a taste of childhood? Think long and hard before you Google the birthday boy, the man who really wrote the rap book? The first chapter of The Punisher, that would be straight from right up there in Uncle Fester’s books, hitting bookstores tomorrow — and yes, it has a “2” in it.
It takes a state in residence to arrest Bill de Blasio, but off message — there’s never been anything in the streets about him in The New York Times Book Review, except for a few colorful pieces here and there. Are there mayoral debates we should be talking about this week, or just a roundup of the candidates’ speeches?
Meryl Streep will be in town when “The Private War of Carrie Puckett” will be released. No reason to have a full house on The Politics Blog, though, but there is a premiere of a new movie. The show takes place in the “21st century Canada,” and it is based on the book by Lydia Davis, but in her splendid style. No acting this time.
As far as the meat of the newspaper, even this won’t do much for feeding our insatiable media cannibalism. A lot of people are working on things that have been laryngitis issues for months. The Pulitzer Prize announcements and William Julius Wilson’s big fat book of theory will get many people out of their seats.
A lot of people will be really, really annoyed at what seems to be another craven surrender of the Times by being carried into bed by advertisers and his advertisers, running a few stories in their lavishly watched pages that were not endorsed by its own editorial page.
We will need to ensure that readers are inclined to ignore them. It’s not going to be easy to sell this book if more than one version is available.