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The Negative Correlation Between Obesity and Indebtedness

Michael Lewis says something very odd in his big piece on California and the phenomenon of overconsumption: The succession... More

Business Insider and Over-Aggregation

Henry Blodget has a long and detailed response to Marco Arment, which is fascinating to anybody interested in the nuts... More

Adventures With E-books, Kindle Single Edition

Ryan Avent’s 90-page Kindle single, The Gated City, is a bargain at $1.99. It was produced in close consultation with... More

More On Why I’m Talking About Tim Cook’s Sexuality

Every so often I put a blog post up, start getting feedback on it, and realize I’ve got things horribly... More

Why Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Sexuality Is News

Tim Cook is now the most powerful gay man in the world. This is newsworthy, no? But you won’t find... More

Steve Brill’s Blinkered View of Education

If you don’t have the time or inclination to read Steve Brill’s book on education reform, then his bombastic op-ed... More

Hewlett-Packard and the M&A Scoop

The death of the M&A scoop is going to happen slowly, but frankly it should happen as quickly as... More

Matt Taibbi vs. the SEC

Rolling Stone gets no credit from most of the press for a huge scoop

Matt Taibbi’s 5,000-word expos√© of the SEC’s document-shredding is a magnificent piece of journalism, and is the first and last... More

Why the NYT Paywall Isn’t Like the FT’s

Fred Wilson has nice things to say about my analysis of the NYT paywall—thanks, Fred!—but it’s worth teasing out one... More

How the NYT Paywall Is Working

When I wrote about the success of the NYT paywall last month, I got a lot of pushback in... More

Feces, Fascists, and Michael Lewis

A flop from the best writer in financial journalism

Kevin Drum doesn’t think much of Michael Lewis’s latest European dispatch for Vanity Fair — and neither do I. There’s... More

The New York Times Paywall Is Working

Back in April, I was very skeptical that The New York Times would achieve its leaked goal of getting 300,000... More

The Murdochs and the MPs

Survival, but no one is taking their answers at face value.

The biggest surprise for me, at the Murdoch hearings today, was the lack of political theater and crocodile tears of... More

The Real Rupert Murdoch Exposed

The single most important task facing Rupert Murdoch right now is to persuade the world that the illegal goings-on in... More

What Damage Could Rebekah Brooks Do to News Corp.?

The implosion of the News of the World, and of News Corp.’s bluster surrounding hacking and bribery allegations, comes less... More

How’s Seeking Alpha’s Pay-Per-Pageview Experiment Working?

Seeking Alpha's David Jackson has given David Kaplan some hard numbers on how its pay-per-pageview program is getting along after... More

The State of the Blog

Felix Salmon Talks to Alexis Madrigal

I’ve felt for a while now that the kind of blogging I do — one person writing a series... More

Nocera vs Sorkin, Bank Capital Edition

One of the consequences of Joe Nocera's move to the NYT op-ed page is that his column now appears on... More

Dealbook’s Goldman Debate

It’s the big Dealbook debate! In the red corner, there’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, defending Goldman Sachs from Senator Carl Levin’s... More

Gawker’s Rebound

It's been more than six months since sales chief Chris Batty left Gawker Media as Nick Denton decided he was... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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