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WardrobeGate’s Coattails

From Robin Givhan's Washington Post piece about Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day wardrobe (and her fashion choices more generally): The bill... More

Bush’s “Eyes Shrink, While His Ears Grow”

Political cartoonist Daryl Cagle, in the (Midland, TX) Lone Star Iconoclast on "How to Draw President George W. Bush:" Another... More

Malia And Sasha…In the Plush

Crain's reports today the latest -- and, for my money, the creepiest, to date-- Malia and Sasha news: the maker... More

“Hope Over Fear”

Scanning (courtesy of The Newseum) today's front pages, of the headlines that include a quote from yesterday's inauguration address, "Hope... More

Bush’s Homecoming, Live (Only Fox News)

Only Fox News carried live last evening President Bush's arrival in Midland, Texas and his remarks to the crowds there.... More

Matthews: “Not A Political Marriage”

The MSNBC crew offered this commentary on President and First Lady Obama dancing at The Youth Inaugural Ball (4th of... More

More Mail For Malia And Sasha…

...that we all get to read! The letter this time appears in the Wall Street Journal rather than Parade, comes... More

The Inauguration, Through Matthews’s Eyes (And Lips)

A selection of deep thoughts from Chris Matthews, on MSNBC, on Inauguration Day (so far): Upon the appearance of Vice... More

Gerson On The Speech: “Cliched”

Michael Gerson, who authored President George W. Bush's first and second inaugural addresses, offered on Fox News this critique of... More

“A Similar Green Dress”

Already, Fox News tells us how we might "Get Michelle's First Lady Style For Less," suggesting "J.Crew has a similar... More

“Editorials Worldwide…”

"...pillory Bush one final time," reports Reuters. More

Scene From Afar

A selection of newspaper front pages from around the world today: More

Blitzer’s Beverage Speculation

Wolf Blitzer narrating the Obamas' arrival at the White House just now: They're supposed to spend 40 minutes inside for... More

Thesauri All Around

Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham on Fox News this morning: I do find at some point this over-the-top adulation,... More

The Presidential Bird

Bob Garfield, from Friday's On The Media: ...[F]or the past eight years this White House has mainly given the Fourth... More

Expect-acle

Expectations for Barack Obama's inauguration speech tomorrow are, apparently: "Monumental," CNN "Great," ABC News ""High", Detroit Free Press "Lofty", San... More

Mo-stess

Busy weekend for Maureen Dowd: Column to write; Pigs-in-blankets to heat up... The DC Examiner reports that "nearly all 400"... More

But Will They “Lure” Ratings?

"Inaugural Week Street 'Newscasts' Lure Onlookers," reports the AP, of the gawkers gathering "to watch network and local television anchor"... More

Government, Uncovered

"If the power of journalism is measured by its ability to spark anxiety in government officials, it’s hard to imagine... More

“This Business Was Too Gentlemanly”

Another New York Times piece on the business of newspapers: USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times,... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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