Monthly Archives: September 2009

First Amendment Wall of Shame

Brooke & Erin 4-22 If you follow blogs like War on Photography or Photography is Not a Crime, like I do, you already know of many places in the U.S. where photographers working “in the street” have been hassled, sometimes … Continue reading

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Elegy for a Wordsmith

Brooke Word via the NY Times that William Safire died Sunday. Younger readers may not know the name; older readers may recognize him as, first, a speechwriter for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew and, second, as one of the great … Continue reading

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Small Town, Large Ignorance

Paige 4 If you wish to read about a small-town frontal assault on the First Amendment, at least insofar as photography is concerned, consider this: Chief of Police Rick Oliva of Franklin, Wisconsin, is reputed to have said in effect, … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime in the Movies

Brooke In an attempt to distract from my current state of bachelor-like alone-ness, I went yesterday afternoon to the movies, specifically The Informant!, starring Matt Damon. The underlying story is one of the most significant corporate crimes of the late … Continue reading

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It’s All About the Money

Kat at Home 10 News that British Airways will be charging customers for reserving specific seats on its flights. Why stop there? Recommendations to airport commissions and airlines for squeezing every last cent from the flying public: Charge each car … Continue reading

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Libel Capital of the World

Olivia I’ve wondered how London achieved its distinction as “libel capital of the world.” Now an article in The Guardian explains — and it goes back to a British court ruling from 1849 which permitted a German duke to sue … Continue reading

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The Boos Heard ‘Round the World

Halley 20 The opera world was slightly agog yesterday morning upon learning that Tuesday’s Metropolitan Opera season premiere (and gala — tickets went for as high as $1,250) was greeted by substantial audience boos, at least insofar as concerns its … Continue reading

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Brooke on Fire 9 Super session with Brooke (above from earlier work) yesterday afternoon. Followed by sushi at Fuji-Ya, which was a treat (delicious special offering: sockeye sake — a sockeye salmon sushi that was sublimely tasty with a melt-in-your-mouth … Continue reading

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Olivia Again

Late Summer Afternoon (Click here to see full-sized.) The above from a fun, energized and wonderfully productive recent session with Olivia. This photo from the session (our third in barely a month) caught my eye as especially beautiful. As usual … Continue reading

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Critics in Never-Never Land

Erin at the Wall 2-22 This is the kind of art criticism/commentary gobbledygook that drives me nuts: Nearly each of [Kandinsky's] exploratory works from 1909 to 1914 — there are more than 40 [in the Guggenheim's exhibit] — is a … Continue reading

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