Thursday, July 19, 2007
Hmm. I'm an air-paranoid, and maybe the experts have learned something about asbestos exposure since 1989, but it was troubling to come across this quote from a NYT story about the asbestos-spewing steam pipe explosion in Gramercy Park in that year:
Even one day's exposure to fibers in the air can increase the risk of lung cancer, said Dr. Irving Selikoff of New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and ''one week of exposure is enough to more than double the lung cancer risk.''
Are we sure that, "For any commuters caught in Wednesday's blast, though, the health risk was essentially zero"? ... 3:27 P.M.
Will TimesSelect Go Jane? Is the infamous NYT TimesSelect paywall about to disappear? kf hears rumblings that the paper is about to abandon the whole misconceived project in which it has blocked unpaid Web access to its op-ed columnists. ... P.S.: The Times claims fewer than 225,000 customers pay the $49.95 TimesSelect fee, up less than 100,000 from what the paper was claiming in November, 2005. More get the service through their regular subscriptions. Meanwhile, the Times could use the ad revenue that would come from increasing the readership of the columnists (by making them free). And the columnists would like to have the readers. ... All this was quite evident two years ago when Pinch Sulzberger embarked on this folly, of course. ....
Update: Denials don't get much weaker than NYT spokesperson Catherine Mathis' to the NY Post's Keith Kelly:
"While TimesSelect is very popular and we have certainly met and exceeded our goals since it began in 2005, we continue to evaluate the best approach to our business."
3:23 P.M. link
E.U.Z. (Editor Until Zell): My impression is that John Montorio's tenure as features editor at the L.A. Times has not been considered a rousing success.The relaunched West Magazine comes in for particular criticism. Is Times #1 E.U.Z.Jim O'Shea really about to promote Montorio to Managing Editor, the paper's #2? That's what I hear. ... At least pompous media critic Tim Rutten isn't Montorio's consigliere! Oh, wait. ... 3:44 A.M.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I don't get Rufus Wainwright. What's he whining about? 8:47 P.M.