The danger here is that philanthropy has given the moneyed class the potential to exert a new pull on journalism. And in a world where the lines between private money and government continue to blur, serious journalism must resist that pull and guard its independence—with business prowess, rigorous cost efficiency, and by spreading wide the donor base.
A.J. Liebling’s famous formulation, “freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one,” has a different ring today. An expensive press is no longer necessary; he who owns the publication has the freedom, something more possible than ever as developments in digital publishing and distribution have removed costs traditionally associated with print journalism.
“I was dismayed by the number of people who stayed,” said Sam DeLily, 23, from the New York borough of Queens. “I was disappointed that more people didn’t realize we’d need a show of support last night more than ever.”
Less than two dozen people stuck around. And those that did essentially couldn’t sleep. ”They woke us when we tried to sleep,” DeLily said. “It wasn’t 100 percent consistent. Some (people) got an hour, some got two minutes.”
“Tonight at 6:00 writers and readers from across New York City will gather in Liberty Plaza to reoccupy the space and rebuild the People’s Library. Authors will bring their books, readers will bring their favorite books to donate and together we will rebuild to create the revolution this country needs.”—
Fed up with a decade of police spying on the innocuous details of the daily lives of Muslims, activists in New York are discouraging people from going directly to the police with their concerns about terrorism, a campaign that is certain to further strain relations between the two groups.
What do you look for in a new voice? Also, what have you found to be the usual pitfalls in a first novel?
Well, what I look for… it’s hard to put your finger on something like that. I mean just somebody who uses language in an interesting way and has a unique way of doing it. It’s all about voice really. When you read someone that has a really interesting voice and has something interesting to say… It’s instinctual really.
But there’s so much good work out there right now. It’s such a fucking renaissance. I mean, you’re too young to realize it, and all that, but really I’ve never seen anything like this, so many interesting writers coming up at the same time and with all these presses to support them. It’s totally a historical time.
No kidding, would you mind giving some shout outs, some writers for our readers to check out?
There’s so many. I wouldn’t know where to start. I mean there’s Blake and Justin and Shane Jones and Amelia Gray, Kate Zambreno. I could just go on and on, it seems like I’m constantly getting, some book in the mail from some new writer and I’m like, “Christ here’s another one that’s really good.”
Mr. Cooper will be at McNally Jackson tonight (with Eileen Myles!) and the PowerHouse Arena tomorrow night. Recommended!
“In her mid-40s now, she’s exotically pretty, with the figure to show off a couple of spectacular concert gowns: A slinky column of iridescent black sequins and a billowy white silk caftan very like Elizabeth Taylor’s wardrobe in Boom! More to the point, perhaps, the voice is in firm fettle for a lyrical soprano who’s been singing for a quarter century. She never has been a sensitive stylist; her phrasing seems mostly to be made up on the fly based on how big a breath she just took and how a high note sounds when she attacks it. But she does have a different set of virtues. The voice is in itself fascinating, not as intrinsically sweet as, say, Fleming’s or Leontyne Price’s, but more complex, with a smoky quality on the soft high notes that somehow evokes a Proustian sense of regret.”—James Jorden on Angela Gheorghiu in the Opera Orchestra of New York’s Adriana Lecouvreur.