From the monthly archives: July 2011

Utility Shelves Ambitious Plan to Limit Carbon Tweet

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A number of articles by Tim Arango on the complexity and tragedy of Iraq and the American occupation inspired this piece, a charred newspaper in the shape of Iraq.       Tweet

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G.O.P. Bid to Void Light Bulb Law Fails The incredible struggle for the freedom to waste as much energy as possible hit a roadblock today. The New York Times reported that a Republican bid to overturn lightbulb efficiency regulations that were signed into law in 2007 by then President George W. Bush as part of […]

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Crazy that we are trying to produce better robots, while the butterflies are endangered…. hmmm Tweet

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A map of all the countries covered in today’s NY Times conveys the partial worlds that our media creates. Tweet

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In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer Today the New York Times cites a study by the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity that finds the Monarch butterfly population is dwindling, due in no small part to crops having been genetically engineered to withstand being sprayed with Monsato’s Roundup […]

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a heartbreaking story, by Andrew Kramer. photograph by Roman Kruchinin.   Tweet

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I spent today pondering how different my news consumption is depending on whether I’m flipping through the newspaper or browsing the same media source online. Paging through the traditional paper source means being exposed to articles and headlines I might not otherwise see if I’m clicking through webpages intent on hunting down specific information or […]

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An article by Ethan Bronner, with photographs taken by Rina Castelnuovo, discussed the role of a facebook page in helping Israelis and Palestinians communicate. While these countries are separated by a wall, small means of communication can diminish the physical barriers, creating a wall and border that is actually in flux. The piece above illustrates […]

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News of the World printed their final edition today Tweet

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sub-Saharan Africa is not on track to meet the poverty-reduction target “Using the latest poverty data available, the report says, sub-Saharan Africa is not on track to meet the poverty-reduction target. In 2005, 51 per cent of its population lived in extreme poverty (living on less than $1.25 a day), down only seven points from […]

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joyous moment captured by Tyler Hicks of NY times. Tweet

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“The cost is borne not just by taxpayers, but in the erosion of faith people have in those who protect and serve” Stories about steroid abuse and doping filled the pages of the national and local newspapers today. Between the Roger Clemens trial and coverage of the Tour de France most of the articles were […]

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Another hurrah to the last space shuttle, departing tomorrow at 11:26 am. The piece is a (fictional) map of the many orbits this last shuttle will take. On a slightly related note, a link to a galactic collector from Seed Magazine. Tweet

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News of The World Phone Hacking Scandal Given the Big News of the (Print) World, I decided to make a dot drawing of the puppet-master Rupert Murdoch in the WSJ hedcut style. News Corp stock shot up after the announcement that News of the World was shutting its doors this weekend. No doubt The Sun […]

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There have been a number of interesting articles on development in China, today’s article by David Barboza inspired this piece. Tweet

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Firing Up Tobacco Sales-Without the Smoke “As cigarette smoking continues to decline in the U.S., Reynolds American Inc. Chief Executive Daniel Delen wants Americans to consider new ways to consume tobacco.” Tweet

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I have been thinking about how we as a world society are somewhat woven, despite the contradiction that on one page you will see a woman just released from the hospital injured by shrapnel, and then turn to the next to see a beautiful ballerina without a care in the world.  I have been collecting […]

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In the only written statement that Mr. Twombly ever made about his work, a short essay in an Italian art journal in 1957, he tried to make clear that his intentions were not subversive but elementally human. Each line he made, he said, was “the actual experience” of making the line, adding: “It does not […]

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the end of space travel. more to follow. Tweet

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My 17 year old sister Alicia and I are holed up in a Ramada Inn today and I’ve surrounded her with a mountain of the newspapers I’ve been hoarding over the past few days. She gets most of her news online, but the print articles she’s been most interested in following are about the battle […]

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made in collaboration with robert glass Tweet

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Today was the Fourth of July so I decided to restrict my paint palette to red white and blue. Given the recent and continuing military actions the United States has been involved in, I decided to mix the three colors into a purplish bruise. The fireworks imagery came from advertisements in The Portland Press Herald, […]

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When I went to buy the newspaper this morning, I encountered this sign.   Tweet

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Inspired by a New York Times photo by Nadia Shira Cohen The United States boat The Audacity of Hope, docked in Athens on Friday, tried to sail to Gaza as part of a protest flotilla. Greece turned the boat back. Greece Jails U.S. Captain in Gaza Flotilla A judge contended that the boat, The Audacity […]

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A deliberately linear and inadequate oral adaption of the printed page. The New York Times Front Page Read Aloud In Its Entirety, 7/3/11 Tweet

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It’s July and I’m on a train heading toward a very short stay at a beach house in Maine for a family celebration. The environmental disasters of late, coupled with the inevitable increasing temperatures on the East Coast make me think the days of idyllic summers on the water are numbered. I wish I were […]

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An article on Van Cilburn, an American pianist, who won the adoration of Russia when he played at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 inspired this piece on music and the ability of art to communicate across political and cultural barriers. Read more about the man and his love of Russia, here. Tweet

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Although the images of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife fill our minds, the housekeeper is left to our imagination. Here, her image begins to rise out of the newspaper. This piece was based on the July 1st article on the Strauss-Kahn case, it can be found here. The photograph in the newspaper is by Stan […]

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The police and demonstrators clashed Wednesday in Athens during protests against austerity measures passed by Parliament. Markets rallied globally, but John Kolesidis’s front page photograph reminded me of tragic open water rescues, where rescuer and victim, in their panicked states, pull one another under the water and both perish. Government officials who are locked in […]

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