From the monthly archives: July 2011

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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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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“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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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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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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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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33rd president of the the United States, 33rd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, Trinity site, Hiroshima, & Nagasaki all along the 33rd northern parallel. “Art has sometimes attacked this disconnect: see Warhol’s “Atomic Bomb,” Takashi Murakami’s skull-faced plume and the ending montage of “Dr. Strangelove.”And photography has done the same, in the form of once-classified […]

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