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The Price of this Weekend’s Times Magazine Cover Story

Posted in print by tipo on August 29, 2009


$400,000.  Gerald Marzorati, editor of the Times Magazine, slightly exaggerated the cost because 400G would have been the price if solely Times staff writers created the 13,000-word investigation of the New Orleans hospital where patients were brought to during Hurricane Katrina.  Instead, reporter Sheri Fink began working on the project in 2007 as a fellow at the Kaiser Foundation and stayed until the investigation was finished and she began collaborating with Times editors.  Fink got paid a little under 45G for her work; however, this was a rare occasion for cheap, hard journalism.  Apparently, The New York Times’ Baghdad bureau costs $3 million a year, while The Washington Post’s drains $1 million; The Miami Herald’s audit of the 2000 presidential election results in Florida put the paper out $850,000.

The question then becomes how today’s news outlets justify the cost.  Does a million page views make the high price ok?  Impact?  Buzz?  Twitter sentiment?  How many sites and blogs repost the article?

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Kia Presents The Soul Collective

Posted in events, music by tipo on August 27, 2009


Spike Jonze: The First 80 Years at the MoMA

Posted in events by tipo on August 24, 2009

MoMA presents the first-ever exhibition to focus on Spike Jonze, celebrating his work as a director, producer, cinematographer, writer, actor, choreographer, and sometime stuntman.  Included works are Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Jackass: The Movie, Heavy Metal in Baghdad, and his music vieos for Björk, Fatboy Slim, Weezer, Beastie Boys, Wax, The Notorious B.I.G., and so much more.  

October 8–18, 2009
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, MoMA

Simply rad.

Posted in video by tipo on August 23, 2009

Award for the Weirdest Restaurant Theme goes to

Posted in Out Of This World by tipo on August 23, 2009


Modern Toilet in Taipei, Taiwan.  It has a modern decor of a full-on toilet theme.  Seats are toilet bowls and dishes are served in mini toilets and tubs.  Word to the wise, don’t get the chicken curry.  Gotta love Sunday morning’s with the Travel Channel.

Wish You Were Here Pop-Up Opening Today

Posted in events by tipo on August 22, 2009


If you can’t make it to London this summer, check out Wish You Were Here. The temporary Lower East Side shop is selling London boutique goods – Beyond the Valley, Twenty8Twelve, Chateau Roux, Concrete – until Sunday, September 13.  186 Orchard Street, Lower East Side.

Spike Lee’s Brooklyn Block Party Next Saturday

Posted in events by tipo on August 18, 2009


In honor of Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday, Spike Lee is organizing a party at Fort Green Park.  DJ Spinna will be playing MJ all day long.  More details here.

Tonight Save Cinema Nolita Benefit

Posted in events by tipo on August 17, 2009

The Virgins in Concert+ Animal Collective DJ Set with AVEY TARE, GEOLOGIST & DEAKIN

Monday, August 17th – $20
Doors open at 8 PM. Show starts at 8:45.

Santos Party House
100 Lafayette St, NYC

Modern Day Andy Warhol Screentest

Posted in Uncategorized by tipo on August 16, 2009

Fashion designer Adam Kimmel commissioned artist Gerard Malanga to shoot an Andy Warhol-esque screentest.  Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen, A-Ron, Nate Lowman and many others are the subjects.  Watch!

We Live in Public

Posted in film by tipo on August 9, 2009

The documentary examines how the Internet affects society by filming the director’s life 24/7 for six months.  It opens August 28 at IFC Center.