$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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!