The Reading Table

Hot Hot enough for you? Wednesday should be about 10 degrees cooler, says Philadelphia Weather.

Jen Miller at Phillyist finds the meaning in Craigslist each week so you don't have to.

Another blog heard from: Philadelphia Weekly's the Out-Of-Towner - just asks famous visitors "What do you think about Philly." (Old 97s heart throb Rhett Miller wonders what T.O. will do to the Cowboys.)

Why Sal Fasano is better than Alex Rodriguez. (hat tip, Enrico)

Dan Rottenberg - or Gene Roberts, really - on the trick of turning a Philadelphian into a newspaperman.

Yes David Byrne debunks the glory of record album art.

The man with the expense-account-to-die-for: NY Timesman and gourmand R. A. Apple on an amusing Bulgarian and other table-top adventures

Liberal bloggers to descend on Las Vegas.

Memories of the two CBS staffers killed in Iraq during the attack that critically injured network correspondent Kimberly Dozier. Update: Dan Rather's tribute.


Here's something you don't see every day -- a hopeful piece in the New York Times about the future of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

The beauty part? In it, owner-to-be Brian Tierney tells former Inky scribe Kit Seelye that he isn't sure what newspaper people are supposed to wear:

CarlkolchakWhile there is some fear of what one reporter calls "creeping Annenbergism," Mr. Tierney is looking for his own role models, studying everything from whether he should still contribute to the Republican Party (no, he has concluded, having examined the Grahams of The Washington Post) to whether to wear a tie. ("Is there a uniform for people in this business?" he asked.)

Tierney, you'll remember from this space, is the former PR exec who called on a homeless man last week at the news conference announcing the sale of the paper, prompting colleague Tanya Barrientos to comment that this was really a statement about how badly we dress around here.

My post on that prompted a phone call from a woman who retired from PNI in 2001. "It's nice to know that nothing's changed," she said. "That all our editorial people are still arrayed in their sartorial splendor." She recalled joining the papers in 1967, when there was a reporter - she thinks his name was Al Klempke - who "actually had a raincoat he wore from World War One."

Tommy_2 I will not dwell on the day I was working on the City Desk and looked down to realize I was wearing two different shoes. (Hey, we'd just had twins.)

Perhaps Tom Gibbons (right), cop reporter and clothes horse extraordinaire, can be coaxed from retirement.


Posted 05/30/2006 10:07:08 AM

Dan, You don't have to have had twins to wear two different shoes to work. I wore two gray heels to work some years ago, unfortunately they were from two different pair and the heels were slightly different heights. From then on I have only owned one pair of shoes in any color at any time. I also learned through trial and error to put an N in permanent marker on the tags of navy slacks and skirts because sometimes in the morning, especially in winter when it is dark, it is hard to tell navy from black.

Daniel Rubin
Posted 05/30/2006 10:12:35 AM

My wife once threatened to make me a button that read, "I leave the house before my wife is awake." ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR: Tacony Lou

Posted 05/30/2006 03:30:54 PM

Roberts' successors would be wise to employ editors who spot errors like Girard "Street" that slipped into the paper last week. ("Whatever," said the Valley Girl). Rottenberg's piece explains why so much young, local talent in His Highness's midst was told in so many words to take a hike. I can't wait to read the Toll Bros. gossip column.

Citizen Mom
Posted 05/30/2006 03:32:24 PM

From Rottenberg's piece: "Yuh kin turn a good newspapurman intuh a good Philadelphian," [Gene Roberts] once remarked to me. "But Ah’m not sure yuh kin turn a good Philadelphian intuh a good newspapurman." His successors ignore that drawled wisdom at their peril. --- My favorite part of the job interview process when I got a spot in the Inquirer's suburban correspondent program long ago was when one of the top editors quoted that line to me. This was after we'd finished talking about how I had grown up in Manayunk reading the Inquirer and wanting to be a journalist at 400 N. Broad St. So you'll understand when I tell you I want to vomit every time it's quoted as an example of Roberts' genius. I shouldn't have had to explain how untrue was Roberts' belittling assessment of the Philadelphians people who BUY the Inquirer, or how insulting it is Philly's homegrown journalists. (And people wonder why the rest of the local media are often so hostile to the Inquirer.) Still, I'm not surprised to hear that old Roberts chestnut trotted out again now. There will always be a group at the Inquirer who long for nothing more than to roll the clock back to those halcyon Roberts days. The paper could win a Pulitzer next year and they'll harp about how under Roberts they won more. A lot of those people are fantastic journalists. They were my teachers, and I respected them then as I do now. But that "it'll never be as good as it was under Roberts" always saddened me. These days it just pisses me off. People, the world and the Inquirer are continuing on without you. Gene Roberts left long ago, and he ain't coming back.

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Posted 06/17/2006 01:52:09 PM

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Posted 05/30/2006 11:09:52 AM

I see via Blinq that Philadelphia Weekly has a new blog: The Out of Towner. Its written by staff writer Cassidy Hartman and has photos by Jeff Fusco! Its basically a blog version of a section that is both in the print and the onl...

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