Tuesday, December 25

Paper or Virtual Elves -

It's Christmas Eve 2012 as I write this entry
or, as the Cuban Spaniards call it, Nochebuena . . .

Newsweek Magazine is saying goodbye to its print
artifact. And the Tribune newspapers are dropping the Associated Press.

Tribune is the parent company of the Sun Sentinel newspaper in the Broward County area, but it is not a local company. The Tribune company is based in Chicago.

Meanwhile . . .

The Miami Herald has just put up a paywall.

According to their website,
today their special holiday feature was:

It's all about the pig.
How to roast a pig, Cuban-style.

Their central photo above the (virtual) fold looked more like a Three Kings Day religious drama than an American-style holiday, but perhaps that's just quibbling.

The Miami Herald has a Spanish language edition which is reported to be doing very well. It also has an English language edition which is like an atrophying vestigial organ.

Locally, the situation is complicated. Many people in South Florida get much of their news from TV. Although many of them have so-called smart phones, a large percentage of the population seem to be borderline or completely illiterate.

I don't want to get nostalgic.

Have a Merry Christmas!

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Sunday, December 23

Browsing Around -

An informal chat
with writer Michael Chabon . . .

about some of his favorite pop culture this past year. He is currently engaged in creating a project for HBO Cable TV about a team of charlatans who are recruited by British intelligence to perpetrate deceptions against the Nazis.

# Toby Keats is the Paris reporter for a fictional American newspaper in the 1920s when he becomes involved in some kind of mysterious intrigue and a competitive chase for strange automatons. Peter Lewis reviews The Paris Deadline by Max Byrd.

# Maureen Corrigan shares her picks of the Best Mysteries of the past year with an emphasis on the female perspective.

# Tom Nolan shares almost a dozen of his favorite Mystery reads from the past year with a brief but effective description of each one.

# A Gothic Tale: The Beautiful Child by
Emma Tennant is reviewed by Frances Wilson.

# Alison Flood at The Guardian reviews
Harbour Nocturne by Joseph Wambaugh.

# Willie Nelson has a new book of memoirs.

# Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley,
Alan Light and more at Our Man in Boston.