Daily Archives: 10 January 2007

Billions of blue blistering barnacles!!!

Tintin is every journalist’s “dream journalist”. (Or should be.) The comicbook-reporter is never at a typewriter, never files stories, never takes orders, and never gets sued. Yet he goes around the world and beyond, meets the Yeti, and even manages to have his dog Snowy with him all the time. 2007 marks the 100th year…

Seven rules for reading the newspaper

On Salon, Garrison Keillor has a piece on the seven rules for reading a newspaper. Rule No. 2 is pretty instructive on what journalists think is newsworthy: Take your sweet time opening the paper. You already know what’s in it, boss man, you only read it so you’ll know how much other people know, so…

Have news channels lost their balance?

ANANTHA SHENOY K forwards a forward attributed to “Ninth Dimension” that has been doing the rounds for a couple of months but still must be read. *** The body of Major Manish Pitambare, who was shot dead at Anantnag, was cremated with full military honours at Thane on Wednesday. On Tuesday, a news swept across…

‘Norman Mailer ko gussa kaisa aata hain?’

Indian writers and book reviewers lead such an incestuous, you-scratch-my-back-I-will-write-a-blurb-for-your-debut-book existence that it is always a pleasure to encounter the likes of Norman Mailer. The old man’s The Castle in the Forest about Hitler is now out, and Mailer has reserved his worst for Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times‘ resident critic, who has built…