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Meditation at Work: Breathing Lessons

Posted March 9, 2011 | 15:30:00 (EST)

This happens to me on more days than most: I am in a meeting, or working against a deadline, and it occurs to me that I am barely breathing. I'm not holding my breath, but my breathing is shallow, my chest and diaphragm tight and withholding, like I'm conserving air;...

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New York Times CorrectionWatch: Style Wars

Posted April 24, 2009 | 14:43:41 (EST)

Welcome to the latest installment of NYT CorrectionWatch(tm), in which a minor blunder produces minor hilarity and profound self-flagellation:

Because of an editing error, an article on Wednesday about a 50th-anniversary edition of the book The Elements of Style misspelled part of the publisher's name. The publisher is Pearson/Longman,...
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New York Times CorrectionWatch: Brilliant Idea Was Totally Bogus

Posted April 13, 2009 | 13:53:05 (EST)

Come on, New York Times. It pains me (albeit, only a tiny bit) to have to point out once again where you've blundered, but I can't let this go. It's true, the Charlton Heston Obituary Debacle was embarrassing, but this one is just downright hilarious.

From April...

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The Bumbershoot Manifesto

Posted December 22, 2008 | 10:40:03 (EST)

The entire country beset by storms, umbrellas -- an at once brilliant (a little roof you carry with you) and unwieldy (given bags and winds and the inevitable presence of other umbrella-carriers) necessity -- explode across the urban landscape. In aerial view, any city in a storm
is...

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New York Times Obituary Correction Watch: We'll Fix It When We Get Around To It

Posted May 19, 2008 | 13:55:00 (EST)

Today brings even more peculiarities from the Department of Corrections at the Grey Lady.

An obituary on Sept. 14, 2007, about a photo historian and innovative dealer in photographic equipment misspelled his surname at one point. He was Fred Spira, not Shira. It also misspelled his given...
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New York Times Correction Tally on Heston Obituary Now Officially Farcical

Posted April 22, 2008 | 23:37:51 (EST)

Okay, far be it from me to obsessively follow the fascinating twists and turns of a dead actor's constantly changing obituary, but come on, New York Times. Now it's just embarrassing.

From today's corrections:

An obituary on April 7 and in some copies on April 6 about the...
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New York Times Violates (At Least) Ten Commandments of Journalism in Reporting Charlton Heston's Death

Posted April 10, 2008 | 10:30:27 (EST)

So Charlton Heston, actor & gun-lover, died on Saturday night. The New York Times ran his obituary on Sunday, and since has had to issue a string of corrections that are so ridiculous that they make one wonder who on earth is driving the bus over there.

This ran...

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MoDo's Inconsistent Mojo

Posted November 15, 2007 | 16:35:00 (EST)

I have some ongoing gripes about Maureen Dowd, but today's column, "Should Hillary Pretend to Be a Flight Attendant?," manages to sum up a bunch of recent studies about intelligent women and their attractiveness to men, young women's income superiority as a hindrance in dating, what men and...

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When the Soundtrack is Better Than the Movie

Posted September 27, 2007 | 14:28:56 (EST)

Recently viewed: Dedication, a weird twist on the three-act romantic comedy in which the dashing hero (the Hugh Grant character) is replaced with the attractive, mean-but-damaged OCD guy (Billy Crudup) and the female lead is replaced by an enthusiastically eyelined Mandy Moore. The plot is vaguely compelling, sort of...

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Confessions of a Would-Be Jewish Book Network Superstar

Posted June 26, 2007 | 23:09:39 (EST)

I'm still a little shaky from my two-minute dance with destiny at this year's Jewish Book Network Meet the Author event. Described aptly as "somewhere between JDate and a camel auction" in Rachel Donadio's essay in this week's New York Times Book Review, the night was one more in...

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