We were delighted when we went on Slate this morning and saw this headline: "Someone Please Take Away Roger Cohen's NYT Column." Yes, we thought, that's exactly what we've been thinking lately! If we ever bother to read that column, it rarely seems to have anything to say. So we eagerly clicked through the link on the Slate homepage and found ourselves at Jack Shafer's column. Uh-oh, we thought. Does criticism still count if it's made by Mr. Complain-yCurmudgeonpants himself? He who hates David Sedaris, Ian McEwan, and Michigan? What does it say about us that we agree with him? Have we really begun tasting life with such a heavy dose of salt? Is it time for us to self-appoint ourselves as public editor to the world and wake up every morning on a bed of crabapples, throw on our bitter pants, and view the world through our prescription grouchy glasses?
Eh, maybe it's just that Roger Cohen is pretty damn boring.
Roger Cohen is writing as badly as he can [Slate]
UPDATE: We just noticed that the sub-headline of Shafer's Roger Cohen column reads: "There's no excuse for his lazy writing." Which is funny, because his original headline for the piece was, "Richard Cohen Is Entitled to His Opinion," (emphasis ours). Yeah, lazy writing is the worst, Jack.
Download Sicko? Or pay $11 at Lincoln Plaza? Today, that's the decision you have to make, as Michael Moore's doc opens in New York exclusively (and streams online, not exclusively at all). The Weinstein Co. has predictably lawyered-up, while Moore seems to be wrestling with his feelings. We suggest that he — and anyone who's on the fence — watch the excellent doc Good Copy, Bad Copy.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, and so did Holtsville Hal on Long Island. But the only weather marmot residing in New York City — Staten Island Chuck — woke up, saw no shadow, and thus allows us to confidently predict spring will come early for our fair (if, granted, soon to be inundated) city. The good people at Gothamist provide the picture we've been looking for, and it reminds us — in case we've forgotten — that Brooklyn Chuck will never miss a chance for a photo op.
Early Spring, Says Staten Island Chuck [Gothamist]