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Thursday, June 13, 2002


Yesterday at about 5:45, as the sunlight turned that late-afternoon gold and the kids jumped around in the surf, I arrived at that point of relaxation to which you want a vacation to take you. Earlier we had rented a boat at the Bohicket marina and watched the dolphins in the North Edisto River. After dinner, Elijah and I went for a bike ride. It was pretty damn great.

It would not be entirely accurate to say I have done nothing today, because I did read the last 150 pages of Bill Bryson's excellent book, A Walk in the Woods, and I helped my niece Lauren find some facts online for her school project, and, um, I scheduled a golf lesson for tomorrow. Also, I have eaten about three meals. And it's only 3:35! Who knows what else I might accomplish.

3:44:34 PM   comment []  

RIP Rolling Stone

So Rolling Stone is going to be a "laddie" book. Not that anyone has read it in years--that's why the former visionary Jann Wenner is making the change--but it's still kind of a shame. The new editor, one Ed Needham, late of a deliberately dumb mag called FHM, doesn't share the blogging ethos--he doesn't see the Web as a writer's medium. "Television, movies, the Internet, they're all visual mediums, and I don't think people have time to sit down and read," he told the New York Times.

Wrong, at least about the Internet. Needham may make zillions for the odious Wenner--but reading and writing are empowered by the Web, not endangered by it. Sure, the Web does make it easy to find pics of Britney--so why buy Rolling Stone for them?

I picked up an RS this spring, when an airport shop had nothing else to read, and found a brilliant article by TD Allman on our failed drug war in Colombia (I couldn't find the link on the RS site--hmm, what does that tell us?). Print magazines are great for that kind of long-form journalism. Or at least they used to be.

9:15:21 AM   comment []  

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