New York Times Staffers Stage Walkout Over Contract Negotiations
Huffington Post with the story.
One of the oddities is that the Times, after working to combine its print and digital operations, is proposing separate contracts for print and digital reporters.
In a memo to colleagues, the Newspaper Guild at the New York Times writes, “Any proposal to dismantle the decade of work that has been done to unify the newsroom, securing its place as the world’s premier news organization, could be laughed off as far-fetched legal gimmickry. After all, that would be an act of self-immolation. But even if it’s not worth serious consideration, it has landed just we are heading at full speed toward a crisis over genuine issues like our pay and benefits.”
Three letters to the editor following the death of Maurice Sendak:
Mr. Sendak taught young readers about the cycle of life, the joys and threats of this world, and the rewards of being alive, in an inimitable way. (Neil Ross)
She came upon what looked like a children’s book, but the pictures on the cover did not look like anything she had ever seen. As she thumbed deeper and deeper into the story, she was transported with Max, and forgot about her world for just a little while. (Kristina Blake)
Parents of insomniac children will miss him greatly. (Christina Munoz)
Godard said, ‘To make a movie, all you need is a girl and a gun.’ I feel like I’ve been the girl. And now I want a gun.
The secret to playing these sidekicks, he said, was to approach the part “as if I was the audience member hanging out” with the star — a selfless job, but he didn’t mind. Sometimes the sidekick role was written for a white character, and Jackson played it without color; other times he played the white role as a black man. And sometimes those sidekicks were black characters, like Zeus Carver in “Die Hard: With a Vengeance,” which he was able to embellish with his electric flourishes. “Zeus Carver was the most like me of any character I ever played,” Jackson said.
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