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The curious case of criticism

By Marty Kaplan

January 23, 2014 | 2:29 pm

Michiko Kakutani

What do you say to a friend whose work has been panned by a critic?

Until I actually read it, I was thrilled to see a review of the new book by an author I’ve known since college on the... read full article

  • Christie’s Weiner

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 13, 2014 | 10:38 am

    I did not have sex with that bridge.

    That was Chris Christie’s Hail Mary play at his press conference last week.  He looked us in the eye, he told us he’d done nothing wrong and he prayed it would turn out better for him with George Washington than it did for Bill Clinton with...

  • Confessions of an ex-hoarder

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

    I’ve run out of excuses for hanging on to stuff.

    No, I haven’t achieved Zen non-attachment to material things, but I’m no longer on the road to “Hoarding: Buried Alive.”

    It was easiest to get rid of the piles of unread magazines.  Those now get the heave-ho every few months....

  • Mary Poppins does not come back

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 4, 2013 | 10:07 am

    I knew better than to expect P.L. Travers to write something sweet in my copy of Mary Poppins, but I didn’t think it would be quite so medicinal. 

    It was 1988, and I’d been a vice president at Disney for two years.  From the time I got there, studio president Jeffrey Katzenberg...

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  • Iran no-spoiler alert

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 25, 2013 | 10:36 am

    So where are we in the Iran narrative?

    I mean no disrespect to the victims of Iran’s terrorist clients, or the existential fears of Israelis and world Jewry, or U.S. security interests in the Middle East by calling it a narrative. Real events do happen in the real world, but...

  • The Obamacare Apocalypse

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 11, 2013 | 10:32 am

    Last week, a professor of physics and astronomy told the New York Times that the probability of an asteroid hitting the earth ----  it happened over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February, with the energy of 30 Hiroshimas ----  isn't once in a century or two, it's once in a decade or...

  • No news is bad news

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 28, 2013 | 11:54 am

    If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and -poor.

    Earlier this year, a Harvard economist’s jaw-dropping study of American’s beliefs about the distribution of...

  • Textism: Is spelling over?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 9, 2013 | 10:28 am

    f u cn rd ths, u cn bcm a sec & gt a gd jb w hi pa.

    You can tell that’s not a text message.  When secretaries were getting good jobs for high pay, no one was texting.

    Those School of Speedwriting ads were everywhere in New York in the 1950s and ’60s, and in New Jersey, where I...

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