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By Marty Kaplan

October 6, 2014 | 8:45 am

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I wonder how Jiminy Cricket would have handled the æ.

Half of the articles in the Encylopædia Britannica are now available on its website for free.  They used to be behind a $70-a-year... read full article

  • Climate change will be the number one issue in the 2034 midterm elections

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 22, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    On the day after the Sept. 23 UN Climate Change Summit in New York, sunset will bring the High Holidays to Jews around the world.   

    On that night, I wonder whether the words of the Unetanneh Tokef, the troubling prayer at the heart of the Days of Awe, will resonate with news...

  • Brands make lousy lovers

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 8, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    What brand doesn’t belong on this list?  Amazon, Uber, Yelp, Hillary.

    It’s a trick question. They all belong. In recent days, they’ve all been making it harder for their fans to love them.

    I loved Amazon at first sight. Later, when it killed Borders, I forgave it, and called it...

  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2014 | 12:20 am

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

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  • The secret of Warren Bennis’s success

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 6, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Though the size of Warren Bennis’s obituary in the New York Times was epic – all six columns across, filling most of the space above the fold on the back page of the A section – its text made no mention of something about him I always thought inextricable from who he was and the...

  • If Norman Lear at 92 is what 92 is, I’ll have what he’s having

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 23, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    It is not widely known that Norman Lear and I have the same mother.

    Norman once called his mother in Bridgeport, Conn., and said, “Mother, I just got this call. The Television Academy is forming a Hall of Fame. And the first inductees are going to be General Sarnoff and Edward R....

  • Please manipulate me

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 14, 2014 | 11:53 am

    What do you call it when media try to manipulate your feelings without first asking for informed consent?

    Tuesday. 

    Example:  The average Facebook user sees only 20 percent of the 1,500 stories per day that could have shown up in their news feed.  The posts you receive are...

  • How to organize your books

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 30, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    It’s a sin to throw away a book.

    I don’t mean e-books.  If they’re cluttering your e-reader, all you have to do is delete them, and you don’t even have to do that, since you can pretty much fit the Library of Congress on a thumb drive.

    But physical books – the creepy retronym...

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