Sunday, August 29, 2010

Does Language Impact Experience?

The New York Times Magazine this week published a great article on language, revisiting the issue of whether your mother tongue affects your thoughts, impacts how you approach the world or informs your experiences.

The article was adapted from Guy Deutscher's upcoming book "Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages." It was pretty interesting and mentioned some of the points and examples brought up in the Economist article (on language difficult) I posted HERE.

Bottom line is that language does have some impact on how you orient the world and what sort of information is required or processed at a given point in any experience or conversation. Yet the conclusion remains that people are also fully capable of adapting, learning new things and reasoning outside their native language.

Check out the article HERE.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Persons of Interest: Tosh and Welling

The New York Times recently featured articles on two pretty interesting people. The first is Daniel Tosh (of Comedy Central's "Tosh.0") and the second is Tom Welling (of CW's Superman show "Smallville").

The Tosh article I found interesting because I recently started watching his show. He basically takes YouTube videos, put them on TV and comments/mocks/redeems those featured in the clips. It's hilarious.

The Welling article described how the actor decided to move into a new role of developing entertainment for television having spent 10 years on the CW sets and in tune with what that demographic is looking for. He's executive producing a new show about cheerleaders called "Hellcats."

Check them out here: Tosh and Welling

Monday, August 23, 2010

NYTimes Profiles: Perry and Fieri

The New York Times recently did profiles on two of my favorite people: Katy Perry and Guy Fieri.

Check them out here: Katy and Guy

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Paris in Film

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott reminds readers why Paris will always endure as the ultimate film setting.

Check out the article HERE.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Why Did Alex Bogusky Leave CP+B?

BusinessWeek did a short article and shed some light on why Alex Bogusky left the agency he helped catapult to the forefront of the industry. Known for breaking the mold, the team at  Crispin, Porter + Bogusky brought us the "subservient chicken" for Burger King and "I'm a PC" for Microsoft Windows 7.

Recently, Bogusky announced he was leaving his position as creative director at CP+B (or more specifically his role as "chief creative insurgent" at MDC Partners) to focus on his own endeavors.

Check out the article HERE.

Herzog & de Meuron Parking Lot? Yes.

A few weeks ago, the New Yorker featured an architecture review on a new parking lot in Miami Beach designed by the famed firm Herzog and de Meuron. They're also responsible for the "Bird's Nest" developed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Allianz Arena for football in Munich.

Reviews for the design were positive, though personally I think the project looks unfinished judging by the pictures. Their other work is really impressive so I'll have to trust the experts and maybe see it for myself one day.

Check out the article HERE. A short video clip below:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ryan Murphy Profile

The New York Times did a great profile on Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee (and Nip/Tuck) and currently making the press tour rounds as director of the upcoming moving Eat Pray Love.

Check the article out HERE.

Navy Building in Paris

The New York Times had an interesting article on what the French Navy is planning to do with their official offices now that they're in the process of relocating to a new facility.

Check it out HERE.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Future of Condé Nast in This Man's Hands?

Gawker recently brought to my attention the man in charge of Condé Nast's digital magazine development: Scott Dadich. Billed as the "savior of the company," Dadich first conceived of the Wired app for the tablet computer (see YouTube video below) and is now responsible for overseeing all of CN magazines' digital future, something I'm extremely excited about.

The Gawker post links to the New York Observer profile found HERE.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Confessions of a Sportswriter

Earlier this year (March 2010) I read a great article in Sports Illustrated written by Frank Deford on his career as a sportswriter. Deford is a prolific writer for SI and has published many well-regarded books on sports history. His account is sincere, insightful and really interesting.

Check out the article HERE.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rupert Murdoch's Empire

A while back I read a great article in Vanity Fair on Rupert Murdoch's media empire and the internal family dynamics of News Corp. It was written by Michael Wolff, also author of a 2008 biography of Murdoch titled "The Man Who Owns the News."

Really interesting stuff - check it out HERE.