Here and There
Some snippets that I found amusing or otherwise interesting while perusing Slate:
Buried on Page 30 of the National Enquirer is a small-type “apology” to the Desperate Housewives star: “A cover story we ran entitled ‘Teri HatcherÃ¢€”Amazing Bedroom secrets’ was based on an interview sold to us by an experienced freelance journalist who we now believe never actually conducted the interview. Ã¢€¦ Ms. Hatcher has never engaged in sexual relations with men in a van parked on her property, nor does she leave her child alone in her house while having ‘steamy romps’ with men in a ‘passion wagon.’ Ã¢€¦ We also published a story suggesting that Ms. Hatcher Ã¢€¦ had become ‘desperately thin’ and was ‘wasting away.’ Ã¢€¦ We now know that during the past seven years, her weight has fluctuated by only three poundsÃ¢€”a result of healthy diet, moderate exercise and a good metabolism. Ms. Hatcher is fit and looks great, and her healthy appearance is nothing new.”
And this preview from New York Times Magazine, Dec. 18:
Jody Rosen profiles Chip Davis, the man behind Mannheim Steamroller, a band mostly known for its New Age remixes of Christmas songs. Critics hate the music (Rosen calls it “fearlessly schlocky”) but America loves his blend of synth-pop and the baroque: Davis has sold more than 27 million recordsÃ¢€””more than Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, R.E.M. or Eminem.“[emphasis added]
I’d never have guessed that.