8 Phil Davis had spent three years trying to avoid being the story. The former Capital Gazette reporter had witnessed one of the worst attacks on a newspaper in American history. He had hidden under a desk in his newsroom as the gunman reloaded. He was there when five of his colleagues took their last broken breaths. And then he had returned to his job covering crime in Maryland as an observer, not a victim. But on a sweltering Friday in July, Davis, by then a reporter with the Baltimore Sun, had no choice but to be the story. Standing in a courtroom just feet away from the man who almost killed him, he told a jury about that harrowing day. "I had put it together that it was probably a shotgun, due to the type of noise that it was," he said, speaking clinically, precisely, like a journalist trained to cover the type of violence that suddenly besieged him. "So it sounded like, to me, that he was reloading two shotgun … [Read more...] about These mass shooting survivors were called journalism heroes. Then the buyouts came.
The new year brings plenty with it: new laws taking effect, fresh resolutions to improve ourselves, and of course, the looming threat of a third consecutive year marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. The latter is, of course, deeply concerning for the music industry, as artists who were already financially devastated by the initial lockdowns and quarantines put into place in 2020 are once again faced with the difficult decision to cancel or postpone shows. Fortunately, we still have recorded music to look forward to — even if we’re forced to enjoy it from the comfort of our own homes — and 2022 promises to bring plenty of excellent albums, from Wet Leg’s highly anticipated debut to the return of old favorites like Elvis Costello and even a posthumous Phife Dawg record. We’ve rounded up some of the albums we’re most looking forward to in chronological order below; mark your calendars accordingly. The Weeknd, Dawn FM Jan. 7 As The Weeknd wrote on Instagram last week, “Music can … [Read more...] about The Albums We’re Most Looking Forward to in 2022
A year ago, in the depths of the coronavirus crisis, before vaccines were widely available, newspapers and news shows were anticipating the worst January in American history. Meanwhile, I was off on the high seas with a crew of 100, in the "watery part of the world," as Herman Melville puts it on the first page of his 1851 novel, "Moby-Dick." In fact, we were all safe in our respective homes, meeting on Zoom once a week while reading Melville's masterpiece. But it felt like we were shipmates on an adventure through treacherous waters - not just in the book, but in the real world. Together, we encountered a giant squid, watched lightning and St. Elmo's fire crackling through the rigging, and caught glimpses of the snow-white whale himself. In "Moby-Dick," people of different belief systems coexist in adverse conditions. That was the greatness of the book club, too, because 100 different perspectives on the novel generated extraordinary discussions. Our group was a mix of writers, … [Read more...] about My pandemic book club changed the way I think about literature – and community
Margaret Atwood, pictured in 2019, was reportedly a target of an alleged scam to steal unpublished manuscripts NEW YORK - A mystery that has shaken the literary world for years -- the theft of hundreds of unpublished manuscripts from distinguished authors -- may finally be about to be solved. In New York this week, the FBI arrested Filippo Bernardini, a 29-year-old Italian employee of major publisher Simon & Schuster. He is accused of impersonating literary agents and publishers over email to steal unpublished works from writers and their representatives. The alleged scam had been known in literary circles for around five years with Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan and Sally Rooney among the novelists reportedly targeted. Bernardini was arraigned in court in Manhattan on Thursday after being arrested by agents at JFK airport the day before. He has been charged with committing wire fraud and identity theft between 2016 and 2021, crimes punishable by 22 years in prison. … [Read more...] about Mystery solved? FBI arrest suspect in manuscript theft scam
General Motors President and CEO Mary Barra is among the 16-person team on President-elect Donald Trump’s job creation advisory board. Dubbed the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, the rest of the members are other prominent businesspeople, including CEOs at Boeing, JPMorgan Chase, and IBM. The Forum’s chairman is Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chairman and CEO of investment firm Blackstone, which is also responsible for the press release announcing the group’s creation. The announcement said that the business leaders would meet with President-elect Trump “frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his plan to bring back jobs.” The Forum’s initial meeting is at the White House during the first week of February. President-elect Trump wants this group to help him push for economic growth. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from … [Read more...] about Trump names GM CEO Barra to panel on economy and jobs