1."Out of Print": The New Yorker's Eric Alterman on the death and life of the American newspaper.
["Philip Meyer, in his book "The Vanishing Newspaper" (2004), predicts that the final copy of the final newspaper will appear on somebody's doorstep one day in 2043. It may be unkind to point out that all these parlous trends coincide with the opening, this spring, of the $450-million Newseum, in Washington, D.C., but, more and more, what Bill Keller calls "that lovable old-fashioned bundle of ink and cellulose" is starting to feel like an artifact ready for display under glass."]
[""Shotgun Stories" is as cool-headed as its characters are reckless. Not only are there no heart-rending flashbacks to Son, Kid and Boy's childhoods, but we also never even see a photo of their father. Son's back is covered with shotgun-pellet scars, but we get only a sketchy account of how he acquired them. The film is a here-and-now American potboiler and a stripped-down parable that can be appreciated by any culture."]
["Tests by Italian officials recently showed higher-than-permitted levels of dioxin, a cancer-causing toxin, in cheese coming from 83 of the nearly 2,000 dairy farms in the Campania region around Naples that produce the top-line buffalo mozzarella. Japan and South Korea immediately suspended imports of Italian mozzarella. The European Union leadership demanded explanations and scolded Italian officials Thursday for failing to provide adequate information."]
5."Struggle": From The Tisch Film Review, Half Nelson director Ryan Fleck's student short Struggle.
["Struggle was the Color Sync (intermediate-level) student film made by Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) during his time at Tisch. Working with particularly student film-y constraints (one location, two principal actors, very short script), Fleck is nevertheless able to turn what is essentially a scene into an insightful film; Struggle is a sharp critique of the exploitation (through art) of African-American "struggle" for the benefit of smug white pseudo-liberals everywhere."]