Category Archives: Journalism

TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT.

TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT. I would have thought that Tom Wolfe would win a competition for the heaviest user of exclamation points because he loves descriptions from the point of view of an excited onlooker. In looking for … Continue reading

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A RANDOM EVENT?

A RANDOM EVENT? I could not find in the journalism that I looked at the key fact in trying to assess what happened: What percentage of the players in the tournament were women? (I looked at a list of competitors, … Continue reading

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A CHESS SCANDAL—OR A RANDOM EVENT?

A CHESS SCANDAL—OR A RANDOM EVENT? Here is the background for Hou Yifan’s protest: She has won four Women’s World Championships and has a rating of 2651 that is close to the top 100 in men’s rankings. She had declined … Continue reading

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A CHESS SCANDAL?

A CHESS SCANDAL? Nick e mailed me this link to a story about how Hou Yifan, the best woman chess player in the world, had lost a game in only five moves in the final match of an important chess … Continue reading

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KIM KARDASHIAN—“THE AMERICAN WOMAN”.

KIM KARDASHIAN—“THE AMERICAN WOMAN”. Maureen Callahan’s story reveals the fact—surprising to an American—that Kim Kardashian is not that well known in France. When the Paris Police Chief was informed of the Kardashian robbery, neither he nor his Number 2 knew … Continue reading

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WHY CARLSEN’S FINAL MOVE WAS BRILLIANT.

WHY CARLSEN’S FINAL MOVE WAS BRILLIANT.Gaffney explains several other reasons why Carlsen’s last move was brilliant (a technical term; chess tournaments will award prizes for “brilliancies”). 1. At the tournament level, games are rarely resolved by checkmate. A players realizes … Continue reading

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YOU TOO CAN WORK OUT CARLSEN’S BRILLIANT FINAL MOVE.

YOU TOO CAN WORK OUT CARLSEN’S BRILLIANT FINAL MOVE. I have posted several times about Magnus Carlsen and his dramatic defense of his world championship against Sergey Karjakin. I had not looked at the last game and I had not … Continue reading

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THE CULTURAL DIVIDE ON PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING.

THE CULTURAL DIVIDE ON PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. It turns out that there have been a lot of analyses of the “heel” role that Donald Trump played in the campaign, as a Google search shows. Many of these analyses seem to be … Continue reading

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HOW TRUMP PLAYED “THE HEEL”.

HOW TRUMP PLAYED “THE HEEL”. Reeves quotes the wikipedia entry which describes the “heel” role: “…heels are often portrayed as behaving in an immoral manner by breaking rules… Others… exhibit unlikeable, appalling and deliberately offensive and demoralizing personality traits such … Continue reading

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HOW THE MEDIA PLAYED THE FOIL TO TRUMP’S “HEEL” CHARACTER.

HOW THE MEDIA PLAYED THE FOIL TO TRUMP’S “HEEL” CHARACTER. This article by Elspeth Reeve on the New Republic site in August, 2015 (after the first Republican Presidential debate) shows how the media—and I— misunderstood what role Trump was playing. … Continue reading

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