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V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010

Books

A novel about the newsroom

Journalism may be a dying art, but novelist Tom Rachman breathes life back into the newsroom in The Imperfectionists, his debut novel. But don’t be mistaken; journalism has never seemed more unappealing than in Rachman’s chronicle of misfits. The book is set in Rome, the site of an international English-language newspaper, which was founded in the 1950s for mysterious reasons. Now, long past its heyday, the paper is host to a bevy of characters who limp along in their work and in their personal lives.

Each chapter is devoted to a particular character and member of the staff. Some of them include copy editor Ruby Zaga, who hides from her loneliness in hotel rooms, Editor-in-chief Kathleen Solson, a woman dealing with her husband’s infidelity, and publisher Oliver Ott, a recluse with an obsession with his dog.

The novel is all about character development, and Rachman’s portrayal of each journalist allows the reader to piece together an image of the quirky newsroom. The character development extends to the paper itself—the chapters are interspersed with flashbacks from the beginnings of the publication, when it was a bit more glamorous. Finally, the fate of the paper is revealed in the last chapter, along with why it was founded in the first place. Read the New York Times Sunday Book Review right here.

V.19 No.29 |
Photo by Geneva Collins; Copyright © 2001 Current Publishing Committee

News

Daniel Schorr dead at 93

The fearless journalist who famously made Richard Nixon's shit list—and leaked the Pike report to the Village Voice when his then-employer CBS was too scared to run with it—is dead at age 93. He never backed down. The world needs more guys like him.

V.19 No.25 |

News

The Daily Word 06.28.10: Gun laws, free speech, oil spill

The Daily Word

Labor unions support immigration reform as a result of Arizona's oppressive law.

Insipid South African reporter babe Lara Logan insults Michael Hastings and demonstrates the current wackness of journalism.

U.S. Supreme Court protects the right to bear arms.

NM police can make DUI arrests based solely on third-party tips.

Oil washes ashore in Biloxi causing tourists to flee, and a tropical storm complicates matters.

FDIC closes a failed NM bank.

Is the world entering a "third depression?" Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman thinks so.

Chinese government claims to support free speech, bans soldiers from using social media.

An amazing nineteenth century tale of a couple's escape from slavery—it involves gender bending.

The Cooking Channel "boasts a worldly feel, not unlike the international aisle at Safeway."

Learn to make cooling gazpacho and variations thereof.

See beautiful beaches, scorn the desert.

East Mountain residents (including bears) should be bear aware.

Lindsay Lohan is to star in a graphic non-porno about porno.

Vince Neil arrested, apparently didn't learn his lesson when he killed that guy from Hanoi Rocks.

Weather: Possible rain today, regular/hot throughout the rest of the week.

V.19 No.11 | 3/18/2010

Shameless Self-Promotion

The Alibi Wins 7 First-Place New Mexico Press Women Awards

Competing against newspapers across the state, the Weekly Alibi swept the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest with 9 awards. The Alibi's food writing, arts and entertainment coverage, news reporting, features, columns and editing were chosen as superlative in New Mexico.

Seven of the entries are first-place winners and will go on to the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest, where they'll square off against every other Press Women chapter in the country. (The NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men in the press and media fields.) We expect to do well there, as we've done every year that we've entered.

Here's a list of the Alibi's winners:

First Place: News reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Enterprise reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Feature story, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Section edited by entrant, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux

First place: Publications regularly edited by entrant, Laura Marrich

First place: Single page regularly edited by entrant – Lifestyle or Entertainment, Laura Marrich

Second Place: Columns, Alex Limkin

Third Place: Arts and Entertainment articles, Erin Adair-Hodges

Today's Events

A documentary film by Katrina Parks, followed by a Q&A with Dean Staley of KRQE TV.

Purpose, Passions and Possibilities at Institute of American Indian Arts

Youngsville • country, folk at Marble Brewery Westside Tap Room

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