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A Trip to Elle

When we arrived at the Hearst Building on W. 57th and 8th Ave., we were educated on the impressive features of this post-9/11 skyscraper. The environmentally friendly design, with its soaring diamond-faceted glass cladding above and its “Icefall” water-cascading sculpture … Continue reading

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Spring Term Festival sked

The Spring Term Festival will be noon to 2 p.m., May 18. Let me know by email which 40 minutes you’d like to be there to show our prototype and magazine-idea prospectus (4-5 students for each would be ideal). Noon … Continue reading

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Back in the South

There’s something about coming south on a train, especially the train that leaves New York and comes into Virginia bound for Atlanta and New Orleans. To me, it’s like the coming of spring, with its thickening leafy shadows and wild … Continue reading

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New York Gallery

  “[Manhattan] can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.” — E.B. White

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A literary journalist’s sketch of New York

Marshall Frady (1940-2004) was a Merlin of magazine writers in the 1960s and 70s, the son of a Southern Baptist preacher who combined his daddy’s gift for metaphysical oration with an uncanny absorption of Faulkner, Agee and other high Southern … Continue reading

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Alumni net works

With long blue pennants flying over the giant white tent pretty as a medieval fanfare, my heart swells for the glory of W&L alumni. Alumna, alumnorum, alumius, whatever, they’re all over the place for Alumni Weekend. What I appreciate is … Continue reading

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The Nut Graf

In a feature story, one technique is what’s called the nut graf. That’s the paragraph that gives a wider context or background, giving readers an additional reason to read the story  — besides the amazing subject being so fascinating. It … Continue reading

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Cover Art

The old Masters of painting may have been right about suffering, but magazine illustrators  got the American public right. The Taubman Museum, it turns out, has quite an amazing collection of old and not-so-old Masters that we got to see … Continue reading

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Welcome! We are only two days into this spring term, and already we have this blog up and running. We also have 14 magazines that you, my students, are researching, looking at whatever you can find about their past and … Continue reading

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