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Monday, September 17, 2021

Does going from this:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

To this:

Though I walk in the vale of death’s shadow

Represent the loss of soulfulness?

Robert Alter’s “The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary” is a more accurate/literate English translation of the original-Hebrew Biblical text than the familiar King James version. Along with being (or just seeming?) less lyrical, there was a conscious effort to strip Psalms of conventional Christian spirituality:

Among the most noteworthy absences from his version is the soul. Why Psalms with no soul and no salvation? Robert Alter tells [National Public Radio host] Robert Siegel that those are concepts superimposed on the ancient poems in more recent times.

Who figured the Bible needed a religious cleansing? Good luck selling that one.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/17/2007 11:45:11 PM
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So much for that. Two years after its launch, the New York Times is shuttering the TimesSelect pay-for section of its website, effective about a half-hour from now at midnight tomorrow.

I guess my endorsement of the business model didn’t hold up against all the lost traffic and ad revenue that comes from maintaining a content firewall.

The Times is, of course, giving the long-rumored move a cheerful spin, blaming only the dim prospects of further growth instead of overall stagnation of the service. Obviously, the Grey Lady is sold on the ramping-up of online advertising, seeing it as a bigger money-maker than subscriptions. That points to a more robust ad market today, because one of the main justifications back in 2005 for starting TimesSelect was the inability to make real money with Web advertising. It’s a dramatic turnaround, strategically.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/17/2007 11:32:43 PM
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Well, at least Dulles, Virginia still has an airport.

Because it can’t claim to be the home of America Online anymore. The Time Warner subsidiary is moving to New York City, with new headquarters just south of Union Square.

Why the move? Because AOL is morphing into an online advertising syndicate:

“If you’re going to be in the advertising business, you have to be in New York because that’s where all the agencies are, that’s where all of the media money is controlled, on Madison Avenue,” said Randy Falco, chairman and chief executive of AOL.

I’m somewhat surprised by the location. I’d have guessed Time Warner would have brought its online unit into the fold at the company’s massive Columbus Circle headquarters. I guess placing AOL three miles downtown lets it retain a semblance of independence, and a hipper neighborhood — which helps in advertising.

Of course, this is a continuing process of Time Warner subsuming the business entity that, once upon a pre-dot-com-bubble time, actually had been in the driver’s seat. I wouldn’t be surprised to see AOL get stripped of its corporate brand altogether inside of five years, to be replaced by the “Platform A” functioning unit label it will soon have.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/17/2007 11:07:16 PM
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hangin'The accompanying image is, in fact, a for-real advertisement for Manhattan Mini Storage, one of many socially-charged ads the company runs. I encounter them chiefly on the subway.

Edgy? Yes. Eye-catching? Yes. Appropriate? That’s for you to vote on.

Obviously, taking potshots at the Bush/Cheney conservative agenda plays well in NYC (along with digs at Paris Hilton and fashionistas). Any business MMS loses through right-wing offense is probably more than offset by liberals needing storage lockers for their overflow hookahs and tie-dye t-shirts and such.

All I know is that, if you live in the typical New York shoebox dwelling, you inevitably need off-site storage for your excess junk. That you’d rely upon freak-flag flying left-wingers to safeguard the results of your conspicuous consumption seems appropriately ironic.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/17/2007 06:36:22 PM
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