The New York Times has a nice story on my husband’s new project. Here are two paragraphs from the story.
Paul E. Steiger, who was the top editor of The Wall Street Journal for 16 years, and a pair of wealthy Californians are assembling a group of investigative journalists who will give away their work to media outlets.
The nonprofit group, called Pro Publica, will pitch each project to a newspaper or magazine (and occasionally to other media) where the group hopes the work will make the strongest impression. The plan is to do long-term projects, uncovering misdeeds in government, business and organizations.
To celebrate, here is a totally random picture of my husband and me.
Don’t forget to read the whole story here.
Here are some other good stories on his Pro Publica project:
And remember, children, you’re not truly important until some paranoid asshats hate you before you’ve even done anything. I like how this blog perceives the Macarthur Foundation (the “genius grant” group) as a scary leftist organization:
Speaking of the New York Times, no one there has responded to the extremely stern email I sent them them last week after they mentioned William the Conquerer in a story about … squirrels. I know! Why did they even have to go there?!
This squirrel story insulted one of my favorite queens, Isabella, by writing her out of history. I recently posted about her because I designed a necklace in her honor.
Photo by SquareMoose
Here is my letter.
It is incorrect to say that William the Conqueror was “the last successful invader of England” in 1066 (Squirrel Wars, October 7), although that is the conventional wisdom. Isabella of France, the estranged wife of Edward II of England, and Roger Mortimer successfully invaded England with a small army in 1326. They forced Edward II to abdicate the following year and ruled the country for three years as co-regents for Edward III, the son of Isabella and Edward II. When Edward III attained his majority in 1330, he overthrew the regency and executed Mortimer.
While Isabella was connected to England through her marriage and Mortimer was an English-born noble, the two of them met in France, obtained assistance from Count William of Hainault, and formed an army largely composed of Flemish, German and Bohemian mercenaries (see Alison Weir’s book Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England). This was clearly an invasion, not a civil uprising.
I knew you’d all be as outraged as I was. Seriously, what is the ish? Why doesn’t Isabella ever get any credit? Is it sexism? Or did William the Conquerer hire a superhot PR firm? Feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org and back me up. In the meantime, I’ll try to cheer myself up with a humorous history book.
Endy you look absolutely radiant – that gold dress is stunning!
That’s quite a plan! Congrats and good luck to your husband.
And I have to second it, that gold dress looks amazing on you!
In Yr Fshn says
First off, that is an incredible dress!
Second, your husband is starting a very admirable service. Journalism, as a field, is in such a weird place, that’s it’s nice to see people constactly trying new things for the betterment of society—not just to make $.
Third, you rock. The NYT was probably too embarrassed about the squirrel debacle.
Thank you for your nice dress comments, peeps. I’ve been wanting to post a photo of that scarily sheer dress for some time, and the one with my husband was the only good one so….voila! LOL @ IYF, from now on we are referring to “The Great Squirrel Debacle of 2007.”
Valley Girl says
OMG you’re gorgeous!!!!!!!!! That’s a wonderful picture of you two.
In Yr Fshn says
I wouldn’t be surprised if the TGSD ’07 makes it’s way onto the Daily Show.
The Narcist says
you are amazingly beautiful, and you’re hubby is quite the looker. I also can appreciate how you take the time to tell off giant newspapers!
Ashe Mischief says
You and your husband absolutely glow! What a beautiful, beautiful picture.
I’m quite intrigued as to the new news outlet he’s venturing in to, and will have to read the article in more depth when I don’t have to run to class.
At least you’ve kept some sense of humor about the Squirrel Debacle– how cute is that little history book?
wowza! that dress is absolutely stunning on you!!!! squirrels…haha…there’s so many squirrels running around campus (random comment lol)
i have to third…or fourth…you look amazing in that dress! and a great big congratulations to your hubby! what a fantastic project he’s starting. very admirable.
Congratulations to your husband…I hope it all goes as he expects. You are a stunning vision in that dress…I am jealous of your abs!!! as for the squirrel…well, I would have to agree with in yr fshn…..too embarrassed!!! Thanks for stopping by for a visit…I will be back.
3 Column Grid says
Hi Wendy! Congrats to your husband and partners on their new venture. I work @ http://www.nowpublic.com and we were very excited to see their entrance into the crowd-powered journalism realm. It will be interesting to see how the “big media” types will adapt in this new landscape, eh?
@3cg, it should be interesting!
What a stunning couple you make!
And, I LOVE the piece you made in honour of Isabella.
You are a true artist.
You look gorgeous, and your husband and you make a great couple. And congratulations to him!
Conrats on your husband’s new project!
You look amazing in this photo, the dress looks so great.
You and your husban are such a lovely couple.
before i dive into your links and read further….let me say you are a dashing couple! 🙂
good luck to your husband now and in the future with his project! And i never fainted when i saw you in that gold dres…it is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL on you!!!