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Inside a screening of ‘The Inside Job’

In a cushy screening room on Madison Avenue for one hour and 48 minutes, I tried to maintain journalistic objectivity watching the documentary, “The Inside Job.”

It’s by Academy Award nominee, filmmaker Charles Ferguson. The film is a fairly clear and slightly opinionated view of how the financial system nearly collapsed in 2008. If half of what is in this documentary is half true, it will make you very, very angry. Look for a NTK interview with Ferguson coming soon.
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Disaster tourism

Five years after Hurricane Katrina and still in the wake of the BP oil spill, my husband and I decided to take our 10-month-old baby Declan on vacation to New Orleans. Spending our tourist dollars in the Gulf region seemed like the patriotic thing to do, and, as journalists, we figured we’d blog about the experience. But after arriving to find Brian Williams reporting live from the French Quarter, a CNN van parked semi-permanently outside the Café du Monde, and every tourist kiosk in town hawking “Katrina tours,” we realized that our time was probably better spent eating, drinking, listening to music and soaking up atmosphere rather than trying to find something new to say about the twin tragedies that have devasted this unlucky corner of the country. Still, I wanted to share some photos — of disaster, recovery, and my 10-month-old son posing with a bunch of drag queens.

Declan and his dad in the Lower 9th Ward. A day after the Katrina anniversary, the area was deserted — the only people we saw were a young couple from Florida there, like us, to survey the destruction, and an older man who biked in from another neighborhood to look out at the water where he used to go crabbing. Read All »

The trickiest plays

Sports aren’t for everyone, that’s for sure, but few of us can deny the brilliance of a really cool trick shot. Tennis ace Roger Federer has had more than a few in his day, and last night in center court at the U.S. Open, he did it again.

They’re calling it the “tweener,” which refers to the fact that the winning point came from between Federer’s legs.  Particularly remarkable is the fact that this is the second time that the Swiss phenom pulled the feat off at a major tournament. While the Internet is littered with examples of people pulling off some pretty amazing moves, from pretty much any sport you can think of, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing a trick play unfold during a real game when it counts.

Take a gander at some of the other big befuddlers from across the world of sport after the jump.

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Cy Twombly’s ‘The Ceiling’

Cy Twombly's "The Ceiling" Photo: Musée du Louvre/Angèle Dequier

The last time I was in Paris, I got lucky with the weather — think sun-dappled cobblestones and a magic hour that lasted for five, rather than the gray drizzle that tends to predominate in the city. Maybe that’s why I managed to avoid stepping foot into a single museum during my entire stay. Instead of enduring the tourist crush at the Louvre or the d’Orsay, I chose to people watch from my sidewalk perch at Café de Flore, sight-see on a Vélib and amble around happily in the Luxembourg Gardens. It was, in short, a week very well spent.

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