Sometimes the CIA or the director of national intelligence or the NSA or the White House will call about a story. You hit the brakes, you hear the arguments, and it’s always a balancing act: the importance of the information to the public versus the claim of harming national security. Over time, the government too reflexively said to the Times, “you’re going to have blood on your hands if you publish X,” and because of the frequency of that, the government lost a little credibility. But you do listen and seriously worry. Editors are Americans too. We don’t want to help terrorists.

Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of The New York Times, to Cosmopolitan. I’m Not Ashamed of Being Fired

In a Q&A with Cosmo, Abramson talks about life after the Times and offers good advice to young journos. For example:

I taught at Yale for five years when I was managing editor and what I tried to stress for students interested in journalism, rather than picking a specialty, like blogging or being a videographer, was to master the basics of really good storytelling, have curiosity and a sense of how a topic is different than a story, and actually go out and witness and report. If you hone those skills, you will be in demand, as those talents are prized. There is too much journalism right now that is just based on people scraping the Internet and riffing off something else.

It all comes back to storytelling.



You spoke, and I listened. I am pleased to say i have, in conjunction with Print Club London, had a variant edition of my Princess Mononoke print from the Blisters Directors cut show printed. The print sold out at the show and so many of you emailed and contacted me to see if there would be another edition or if any prints remained. So i decided that i would do a variant edition so people had a chance to buy something new and the folks who kindly bought the original edition didn’t feel cheated by reprinting it exactly. so i hope this print is sufficiently new and exciting but not too different.

So… we have a brand new colourway, a metallic gold ink layer and some new details to the image.

specs for the print are pretty much the same as before, 

edition of 40 / signed and numbered / 4 colours plus one metallic / 

release date TBC, price TBC. These will be available on Printclubs online store and my store as well..

Keep your eyes out on my Twitter feed and here on tumblr for details of release. i’d imagine next week.


To maximize its appeal to these new Southern voters, the Republican Party adopted an increasingly radical version of conservative thought and expressed it in increasingly harsh rhetoric. As liberals and moderates in the North and upper Midwest began to desert the Party, its Southern supporters became ever more important to it — which led to even more extreme advocacy and another round of desertions and defections. After 50 years, this relentless process of ideological purification has produced a party whose electoral appeal is almost wholly confined to rural and suburban whites, most of whom reside in Southern states. In the 2012 presidential election, the South provided 72 percent of Mitt Romney’s electoral votes. (The Party is still strong in some areas of the West and Midwest, but these sparsely populated states provide little electoral heft. Today’s GOP is essentially a field of kudzu combed now and then by stray tumbleweeds.)

This is the party of Georgia boy Newt Gingrich, who dismissed Kansas Sen. Robert Dole, an old-school Robert Taft Republican, as “a tax collector for the welfare state.” It’s the party of Tennessee’s Martha Blackburn, a House member who hailed the 2013 government shutdown because it would show Americans “they can live with a lot less government than what they thought they needed.” It’s the party of Joe Wilson, the South Carolina congressman who shouted “You lie!” at President Obama during a 2009 speech, and of former Texas governor Rick Perry, who peppers his speeches with references to secession and “states’ rights.”  This Republican Party shows little interest in the norms that have defined American politics because it has only contempt for the state those norms are designed to sustain.

Full of scorn for their own government, the ideologues who control today’s GOP feel free to disregard any limitation on their pursuit of conservative purity. The letter to Iran, and the invitation to Netanyahu, merely enact this principle in the realm of foreign affairs. The real concern of the Tea Party isn’t the modern American state, which it despises, but its own hermetic vision of the conservative “cause”– a cause that transcends national boundaries. Its adherents find it easier to cooperate with the leader of Israel’s Likud Party than with their Democratic colleagues in the American Congress. Tom Cotton’s dispatch to Tehran — or something like it — was the inevitable outcome of the process set in motion by Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. We should expect more of the same in the future.

I do not accept Rep. [Doug, R-CO] Lamborn’s apology for referring to the president of the United States as a tar baby…This “tar baby” epithet is just the latest in an intermittent string of racialized stunts, deployed in dog-whistle fashion—usually by folks on the right, to inject culturally divisive sentiments into an already vitriolic public discourse. Rep. Joe Wilson called the president a liar in the midst of a presidential address to Congress. Mr. Pat Buchanan referred to the president as “your boy” in an on-air discussion with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC. Fox News referred to the president’s 50th birthday party as a “Hip-Hop BBQ.” Many people (white and black) will not pay much attention to these veiled, high-pitched racial insults. As a nation, most Americans are more interested in economic stability and progress than this type of trite but not insignificant race baiting.

James Braxton Peterson

via NBM.