Sunday, November 12, 2017

The New Yorker's Richard Broday Analyzes New Louis C.K. Movie


The New Yorker film critic Richard Brody takes a very tough line on the new and still-unreleased film by the comedian Louis C.K. The New York debut of the film, "I Love You, Daddy," was cancelled after the New York Times published about C.K.'s harassment of women. Brody had seen the film and wrote a detailed analysis of it in his blog for the magazine. He wrote,

On Friday morning, the film distributor The Orchard announced that it was cancelling the release of Louis C.K.’s new movie, “I Love You, Daddy,” in light of a Times story, published on Thursday, in which five women described C.K.’s past sexual misconduct. (In a statement released after the Times story came out, C.K. acknowledged that the allegations are true.) The decision to cancel the release of the film is welcome; ”I Love You Daddy”—which Louis C.K. directed, edited, wrote, and stars in—is a disgusting movie that should never have been acquired for distribution in the first place. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Peter Elkind Joins ProPublica to Cover Trump's Administration and Business


After 20 years at Fortune Magazine, writer Peter Elkind is joining ProPublica as a senior reporter covering the Trump Administration and President Trump's business activities. ProPublica, which describes itself as an independent and nonprofit newroom producing investigative journalism in the public interest, made the announcement on July 6, 2017. Elkind is joining ProPublica with another writer for Fortune, Nick Varchaver. A ProPublica statement said,

Elkind most recently worked at Fortune, where he was a writer for 20 years. His work there included investigations into how Apple CEO Steve Jobs concealed his bout with pancreatic cancer; how Tesla chief Elon Musk played states against each other to win an epic $1.4-billion economic-development package; and how a cyber-invasion brought Sony Pictures to its knees – and why Sony should have seen it coming. Before Fortune, Elkind worked at Texas Monthly and the Dallas Observer. 
In recent months, Elkind has contributed stories to ProPublica about former FBI director James Comey’s handling and misstatements about the Clinton email investigation in congressional testimony, and a former nurse and suspected serial killer of babies who Texas authorities are trying to keep behind bars. 
In addition to his magazine work, Elkind co-authored the national bestseller The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron and has written two other books, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer and The Death Shift: The True Story of Nurse Genene Jones and the Texas Baby Murders. A 2005 documentary based on the Enron book was nominated for an Academy Award.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Eve Beglarian Honored by Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

Composer Eve Beglarian was honored in May as a recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, as the honoree in the music category. The program provides an unrestricted $75,000 grant, given to "risk-taking mid-career artists" in dance, film/video, music, theater and the visual arts. The description of her work says:

Composer Eve Beglarian draws her inspiration from a great many things: from a warning siren in Plaquemine, Louisiana and Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis,” to the hand pumps she encountered at the beginning of her four-month-long “one-person WPA project,” traveling down the Mississippi. In 2001, using found texts as inspiration, she began, “A Book of Days,” one piece for every day of the year. Currently numbering more than 120 compositions, they are available for free on the web and by email subscription. Collaboration – with choreographers, poets, visual artists, filmmakers, theatre directors, and rural communities – is at the core of her practice. Her latest work, “Lighten Up,” an evening-length multi-media event made with people who have been struck in mid-life by visions, premieres in Spring 2018.


John Rogers Talks Investment Strategies on Consuelo Mack's "Wealthtrack" program

John Rogers, the founder, CEO and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments, recently sat down for a half-hour discussion with financial journalist Consuelo Mack on her "Wealthtrack" program aired on June 14, 2017 on PBS. It in, Rogers discussed his "slow, steady and contrarian approach" to successful investing.

It should be noted that the Ariel website features photos of turtles, so the visual message is definitely consistent with Rogers' investment strategy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Steven Lieberman Representing Journalist in Tweet Assault Case


Steven Lieberman, member the intellectual property law firm of Rothwell Figg, has been all over the news lately as the pro bono attorney for Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald, In December, Eichenwald received a tweet of a .gif that deliberately induced an epileptic episode in him. The tweet followed an appearance by Eichenwald on the Tucker Carlson show on the Fox Network.

Earlier this month, a suspect in Maryland was arrested on charges of cyberstalking for sending the file to Eichenwald. Newsweek reported the details here.

The New York Times and other publications have quoted Lieberman in their articles about the arrest in the groundbreaking case. Rothwell Figg summarized the coverage and case here.

Peter Yawitz, Brenda Bazan Join Forces in Newworq Consulting Firm


Peter Yawitz and Brenda Bazan have merged their consulting practices to form Newworq, LLC, a firm focused on advising clients on challenges relating to: 
  • Business model: market share, brand integrity, profitability
  • Execution model: quality, satisfaction, productivity
  • Culture model:  leadership, communication, capabilities

 With three managing partners, Newworq specifically consults on brand protection, business turnarounds, workforce design and custom sales.

Besides Yawitz and Bazan, Newworq's third managing partner is Shaunna Black, a member of the Women in Technology Hall of Fame.

Yawitz has taught management communication at Columbia Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Tuck School at Dartmouth and Babson University.  He is about to launch SomeoneElsesDad.com, which will give millennials advice on how to be effective at work.

Bazan  spent 25 years at IBM in jobs focused on transforming the traditional sales and marketing model. After leaving IBM, she founded three companies that targeted helping founders start and grow their businesses.


Black led global operations and manufacturing at Texas Instruments, Dongbu HiTek Korea, and Oryon Technology. She has expertise in business strategy, greenfield construction and startup, operations and maintenance, manufacturing, and technology ramp and transfer. She's a graduate of New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

With New Play and Book, Richard Greenberg is in the Spotlight

Richard Greenberg has had a busy fall. In October he published a book of essays, "Rules for Others to Live By," December saw the debut of his latest play, "The Babylon Line," Variety's review called the play "one of those modest little gems that contains sparks of white light if you look hard enough."

Lincoln Center Theatre's website describes the play thusly:
Levittown, 1967. It’s the first night of adult-ed Creative Writing class in a classroom at the local high school. The teacher, Aaron Port, lives in Greenwich Village and reverse commutes once a week on the Long Island Rail Road’s Babylon line to Wantagh. His students are a mixed bag: Frieda Cohen, Anna Cantor and Midge Braverman, housewives all, embrace each other on arrival, and update their running checklists on each other’s kids, husbands and lawns. Their opening gambit is to tell Aaron in no uncertain terms that they are only there because French Cooking and Flower Arranging are full. The two men in the class, Jack Hassenpflug and Marc Adams keep mostly to themselves. 
One final student, Joan Dellamond, rushes in late – but she actually does intend to be there. She is a housewife, but not like the others. Living on Long Island with no kids, she cannot be in the same conversation with those women. Nor does she seem to want to be. And yet, she does seek connection. Maybe this class will bring her, and Aaron, something that neither quite expects.
Greenberg did a fair amount of publicity around the play, For example, the Forward newspaper ran a lengthy Q&A on December 2, titled, "Tony-Winning Playwright Richard Greenberg Talks Baseball, Movies, Ferrante and Obscurity." One excerpt from the interview, conducted by writer Adam Langer:

AL: Are you going to be in rehearsal on election night?
RG: I don’t know. I think it might be a dress rehearsal. I remember being in a dress rehearsal the day after Obama got elected and all anyone was talking about was the cues. The show does go on, doesn’t it?
AL: It’s kind of a lovely world to live in.
RG: I guess. It has its exigencies. I remember doing a play at Lincoln Center. I was doing two plays during 9/11 and one of them was at Lincoln Center. Someone determined that Lincoln Center was number five on the terrorist hit list. I don’t know who came up with that list. But I remember feeling very, very secure there in that theater.