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Details magazine, that glossy arbiter of style, has decided that the Rust Belt is not only cool, but worthy of exploration by its upscale readers. And, while my travel list actually has Barcelona and Marrakesh considerably higher than, say, Erie,  I do like the idea of downtrodden cities becoming newly chic.The Details story (as excerpted for Yahoo!) begins:…

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In New York City for a few days on business, I knew there was one necessity: I had to see the exhibit of photographs by Cindy Sherman, that mistress of photographic disguise,  at the Museum of Modern Art.  I caught the show this morning, and found it spectacular.  Its images are not always pleasant -- in fact, at times, they are  distressing -- but Sher…

Paul Ford's terrific New York magazine piece on Facebook's purchase of Instagram includes this great line:"In terms of user experience (insider jargon: "UX"), Facebook is like an NYPD police van crashing into an IKEA, forever — a chaotic mess of products designed to burrow into every facet of your life. "So true, and yet we love it. …

At the journalism conference I attended last week, a guy named Steve Buttry seemed to be in the front row of every panel discussion, and his presence on Twitter, with the hashtag #asne12, was impossible to ignore.  At one point, the Twitter police even tried to shut him down for over-tweeting. Who knew you could do such a thing?When he got back, he wrote an open&…

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Last week in this blog, I asked readers what they'd like me to ask President Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney when they spoke to an editors gathering I attended in Washington. Despite some excellent suggestions, I never got to pose any of them to the president, who apparently took questions only from the Associated Press, whose annual meeting coinci…

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It used to be that Hillary Clinton was a "love her or hate her" kind of gal.  She was admired by many but demonized by the members of what she once called a "vast right-wing conspiracy."But these days, it's mostly the former. Americans are enthusiastic about her most recent incarnation as Secretary of State. According to a profile by…