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  •  Well, speaking as a New Yorker ... (3.75)
    that's definitely been true of The New York Times.

    Two common comments on the "newspaper of the broken record": Its "Style" section should be renamed the "Out of Style" section.  And when its "Real Estate" section covers "up and coming neighborhoods" the rents and co-op prices are approaching their peak and the arty/trendy types have already moved out to more funky neighborhoods.

    (BTW: The Times "Real Estate" section has always been one big advertising section for the major NY brokers. There is no attempt at being objective there at all.)

    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Sun Apr 17, 2005 at 09:42:56 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with your comment (4.00)
      on giving Ann attention (as in we shouldn't--I even used to argue with people who posted Ann diaries hanging on her every comment, but I've given up), but I disagree with your view on the Styles section. In general (with some exceptions), I think the Times does a pretty good job with staying on top of both cultural and fashion trends. Bill Cunningham, in particular, is (and always has been) brilliant at spotting and photographing up-and-coming noteworthy trends. I don't know much about the real estate section.
      •  It's only because I have a 9-year-old (none)
        that I'm aware of how late the "Style" section is on every trend. My daughter comes home with the lastest fad a minimum of 6 months before the "Style" section spots the trend.  

        As one recent example of the silliness of that section, the report on the Olsen Twins being trend setters was a big guffaw. Yeah right! All the NYC school kids have been doing "bag lady" chic for years now.

        IMHO, The "Style" section is for the "Sex and the City" crowd, aka the crowd that has yet to discover personal and sexual empowerment because they missed that trend in the late 70s/early 80s. It's for people who get their own style from others. That's too effing "professional class" Republican for my tastes.

        "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

        by Glinda on Sun Apr 17, 2005 at 10:57:43 AM PDT

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        •  I disagree Glinda (none)
          I write about fashion and do some trend writing and I think they're pretty on point. Like I said, not always, but generally. As for the bag-lady chic article, hmmm, I'm not so sure what to say about that article. I didn't finish it because I got the feeling that it wasn't about fashion. To be honest, I think they just wanted to stir up a little shit--as the editor for that section is often want to do. I know kids have been wearing grungy get-ups for as long as punk has been around.  

          So yeah, they don't always hit a homerun by any means, but I'd say once every few weeks, they do some great fashion trend pieces. But even in off weeks, photographer Bill Cunningham, who sets the standard for trend photography, still manages to tide me over. Color me shallow, but Style and the magazine are my two favorite sections of the times.

      •  Sorry for the rant ... (none)
        But the "Style" section is my #1 most hated Times section.

        I didn't even cover my #2 most hated section: the Friday "Arts" section. Don't even get me started on Roberta Smith! And Kimmelman is a good man who should be reviewing music (what he has actual training in) and not art ... or should I say "Art" with a capital 'A'?  The only saving grace to the Friday art's section is Holland Cotter and Grace Glueck.

        Oops! A second rant. MHO!

        "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

        by Glinda on Sun Apr 17, 2005 at 11:11:20 AM PDT

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        •  Extra Style! (none)
          I always looked forward to the Sunday Style section..but more as a laugh than anything else. "SPOTTED: THE DIRTY HEMLOCK ABSINTHE SAKE BAILEYTINI"

          Imagine my shock when the THURSDAY CIRCUITS section was demoted to a filler in the BUSINESS section, and now there is a THURSDAY STYLES section to be sure to report on the hot new trends that may be gone by Sunday...

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