Media Miscellany, Another Reason Not To Move, Another Vodka Tonic Edition

  • A Newser by any other name… Our brother-blog at FishbowlDC reports that ABC “World News Tonight” has officially launched a blog called “The World Newser.” That sounds kind of familiar but gosh darned it if I can think of why. [FBDC]
  • Journo, Emo [HuffPo]
  • Now who will kiss the boo-boo and make it better? Page Six reported yesterday that the NYT has closed down its on-site Nurse’s Office, where staffers could go to get their blood pressure pumped and their temperatures taken, plus other stuff: “In the old days, the sweet old ladies would even give you the occasional Valium if you were going through a bad patch,” recalls one staffer. Another staffer laments the loss of a place to “sleep off a big night.” Here’s a fun trick: kick under your shoes, crawl under your desk, and curl up into a tight little ball. It feels extra peaceful if you rock gently back and forth. There, there. You’re safe now. [NYP]
  • I’ll drink to that! Today’s guest “Critical Shopper” William Norwich frequents a number of haberdasheries and wonders, Sondheim-style, “does anybody still wear a hat?” which gladdens our hearts, particularly since there are no songs with “nurse” in the title. Except it’s “anyone” not “anybody.” Picky, I know, but this is New York; ten to one I am not the only person who noticed that. Either way, go on, have a hat. And one for Mahler! [NYT]

If you didn’t get this last reference, join us after the jump!

Hi! Nice to see you. The line “Does anyone still wear a hat?” is from “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company, made famous by Elaine Stritch as the drunken (and, if I’m not mistaken, dissolute) Joanne, who sings this bitter ode to the empty lives of socialites. It’s pretty awesome, if a bit disturbing, and Elaine Stritch made it iconic. The line in question happens after the first stanza, like so:

Off to the gym, or to a fitting
Claiming they’re fat
And looking grim, ’cause they’ve been sitting
Choosing a hat
Does anyone still wear a hat?
I’ll drink to that!

(Joanne drinks to something at the end of each verse. Hey, you do what you can to get by.)

Although the line in question is actually spoken, anyone who knows the song knows that the extra syllable of “anybody” squishes it into the available space, plus change the emphasis and the timing. So it’s a small thing but as far as references go, actually quite wrong. At least as far as musical theater geeks are concerned. Frank Rich, back me up.

Okay, go have a drink now. And one for Pinter!