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December 18, 2008


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Come to Chicago, Cleveland tourists! We promise not to make snotty comments about you to the press.

Mark Jeffries

Like Peter Sagal on the House E-mail on St. Louis, I have the feeling that Nancy Coyne's line was spoken tongue-in-cheek, but didn't look that way in print. As someone said in that long comment thread, the Times reporter should've said to her, "do you really mean that?" before printing it.


Well, obviously Ms. Coyne hasn't spent enough time listening to Mott the Hoople!


Before the purists yap, yes, it's Ian Hunter solo on "Cleveland Rocks." My bad.


Hey Kris,
Off topic, but I was curious what your take on this is. I was thinking about the recent bankruptcy filings of various print media important to the Chicago area, and I can't help but wonder- what ever happened to subscription websites? I used to have to register/login to see news on the NY Times and Chicago Tribune websites, but now I don't even need to do that to view most content. I enjoy Time Out's theatre coverage, which is also free online. I can count on one hand the number of times I've even laid eyes on the print version though (mostly in waiting rooms...) I know personally I wouldn't mind paying a small monthly fee to access certain websites I can access for free now, as long as it wasn't exorbitant. If the news content on the various news websites became paid subscriber only, wouldn't that help shore up media company revenues, especially if that meant they could reduce their print circulation? I'm all for the continued existence of the Tribune, the Reader, TimeOut Chicago, the Sun Times, etc., but why are they insisting on charging a dwindling population of hard-copy readers when they're unnecessarily giving the milk away for free on their websites? Admittedly I'm not very informed on the subject; I guess I don't know much about how revenue streams work for these organizations as they're currently set up. Is there some no-brainer reason I'm overlooking that this wouldn't work?


I really want to try and see Our Town when it comes to New York next year. It sounds like a really interesting spin on a classic. And I'm glad The Drowsy Chaperone tour made the list. I saw it in Boston and really enjoyed it, especially Jonathan Crombie in the title role.

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