Jack Shafer

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Stoner chefs: Are they starting a new culinary trend?

    ​Well, there's five minutes of my life I'll never get back: First, The New York Times has me reading about how "Chefs Using Marijuana Create a New Kitchen Culture," which is basically an open mic for Tony Bourdain to spout his boilerplate about all the drug use in kitchens, including this bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Netbooks will save newspapers, says Slate

    Strib graphic.jpgLet's hope for the Strib's sake that it happens by the end of the month.

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2007

    Strib as Case Study

    The online magazine Slate today lays out a fascinating case for why the about-to-be-closed sale of the Star Tribune and the trend it caps may actually be good news for journalism. Not good immediate news for anyone drawing a paycheck over on Portland Avenue, but good news for the Fourth Estate As We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2005

    9/9: Morning Communique

    Pizza Man is having trouble "having a day" on the Streets of Pizza.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2005
  • Blogs

    September 7, 2005

    The aftermath of Katrina in punditry

    A week after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, we've heard from politicians, pundits, survivors, aid workers, and editorialists. Here are just a few of the notable comments coming out of the tragedy... "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." -- Re ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 7, 2005

    Many Thousands Gone

    The first disaster was the hurricane. The second was the federal government's response.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2005

    Meth Mouth Madness

    The "meth mouth" epidemic is now accepted fact. Pictures of recovering addicts with blackened, decaying teeth have become staples of newspaper articles and television reports. But is the main cause of these rotting incisors meth use--or simply poor hygiene and eating habits?

  • News

    July 27, 2005
  • Blogs

    July 11, 2005
  • Blogs

    July 1, 2005

    Strib drawn into growing newspaper circ scandal

    On Tuesday the Star Tribune became the fourth major daily in the past year-plus to be accused of dumping papers by various means to plump its paid circulation figures and thus its ad rates. Last year executives from Newsday, the Dallas Morning News, and the Chicago Sun-Times admitted to deliberatel ... More >>

  • News

    July 30, 2003

    Bring 'em On!

    The Bush administration's top 40 lies about war and terrorism

  • Feature

    March 11, 1998