Dwell on this

After a summer of worry, Tara Thorne puts away her Free Judy shirt.

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Mammoth how-to-live mag Dwell (“At Home in the Modern World”) celebrates its 5th anniversary, and has dropped a Halifax plug amongst its celebratory issue. A look at “Modern Across America in Print” includes Plain Modern, Malcolm Quantrill’s book about local architecture wunderkind Brian MacKay-Lyons (full disclosure: we once lived in an early BM-L design in north end Halifax, and you couldn’t get a couch or a box spring through the door, but life, and we assume this book, is about education). “The shingled exteriors” of MacKay-Lyons’ work, Dwell observes, “speak to the vernacular style of coastal farmhouse,” then goes on to say he is part of a group of architects who “apply the blueprint of modernism to a body of work that functions to its highest potential in its given environment.” So there.

It’s Miller time. Again

Judith Miller left a Virginia penitentiary last week after spending 85 days there for refusing to narc on her source — for a story she never wrote, by the way — regarding the revealing of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity. (A big no-no. Miller was asked to testify in the ongoing investigation into the leak and refused, resulting in four months in jail.) Her source was Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, marking her martyrdom with cynicism from those who thought she shouldn’t a) Eat what the White House serves her or b) Cover that kind of shit up in the name of journalistic principles.

Miller, a Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter, also finished her sentence a month early. Why? To testify in the Plame case, which is what Matthew Cooper of Time did three months ago — Cooper did write a story, his source was Karl Rove — as he was also facing jail time.

This is a complicated situation, mostly involving the inner workings of American crap we don’t care about. But we’re not sure how we feel now that Ms. Miller has cut a deal. (Not to mention her other alleged deal, an unconfirmed $1.2 million book advance!) But in an exhaustive summary published this week, the New York Observer offers a good point: “Now, for decades to come, stories about reporters facing prison will include a different citation: Ms. Miller went to jail for 85 days and…what? There’s no such thing as half a martyr.”

Send analysis of the miller case to Anablog c/o The Coast 5435 Portland Place, Halifax, B3K 6R7.

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