JULY 27, 2009 3:45PM

Jenny on my block

I suppose, if I were fishing for big traffic numbers, I should headline this EXCLUSIVE PICS! J.LO KISSING ANOTHER MAN!

Ah, but that's getting ahead of myself. You see, my block in the West Village of New York City is particularly charming -- or so says Hollywood's shoot scouts. It's… Read full post »

This week: Scott Rosenberg, Salon co-cofounder, and the man who first  got the ball rolling on Open Salon before leaving in 2007 to write his new, great book, "Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters," (Crown). 

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In case you missed it, our gracious sponsors are hosting a cocktail event tonight where you'll get to taste their mysteriously intoxicating concoction. If you're in San Francisco, stop by! I know Joan is planning on going, and will likely bring some other Salonistas with her. Those of you who are… Read full post »

How the Birther Movement (explained pretty well here) captured the angry right-wing imagination remains a mystery to me. But poke around on any conservative political site  -- or listen to talk radio -- and you'll soon find a fervent army of true believers as determined as they are zany.  J… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2009 10:01AM

Rickrolling Nirvana

There was something strangely poignant (sniff) about discovering, on my birthday, an inspired video ode to these iconic polar opposites from my misspent youth. (Via mashable.) Kurt Cobain, meet Rick Astley. Rick, steer clear of Courtney.



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JULY 17, 2009 2:35PM

What would you ask Meryl Streep?

I''ll be interviewing the screen legend for Salon in the very near future, and I thought I'd probably benefit from a little Open crowdsourcing. So I throw the question to you:

What would you ask Meryl Streep?

Thoughtful responses most appreciated! 

(Below: Streep as Julia Child in the trailer f… Read full post »

Catching up on my podcasts, I just listed to Terry Gross's interview this week with Joseph O'Neill, author of last year's literary sensation, "Netherland."  She asked him what his reaction was when he found out President Obama was reading the book. O'Neill's response:

"Well, I mean, I'm a bit… Read full post »

Ole Salon pal Farhad Manjoo wrote an interesting piece this week on single-topic blogs, how they hold a particular allure with the publishing industry, and how many of them seem to originate on the blogging platform Tumblr. It's an interesting read to me for a few different reasons: 

• Ope… Read full post »

Scott Rosenberg! I'll be videochatting with him shortly, and will post the result next week.

Scott is a Salon co-founder and came up with the original idea (and name) for Open Salon. His new book, "Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters," just came out,… Read full post »


Attention film fans! We want you to weigh in on one of the summer's big cultural questions: "Bruno," good for the gays or not?

In one corner, in Salon, the brilliant and debonair  David Rakoff thinks he's bad, very bad. "Baron Cohen's Brüno is a gay minstrel, in… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2009 7:47PM

Open Chat: Hide your nuts!

Open Chat No. 3: The Squirrel. 5 minutes. A glimpse at the man (peeking, barely) out from behind those bright eyes and bushy, um, tail. And yes, that's a lovely black statue of a squirrel, recently purchased for the man himself by, as he calls her on the blog, the "Wife-asaurus."Read full post »

JULY 6, 2009 2:37PM

Tuesday Cocktails in SF. . .

I'm in SF for a few days, and Joan and I thought we'd grab an after-work cocktail with any OS'er interested on Tuesday, somewhere downtown.

If you're around, and feeling thirsty, email me at kerry at salon dot com -- I'll email you the details tomorrow when we figure it out!… Read full post »

We'll post a gallery of your posts on the cover beginning Friday. Be sure to tag your submission: fourth of july. 


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Well, what a dark day this turned out to be. Just hours after we heard of Farrah Fawcett's sad but expected passing, we've heard that Michael Jackson has died. It was a surprise, but perhaps not wholly unexpected. We've been watching a slow, painful arc to Jackson's story unfold for several… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2009 1:17PM

Ads on Open -- for you, too

We're rolling out integrated advertising on all pages today, for Open Salon and its members, to help you start profiting off of all your fine work here. You need to join Google's AdSense ad network to launch the ads and start earning money off of them. To do that, sign upRead full post »

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A friend was Googling former "Falcon Crest" star Lorenzo Lamas (ah, free time!) and stumbled upon this  -- which naturally has led to much speculation. I'll confess, I once hoped of being best buds with LoLa. Cruising around Southern California on our tricked-out choppers. Jamming to Queensr&yum… Read full post »

Sactogator, for a very elaborate fantasy that, come to think of it, makes a whole lot of sense.

Don't miss all of the other fine responses to our Open Call in the archives right here.

That's it for me -- I don't even have to tune in tonight!… Read full post »

O'Reilly fan, Obama nemesis and Open's own personable Pincushion Man, Mortimer Hayden Smyth.

Mortimer was among the first to enter our contest, but he's hardly the only good one; check out the videos here for some good ones. And if you created a video and it's not showing up there,… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2009 3:34PM

A note on "blog pimping"

From a member's email to me today:

Is there any way to get rid of these spammy messages from members (usually going to a hundred different people) advertising their brilliant post? This is a way to get me NOT to read it, it's so obnoxious. I often can't tell… Read full post »
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So the chatter in my office (sad, sad little office) is the pending very special announcement  on Monday's broadcast of  unlikely TLC buzzmachine, "Jon And Kate Plus 8." I watch an embarrasing amount of TV. I have never watched this show. The premise is daunting enough that I think I'd rath… Read full post »

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After airing the complete interview with Salon's Joan Walsh on Friday, Bill O'Reilly and crew aired a sliced and diced version in his June 15 "Talking Points" segment (served later with a heaping, complimentary side of fawning Juan Williams).

Look: Spinning video isn't that hard. … Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2009 5:50PM

Joan on O'Reilly (gulp!)

From Bill O'Reilly's personal site this afternoon. Read closely. Now he's REALLY gone too far with the personal attacks!



The boss lady braved a visit to Fox this afternoon to try and reason with Bill O'Reilly. She responded to a request for an interview, which he always tapes… Read full post »

Open Chat No. 2: Mortimer Hayden Smyth. 5 minutes. Transcript follows. Action! 

We're here with Mortimer Hayden Smyth on Open Salon's Open Chat. Hi, Mortimer.

Hello, Kerry. Very good to be with you today.

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MAY 29, 2009 6:35PM

Open Chat: Saturn Smith

We're launching a new occasional feature on Open Salon  that we're calling Open Chats -- short, 5-minute or so interviews with Open Salon contributors -- and we're thrilled to kick it off with the site's very own Interplanet Janet, the great Saturn Smith. Aside from the occasional email, I only… Read full post »

In the past week or so, Open has largely fallen into the capable hands of Thomas, who no doubt did a marvelous job. I'm back online full-time tomorrow, but see a small army of messages standing at attention in my inbox -- I'll get back to the urgent ones as soon… Read full post »