Because it’s the local paper here, and because of its reputation as an industry leader with enormous reach and a rich family history, The New York Times still gets more ink than it produces in an average week. Yet the Sunday Styles section for me perfectly illustrated the two newspapers that are operating simultaneously within the Times itself. First, there's the article about the Brooklyn commune. Brooklyn is the paper's most recent Margaret Meade-like obsessions—the edgier and hipper the neighborhood (The Gowanus Canal! It’s an EPA Superfund site, but it’s also cool and oddly picturesque!) the better. There are articles about Brooklyn on a regular basis. It is not a new Borough, just a new discovery. This week's piece about the commune is full of all things anarchical and artisanal, including an irony-free mention of Brooklyn's various "farms." A few pages later, we set the way-back machine for the era of “Mad Men.” The two featured weddings are a Roosevelt and a Rockefeller. For a single Sunday newspaper section on a single day, it was certainly a hold-on-tight kind of a read—a joyride through popular culture, the last remnants of (and scions of) true monied tradition, and a great glimpse inside the newspaper covering this great City.
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