Since returning to Twitter last week, Weiner’s been tweeting links to a brochure he wrote titled “Keys to the City,” in which he outlines ideas for shoring up New York City’s middle class. The 20-page document appears to be a slightly edited version of one he published in 2008, with a few tweaks.
One smart change was to remove the double-entendre word “impotent” from the text. But it’s what he left in that may be problematic. The graphic on the cover depicts an outline of the Empire State Building jutting into the title. Above that central image is a photo of the monument in the center of NYC’s Columbus Circle.
Those distinctively shaped structures may be visual reminders of the, ahem, anatomy that starred in the former congressman’s scandal.
, a New York-based graphic designer, says Weiner could have opted to highlight a less-giggle-inducing symbol of the city, perhaps the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty. But at a minimum, he says, the designer might have avoided running text up the side of the building, thus calling even more attention to it.
“On balance, New York has a lot of suggestive imagery in its icons,” Arnow tells us. “I’m not sure that simply using the elements he did is the most relevant thing — I think it’s more the way they’re shown.”
Weiner, responding to our e-mail inquiry, only noted that “the logo is the same as was used in an earlier edition of the book.”
True, but that was then . . .
Reading is fundamental
Sen. Ted Cruz
seemed surprised to learn during a hearing Tuesday that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
had managed to slog through all 844 pages of the new immigration bill.
He, on the other hand, apparently was finding it harder to digest such a long read in the six days since its sponsors had released it. That seems a bit odd.
Cruz, after all, has an undergrad degree from Princeton and graduated from Harvard Law. And the immigration bill? Well, it isn’t really all that long.
And bear in mind that bill text isn’t like pages of a novel — or even those of a standard document. The font is bigger, the margins are wider, and there are big spaces in between relatively short paragraphs. So how many words are in the bill?
We pasted the text into a Microsoft Word document, which said it contains 161,346. And that includes a number on each line — so if you subtract those, you get roughly 140,000 words.
That’s fewer than in most of the Harry Potter books. Heck, it’s only a quarter of those in “War and Peace.”