You're all invited to Salon's dress rehearsal this week on the Web. The official launch date for the magaziney Web site (www.salon1999.com
) is Nov. 20, but the staff -- mostly former Examiner writers and editors -- wants to sieve all of the bugs out of the punch bowl before they serve it to the masses. Salon's chief, David Talbot, promises a weekly readerly experience with an emphasis on books that fans out to encompass arts and culture. "We don't think of it as anti-HotWired," says Talbot, who was Style editor at the Ex, "but as post-HotWired." Talbot promises "punchy, provocative" op-eds, features, comics, and reviews for people who are new to the Web, and hopes that content will seed conversation areas inhabited by Salon's readers and writers. "I see it as a talk magazine," he says. But why is the site's URL www.salon1999.com
instead of www.salon.com
? "An Austin, Texas, hairdresser reserved www.salon.com
and wouldn't give it up," says Talbot. "We thought up new names for him -- hairnet.com
-- but he wouldn't give it up." ... Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin screwed the pooch in his Nov. 6 review of the Pearl Jam show, referring to a song called "What" that caused fans to flick their Bics. The song in question was correctly identified by the Examiner's Craig Marine as "Black.