Note to publicists: When there is some news you would like reporters to write about — especially when it’s the sort of news that most reporters will probably think is “Eh” and/or “Zzzzzzz” — maybe don’t send out the press release a full 24 hours after someone from your company has already blogged about all the details?
“First off, a pro is necessarily getting paid to do what he does, and that’s a tough trick these days all on its own. But a pro is also defined by the scope and practice of his operation. A pro has sources. A pro knows how to spot a lie. A pro does the work. A pro gets it right. A pro knows how to hustle the corner, but he also knows his way around a paragraph. A pro does it all, and he does it all well, without vanity or fireworks. A pro doesn’t leave any holes or openings, in his soul most of all. You want to know how to stand out, Andrew? Be a fucking pro.”—Chris Jones, of Esquire, dropping some science on a young writer. (via capitalnewyork)
“Olbermann, who’s been mad as hell on many occasions, whether railing against the Iraq War or the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, wrapped up his second stint on MSNBC with a James Thurber story of a Scottish terrier whose first instinct is to fight before knowing the full story. Before signing off, Olbermann provided the moral of the story: ‘It is better to ask some of the questions,’ he said, ‘than to know all of the answers.’”—Cutline
“It’s a week before the biggest day of her life, and Anna Williams is multitasking. While waiting to hear back from the Ivy League colleges she’s hoping to attend, the seventeen-year-old senior at one of Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools is doing research for a paper about organic farming in the West Bank, whipping up a batch of vegan brownies, and, like an increasing number of American teenagers, teaching her dog to use an iPad.”—Just go read it
Joe Pompeo, a writer for Yahoo!’s Cutline blog and a Capital contributor, on the diagnosis: “When I was 19, during the dead of February, I would sit on my bedroom floor chain-smoking Parliament lights and listening to What Would the Community Think? by Cat Power. Vitamin D-oriented this album is not. In fact, I’m pretty sure that when Chan Marshall wrote these songs, she was locked up in Old Man Winter’s basement for a few months, surviving on nothing but candy cane crumbs and dirty snow, ‘Avalanche’ by Leonard Cohen looping 24/7. ‘King Rides By’ is arguably the most brooding track. It sounds like how the darker moments of winter feel — melancholic, lethargic, never ending. I mean, the song’s so depressing that the only video I could find on YouTube consists solely of blackness! But during that time of year when the sun goes down at 4, and it’s so cold your hair hurts, and you can’t stop thinking about how summer won’t happen for another 127 days or so, and the only holidays to look forward to are St. Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s, Marshall’s tormented wail feels like a warm afghan to me. ‘Needing love more than you’ll ever know,’ she bawls. ‘You don’t miss your water ‘till your well is gone.’ Yup. Pass the Abilify!”
ANTARCTICA - “ABSENCE”
Joe Pompeo, a writer for Yahoo!’s Cutline blog and a Capital contributor, on the cure: “On the other hand, there is Antarctica. Antarctica was the shoegazey, synth-poppy, ‘grew up and moved to New York in the late ’90s’ extension of the seminal Midwestern emo quartet Christie Front Drive. They are a total cold weather band. (I mean, hello – the name!) ‘Absence,’ the first track on the double CD they released in 1999, is their best song. It has a poppy New Order vibe. Snow starts falling whenever it comes on. It is the type of music that ice sculptures listen to. It makes me want to cruise through Narnia on a giant sled pulled by huskies. If I ever live in a Swiss Chalet in the Alps, this song will be on repeat as I lay around drinking White Russians and playing Scrabble. It makes winter sound not so bad.”
Love how Sarah Palin's email line for press automatically assumes that you have "interest in interviewing" her
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“A lot of people who make, read and love magazines have called me a naysayer about this issue, but I say that if you really care about the value that magazines can bring to the world (and I admit, I’m skeptical about whether they really do offer much value anymore), then it would be wise to give up the ghost on this unrealistic notion that a fancy presentation layer and rudimentary DVD extras-style bells and whistles slapped on top of content that can already be read for free on the public Web will generate any significant revenue. It’s bordering on obstinate to think that something you care so much about can be salvaged by doing more or less the same thing that has failed magazines so consistently until now: continuing to ignore the fundamentals of digital user experience design and how they diverge from analog print design.”—Ouch
“'MAD EYES OF A KILLER' is the headline. I don't think it refers to anything. This is the literary Post, which is a sort of imitation of literariness and therefore reads like the title of a high-school literary magazine short-story by a boy who is a big fan of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man but produces material that reads like a Lifetime original movie script.”—Wood War