Secrets of my inbox

Last summer, Ben Kaplan posted an interview with me about how PR folks can get my attention. I’ve been pointing people to this interview time and again, because it is a helpful summary of how my day really works. Here’s the start of the transcript. Read the whole thing, or give it a listen, on PRHacker.com. […]

Secrets of my inbox

Heroic levels of hype

I’m going to try something new this week. I’ve been admiring emails by Om Malik, Alexis Madrigal, and Caitlin Dewey, who send daily or weekly lists of links to interesting things to read. (You should sign up for their newsletters — all three are wonderful, in very different ways.) And my occasional emails have felt […]

Heroic levels of hype

I want to go there.

This week, Science published a noise map of the U.S., showing where the loudest and quietest places are. It reminded me of a tree map of the U.S. published a couple of years ago. If I were a maps geek, I’d try to combine these two maps so I could see at a glance the […]

I want to go there.

Successful people

“It’s extremely dangerous to follow the advice of successful people. Those successful people often don’t even know why they are successful. Luck may have been part of it. And even if they did know, how do you know their recipe for success is applicable to you?” — Wise words from the founder of Finnish game […]

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Opera lives

Hundreds of people, including NYC’s former mayor, plan to protest the Met’s production of “Klinghoffer.” Protests! Against an opera — an art form that, for most Americans, is completely dead. I enjoy opera quite a bit, but I’m used to it trafficking in stories that — while offensively bloody (Lucia di Lammemoor) or shockingly amoral (Carmen) are […]

Opera lives

Why I’m using blind auditions to recruit journalists for VentureBeat

Orchestras in the U.S. used to be 95% to 100% male. But after instituting blind auditions, with the applicants performing their music behind a screen so they can only be heard, not seen, that ratio changed dramatically. According to one study, the number of women in top orchestras rose from less than 5% to 25% after those orchestras […]

Why I’m using blind auditions to recruit journalists for VentureBeat

The surfers v. the VC

So I’m on jury duty this week, and as I walk out of the courthouse on our lunch recess, I happen to see an older bearded gentleman in a suit, surrounded by some other suits, holding forth to a small pack of reporters. “Oh, a courthouse steps interview,” I thought, so I sidled up to […]

The surfers v. the VC

Lightning bugs into lightning

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning,” said Mark Twain. An editor’s job, at its best, is about turning lightning bugs into lightning.

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Locos tacos

This story deserves an award of some kind for business writing. A subject like this calls for just the right mix of completely straight-faced reporting and just a tiny hint of a wink. Plus, of course, a huge love of Doritos. I laughed, and I wept a bit for the outright enthusiasm that Taco Bell’s […]

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