Category Archives: On writing

Podcast Episode 1: Carrie Hagen on The Kidnapping that Changed America

    On the afternoon of  July 1, 1874, four-year-old Charley Ross and his older brother Walter played behind a stone wall near their home in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. When two men offered them candy and firecrackers, the boys got in the strangers’ wagon and went with them. Walter was released a short […]
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Pixar’s “22 Rules for Storytelling” as Image Macros

Someone on the Internet named “dinoignacio” took the time to pair Pixar Studio’s storytelling guidelines with some images.

Gawker Seems To Have A Point that Howard Kurtz Is Losing It

I’m fascinated with with this Gawker piece on media critic Howard Kurtz. It asks why Kurtz, former media critic for the Washington Post, spent 527 words on his own blog writing about the supposedly-risque Facebook photos of one Pari Bradlee. Bradlee is the daughter-in-law of legendary former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee , but […]
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Why Seth Mnookin will be Twitter’s First Pulitzer Winner

The Boston Globe is doing what it’s supposed to this week. They’re producing urgent, accurate multimedia journalism. The pay wall is temporarily lifted and the front page design is spare and utilitarian for readers who are looking for updates and want to get their head around this huge story. Their best feature online right now is […]
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“Go The Fuck To Sleep” Will Be a Movie. I Am Negotiating the Film Rights to The Stuff My Dog, Roger, Hornked Up Last Night After He Ate Too Many Dent-A-Sticks

Hollywood today announced the end of writing and imagining things, and all English majors everywhere lit charcoal grills inside their chilly studio apartments before drifting off into eternal, dreamless sleep, after it was announced that the jokey-for-adults childrens’ book parody “Go The Fuck To Sleep,” would be adapted into a movie, by the Wet Hot […]
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I Don’t Care Much About Your Plot, as Long as Your Characters are More Interesting than You, or, Why Tom Robbins is a Drag

Still on the subject of movies today, before I move on to how Tom Robbins disappointed me. First I have have to report that my wife has the ability to pick out the voice of actress Tea Leoni from the next room — a weird and impressive feat. I was sitting on the couch Sunday […]
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Cliff Clavin on “Jeopardy!” Hubris, Tragedy

A friend of mine reminded me yesterday of one of my all-time-favorite television episodes: The episode of “Cheers” where Cliff Clavin appears on “Jeopardy!” From the point of view of writing, this works so well because the characters are just so well-understood and real — of course this is what would happen if Cliff got […]
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Human Manwich Guy Fieri Opens Terrible Restaurant

The New York Times’ Pete Wells has just written the Platonic ideal of the scathing restaurant review. His target was Guy Fieri’s Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, which is naturally in Times Square. Sure, Food Network personality Guy Fieri seems like a gigantic tool — the blond tips on his hair. the loud shirts, Oakley shades, the insistence […]
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