May 17, 2013

When I dip, you dip, we dip

How Barbara Walters invented the internet -

She expanded the definition of news and who’s qualified to report it. Also, she dressed up her dog like a human. Total internet-tastemaker behavior.

What to do when you get fired - Columbia Journalism Review

After you’ve gotten sick of sitting around in your underwear drinking coconut kale smoothies, this is how to get it together and find a new gig.

The Internet: A Love Story

My keynote address at the BU Power of Narrative conference, featuring GIFs, even more #realtalk about getting fired, and a bold lip.

Pie charts are coming back next week, I swear!

Odds and Ends: I did a Q&A about how to make it as a freelancer.

I'm reading:

Chiquita banana jingle, or where music meets commercialism. Kate Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers (finally!). The spy who shot himself in the foot and the woman who made Anonymous care about rape. Bill Murray on Gilda Radner, and Jessica Hopper on Eleanor Friedberger. How to make longform work online. YouTube doesn’t create terrorists. Against Twitter verification and geolocation. And, hell, while we’re at it: against creativity. Untucking “Drag Race” and unpacking the fall of Lauryn Hill. Hypermasculinity is basically the worst. Well, maybe not as bad as loneliness.

Spirit animal:

Sagan all my love 4 u.

I endorse:

Feta salsa dip. I won’t lie; I ate this for dinner two nights in a row this week.

Also I think this is the second time I have endorsed a cheese dip. #onbrand


“After day that included a soul-sucking meeting (is copywriting selling out?) followed by a trip to the mail box (that involved a bill from the newspaper rather than a check) and almost an entire box of Carr's Whole Wheat Crackers, it's the small yet glorious messages like these that this editor-turned-unwilling-freelance writer appreciates.” -Maghan McDowell (Ed note: Girl, now you can pair those crackers with the aforementioned feta dip!)

Tell your friends about this newsletter! Also, if you have some recipes that could expand my cheese-dip repertoire, please pass them along. And now I’m headed to the beach with two of my best friends in the world. The happiest Friday to you, too.