Kathy Andersen, author, Change Your Shoes, Live Your Greatest Life.
If you find yourself writing a book review and publishing it on the Internet, chances are that digital marketers will track down your e-mail address and mark you for public-relations campaigns. Being marketers, they’ll know to focus most of their e-mails on books you might want to review. Being digital, they’ll assume that their audience lacks all but the most basic forms of taste and intelligence and may "Care to speak with Sheila on feeling good in the bedroom (in more ways than one)" or want to follow "a wise and wild path for navigating the dating world [...]
How bad do you want to be on TV? Bad enough that maybe you could be tricked into being held captive for two months in a villa outside Istanbul, because there actually was no show? BECAUSE YES, THAT HAPPENED. The nine women weren't harmed but "were told to fight each other, to wear bikinis and to dance by the villa's pool." Which, sounds pretty much like my last weekend, only much longer, and therefore better? But also, how do you know that the reality show for which you are "auditioning" is a real reality show, not a prison? There are a couple of ways to know, and one of [...]
Pretty much every day I decide I want to nuke Twitter from my life. But the secret is in being careful with what you consume on the Twitter. Twitter's greatest user is longtime indie musician Kristin Hersh, of Throwing Muses fame-and now I realize that her husband Billy O'Connell has his own account too. If you only follow the two of them, you get this hilarious double open-faced sandwich of child-rearing and band-touring and adult debauchery. Related true story: I walked up behind a friend the other day, and he was watching the Twitter tutorial video on their website. Me: "What are you doing!?" Him: "THIS DOESN'T EVEN [...]