On Journalism Funded

Eeewwwwww. They really just asked us to crowdfund an employee's salary and benefits.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm 0

On Polly Asks: New York Magazine Wants Me to Write Ask Polly For Them. Should I Tell Them to Piss Off?

This is all really great. I love that the Awl is so cool about its mission statement. I love also that you're so clear about what you need to be yourself no matter where you write the column. OMG IT'S LIKE RELATIONSHIPS AGAIN being yourself is so important

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm 1

On How to Plagiarize a Fart Joke

Am I missing the joke? It's pretty clear that both Honan and Weingarten thought up the fart metaphor independently. If plagiarism now means being responsible for reading every single tweet to see if someone has already quipped your quip, we have problems.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm 0

On Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

@RJ Blain@facebook That is really useful to know. Thank you!

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm 0

On How to Work for the Enemy and Feel Just Fine

Someday I will write an anonymous expose about the editing and ghostwriting industry. I will use “I can just . . . change whatever I want?" as a chapter title.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm 1

On Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

If Amazon were to offer a paid service that was 1. fair to writers and 2. let me borrow new, popular titles without waiting in a hold queue with 120 other library patrons, I would be on it SO FAST.

But Amazon Unlimited's selection is pretty abysmal. There are gobs of public domain novels available, as well as a lot of bottom of the barrel books that nobody was jumping to pay a monthly fee to read.

If Amazon Unlimited were to truly work, I would like to read "An Untamed State" right now and I would like to read "The Magician's Land" on August 5 when it releases AND I would like the authors to be compensated fairly.

I'd be willing to pay $25 or more a month for that.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm 2

On 28 Years with Weird Al

@jfruh Audio of this particular parody does not exist. However, we do have recorded audio of our lesser Les Mis parody, "McDonalds On A Cloud" (about Bill Clinton).

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:56 am 0

On 28 Years with Weird Al

THIS IS AWESOME both because it is a good story and also because it is painfully hilarious. I too had my lilac jumper days. My best friend and little sister and I wrote a parody of Les Mis's "Master of the House" that was called "Speaker of the House" and was about Newt Gingrich. WE WERE NOT COOL.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm 1

On The Inflatable Thought Leader

The ghostwriting thing. I have so many thoughts on the ghostwriting thing, many of them contradictory. (For a while I did A LOT of content ghostwriting.) On the one hand, people have always had ghostwriters. Since the dawn of time. It is a noble profession. On the other hand, this type of ghostwriting is often written and posted without even a conversation with the person whose name is going on it. Just "yeah, you write something, whatever you want to write is fine." Which makes it not-quite-ghostwriting but something else.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I Had a Stillbirth and My Husband Totally Lacked Empathy

If I were giving the advice, I would ask OP how she communicates her needs to her husband, and how she works to meet her own needs if her husband chooses not to meet her needs after hearing them communicated directly. It sounds like when she asked for her husband to drive her home and he said "no," that was a pretty direct request and response. Then what happened? Did she ask him to call her a taxi, or is she in part angry that he failed to offer that as a solution to the problem?

As the advice-giver, I'd ask the OP two questions:

1. How do you communicate your needs to your husband? What are the messages and the metamessages (like, do you communicate your needs in a way that suggests he should have already anticipated them or in a way that implies he has done something wrong)?

2. How often does your husband say "no" when you communicate your needs to him? That's the real issue here.

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm 3