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bob-mustin's picture
Aug.17.2012
I read something today by a respected journalist about his early career. He tried to write funny stuff, he said, but you can't be funny yourself in journalism - you have to collect humorous data and let the data be funny. image via blogs.reuters.com   I disagree, even though I'm not sure...
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Aug.08.2012
If you're prone to migraines, it's likely advisable that you'll want to tap the "mute" button whenever the current teapot-tempest about politicians' tax returns pops up on your TV screen. But be forewarned: you'll miss a lot of humor, even if much of it is unintended (and roughly comparable to...
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Aug.04.2012
After Friday Night Lights, by Buzz Bissinger image via hollywoodreporter.com   On a hot afternoon visit to Starbuck’s for a Frappuccino, I picked up one of their Apple gimmes, this time for a free e-book – Bissinger’s. First: this sort of freebie is a good marketing tool; I picked it up...
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Jul.31.2012
  “Alexander Cockburn no more” would sound like a terrible headline. The reality of it is as biting as his prose. To think that I just got to know about his death early today shook me up a little more. I crumble easily and almost did. The ‘almost’ worked because every word of his obit on...
aberjhani's picture
Jul.30.2012
“…You are looking at the miracles and missing the meaning behind the miracles.”--Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright (public release PR photo)   Guerrilla decontextualization is a somewhat ungainly term that falls more out of line than in line with similar coined phrases such as: guerrilla marketing,...
bob-mustin's picture
Jun.27.2012
Even with writing from staples of the journalistic essay - sex, romance, humor, and, of course, NYC - Ephron found ways to freshen up those old subjects and make them contemporary.  In the 60s, during a protracted newspaper strike, she and others began their own newspaper, where Ephron...
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Jun.21.2012
Aristotle once wrote (and here I'm paraphrasing, but only slightly) that all writing should either entertain or inform. The thing that bugs me these days is that there's more journalistic entertaining going on than informing, and a lot of this entertainment poses as news. Information. Reportage....
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Jun.09.2012
Joni Mitchell, by Mark Bego   image via greenobles.com Biographies about living persons, particularly celebrities, are problematic, well, because of the obvious – that life isn’t yet complete. It’s unclear that Bego had Mitchell’s approval to write this book, and, as I suspect here,...
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May.30.2012
This is really a movie about Martha Gellhorn. To paraphrase her: here, Hemingway is the footnote to her life. Nicole Kidman is an eminently capable actress; she seems to lose herself elegantly in this somewhat tainted, overly dramatic portrayal. Clive Owen's acting skills have always...
bob-mustin's picture
May.22.2012
image via themillions.com   Ernest Hemingway never seems to leave the public consciousness, particularly as a cultural icon.HBO's movie on his tempestuous marriage to Martha Gellhorn will be shown beginning at the end of May, and this piece on Martha might help whet your appetite. the...