New life goal is to have a WSJ stipple portrait that’s half as sexy as Kim Gordon’s.
Met all my deadlines this week and celebrating with some Janis Ian.
"Journalists my age and younger (I’ve been in the business since 2005—right around the time digital media emerged as a plausible career option) have never operated under the illusion that a staff job at The New Yorker or a New York Times column was in our future. But nearly a decade into the digital-media revolution, another shift has occurred. It’s not just that journalists understand former “prestige” jobs will be nearly impossible to get. Now we don’t even want them."
I did a tiny interview with The Riveter.
"Is Hollywood catching up to a shift that the rest of us have long come to accept? It used to be that adulthood began in your late teens or early 20s. And “It” girls — beautiful media darlings credited with “capturing the moment” in fashion and culture — were correspondingly young. Their résumés have traditionally consisted of little more than a few modeling gigs. Thanks to a crippling recession and stagnant job market, most young people today don’t start coming into their own until their late 20s or early 30s. And with Nyong’o, there’s finally an “It” girl who reflects that."
"In the past, even when US publications concerned themselves with news beyond our borders, most were still publishing with American readers in mind. That’s clearly not the case anymore. Digital publishing has erased the previously prohibitive costs of reaching news consumers in a variety of time zones. It’s also allowed for homegrown competition to proliferate. If BuzzFeed, for example, ever decides it wants to lure more Indian readers, it’ll have to compete with Scoop Whoop, a site that aims to “curate and create stories that are relevant to India.” These days, gaining international readers means hiring journalists who understand what those readers want. And even if those journalists are employed by US-based publications, odds are most of them are not going to be American."
“‘I don’t shine if you don’t shine’ is a lesson I learned from my best friend Amina” - ME
"My friend Ann has this concept she calls Shine Theory. It basically means, ‘I don’t shine if you don’t shine.’" - AMINA
When you share a great inside joke or an eternally relevant insight with a close friend, it becomes impossible to say which one of you came up with it first.