Jun

28

2010

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“Curators of Talent”

Tweet Two weeks ago, a knucklehead muckety-muck at Forbes announced to TechCrunch that it was going to cut back paying journalists. It no longer wants to engage seasoned professionals to research and craft expensive articles. Instead, it planned to get its stories from a thousand unpaid bloggers. It’s going crowdsourced, the empty suit said, and […]

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Jun

23

2010

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Today when I was in Philly

Tweet Today, after countless satellite interviews, I finally lost my studio interview cherry to Kerri-Lee Halkett, a bright and friendly anchor at Fox Philly (Fox 29) in Philadelphia. I found it hard to be nervous after having walked the plank with an IFB in my ear so many times. It was also a treat to […]

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Jun

22

2010

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening: All My Tweets

Tweet I just got back from the grand opening events of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park. I covered it for so many outlets that I don’t feel like typing those words together ever again. I wrote it up or shot it for Aol, WalletPop.com, Gadling.com, and […]

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Jun

16

2010

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening: Media access

Tweet I’m at the grand opening week of the new Harry Potter land at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando. Daniel Radcliffe is here somewhere! I’ll see him tomorrow. And ride the ride. And more. It’s one big party-cum-reds release in 97-degree humid heat. Even the fake snow on Hogsmeade village looks like it could […]

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Jun

13

2010

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The view from the Hot Seat

Tweet If you’ve ever wondered what TV’s talking heads are looking at during satellite interviews, this is it. This is Fix News in New York City. I get an earpiece and I stare at the black glass plate under the bright light. I can see the time and myself (and at this hour, another monitor […]

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Jun

13

2010

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The Emigrating Apostrophe

Tweet I used to assume that many Western Europeans understood English better than Americans do. I suppose that is still true (it’s definitely true for American current events), but I spotted the dreaded plural apostrophe everywhere, including at this menu in Berlin’s Sony Center.

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Jun

7

2010

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The case of the missing Berlin Wall

Tweet Every city has its Penn Station. Every modern city, at some point, eats its young and then regrets the decision. New York wrecked its cathedral to rail travel. London knocked down Euston Station and tossed it into the swamps. And Berlin, ironically, had its Wall. Yesterday in Berlin, I asked a wide-eyed German working […]

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Jun

1

2010

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Overheard in American accents in Venice

Tweet “I wonder if they have Ed Hardy up here.” “How did I learn Italian? I came for study abroad.” To a gondolier: “Where in the river do you go?” “This place is like a jigsaw puzzle. I’ll show you.” “East of the Mississippi, there are more deer now than in 1607. Whaddaya think of […]

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May

31

2010

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Fedora, Rollerina, and why I am stuck in New York City

Tweet It started when I stepped on my laptop. I learned that when you step on a laptop screen, it makes a satisfying crunching sound, but the satisfaction is extremely short-lived. That horrifying incident happened right after the Eurovision broadcast ended. I immediately phoned Apple to see if I could get it fixed quickly. My […]

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May

28

2010

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Is Sarah Palin the second coming of Andrew Jackson?

Tweet I saw Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Public Theater. It grabbed me. Musicals that portray little-known aspects of American life strike a chord in me: Floyd Collins and Dreamgirls are two of my favorites, and my thesis musical at NYU, Americo Presents the Stars and Stripe Cavalcade, was a Cabaret-style skewering of all […]

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