Wednesday, December 30, 2009

In your experience, what is the most delicious use of bacon?

Eating it...

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If you were going to give advice to a woman who wanted to break into on-line journalism, what would it be?

Have you seen my work history? Blog for fun, but don't quit your day job unless you miss eating Ramen and Mac & Cheese for dinner, hate buying new clothes, dislike the daily company of others, and can stand constant attacks on your looks, intelligence, point of view, everything you've ever written and anything you've ever done.

Yeah, I'm kind of a masochist.

In terms of real advice, I'd say if you're just out of school, you're probably screwed unless somewhere you've interned is hiring a fact checker. If you're mid-career, you'll either have to market yourself well as an expert in your field, and/or write for free or almost-free while still at your day job for at least a year or two before you can pick up enough steady freelance work to cover your Ramen and wine bills. Be sure you really want to do it, because it's not lucrative, it's often not fun, it's not steady work these days and you need a thick skin. But that's gender-free advice.

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Favorite person you have ever dated? Least favorite? And why to both?

The favorite is obviously the person I am currently dating, or else I wouldn't currently be dating him.

The least favorite would be the compulsive liar I dated in 2003. He'd be tied with the one from the 90s, but the latter gentleman passed away last year so he gets a pass these days.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

If you could suggest five experiences everyone in America should have that would most improve them as people, what would they be?

1. Live somewhere far away from your comfort zone for long enough that you stop minding that you're not home.
2. Talk to people who aren't like you and who disagree with you without jumping down their throats.
3. At least once, do something "unladylike" if you're a woman, and "girly" if you're a man--and preferably as often as you want.
4. Hold someone you care about while they cry without asking them to hush or stop.
5. When you're unhappy with something in your life, change it.

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Don't you sometimes hate blogging?

Beats the hell out of lobbying on most days so... not really.

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Where in the world would you live if money were not an issue? What would do with your time?

If money were not an issue, I wouldn't live anywhere. I'd just travel to as many places as I possibly could, and talk to as many people as I possibly could. I'd probably keep a home base of sorts in New York, and maybe Berlin.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Jersey Shore Name Generator

My friend Lilit sent me the "Jersey Shore" name generator. It generously named me "Snickers."

Yesterday, in the midst of a sugar craving, I looked longingly at that snack in the office vending machine. I insist this is a coincidence.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I still write things

And right now, you can read one of them on The Guardian: Public options and women's choices