Don Cornelius and the Soul Train Kids’ 1972 interview with Ike and Tina Turner with their responses edited out in the SoundCloud above. You can respond in their place. You have 10 seconds for each answer.
“So, why am I writing about all this now? Well, my friend Jeremiah Moss wrote up a post on Vanishing New York yesterday, and dropped it onto my Facebook timeline with the question, “Is your heart still beating?” According to Jeremiah’s piece, Bleecker Bob’s is soon to become a —- WAIT FOR IT — Starbuck’s. … Enjoy your grande frappuccinos, you fuckers.”
I think I’ve been to Bleecker Bob’s maybe once, but it’s ingrained in my head from building dodgeball.com back in 2001. Bleecker Bob was the edge case that taught me to deal w/ the nuances in the different ways in which people spelled “Bleecker” and the different places on Bleecker Street that all had “Bleecker” in the name (Bleecker Bob, Bleecker Bar, Bleecker Books)
ps: has anyone ever made a list of “legendary” NYC venues that have been replaced by Starbucks? (Like a side-by-side “The Bean, East Village -> Starbucks in Dec 2011”)
for all i think of my tumblr as me vomiting my feelings all over the internet, i actually don’t think i wrote a ton of personal stuff here until the day i decided to drop out of harvard. and that was kind of necessity-born too, but in a different way.
i mean most english classes i took at harvard, we got some kind of handout with a bunch of basic guidelines which were pretty useless to anyone who had taken an english class before. anyway. the second time around wasn’t any better - i think maybe i cried even more because it was on macbeth and i hated macbeth.
Barbara Walters 1995 interview with Courtney Love except her responses have been edited out in the SoundCloud above, so you can respond about Kurt’s suicide in her place. You have 10 seconds for each answer.
Mark Strand’s first appearance at the Unterberg Poetry Center of 92nd Street Y took place in April of 1965. He was one of four winners (Robert David Cohen, Jim Harrison and Nancy Sullivan were the others) of that year’s “Discovery” poetry contest, which the Poetry Center continues to oversee to this day.
“They could hire 3,000 people overnight,” said Jennifer Rigoni, who was Apple’s worldwide supply demand manager until 2010, but declined to discuss specifics of her work. “What U.S. plant can find 3,000 people overnight and convince them to live in dorms?”
It would be nice to cross-reference this article with the dust-up a couple weeks ago about how hard it is to be an engineer at a startup and whining and what not. I mean, here’s a bunch of people celebrating indentured servitude as a competitive edge who just weeks ago were getting all teary eyed because some start up CEO committed suicide. Foxconn has more employee suicide in a quarter than Silicon Valley does in a decade — and the people getting rousted at midnight to climb onto an assembly line because Steve Jobs is a dick aren’t doing it because they are eyeing a 10x exit 24 months down the road. They are expected to get rousted out of bed periodically for the rest of their lives because some 10x asshole wants to change a radius curve measure but needs to hit quarterly numbers, so he can’t wait until, you know tomorrow.
"Our only obligation is making the best product possible by taking jobs out of the US and employing efficient slave labor camps, while raking in $400,000 in profit per employee (more than Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobil or Google). It’s breathtaking."
Ned Hepburn has worked with/for Interview, Black Book, Vice, MTV news, Thought Catalog, Bust, National Geographic Channel. I wrote to him and asked how he got started as a freelance writer and what’s his writing routine. He wrote back to me!
“Right now, not many people are paying for writing, which is terrible. But the doors are wide open, as long as you don’t mind the shitty pay. It really is just about getting that first step. Once you have a few articles online, you can then start emailing editors “hey, my name is ____, I have this and this online, I’d love to pitch you these ideas”, etc.
I’ve just been very, very persistent in emailing people. A couple days ago I sent out, what, 20 emails? To pitch one article. And two people replied. One person said no. The other said maybe. It is what it is. You need a thick skin. And probably another source of income. It’s a persistence game….Learn how to write shorter emails, too. Editors don’t have time to read a 350-word pitch.
I used to think it was incredibly romantic to write into the wee hours of the night, often while drinking, because that’s what I thought my heroes (Thompson and Hemingway in particular) did. But I started writing in the morning, with breakfast (toast, fruit, coffee), and I found that was when I had the clearest thoughts. A lot of it has to do with timing, finding out what time of the day works best for you.
Just get in there and do it. You’ll mess up, and by the nature of the job, you’ll mess up in front of people. But that’s half the fun. Laugh it off and try again. Never stop trying.
A few days ago, I retweeted the same Childish Gambino lyrics from about twenty different people, twenty times. The line is roughly, "Eating oreos like the white girls that blow me." I meant to retweet them over at @WhitePowerMilk, but (happily) accidentally put them on my personal account. I think that’s how this conversation got started about retweet curation, twitter as “art”, and what it means to be a troll…
@kurokowa says: Dude, I’m done, I just can’t take it anymore #intheunfollowcategory
@nateXhill says: why are you telling me you’re unfollowing? What’s your motivation here?
@nateXhill says: Maybe I have something to learn from someone who wants to make a thing out of unfollowing me?
@kurokowa says: following someone is a public endorsement, I wanted my #unfollow to be just as public.
Specific holes: I’d like some who’s good with the financing side (potentially someone who’s covered venture capital, can parse a term sheet, etc.) and someone who’s good with finding Fat, Pale Jewish Ass-y angles on big national tech stories.
I just found out that she has passed :( I’m sad. i know her music will live on forever & I believe it should be played more..when I told 2 of my friends they asked me who that was…I was shocked! how do you NOT know who Etta James was!!!!!!!!!!! Oh. My. Goodness!
… you almost feel like ‘this is how a heartache feels like’ and then it suddenly turns into relief.
I just had one. Thought something happened; even though, logically I knew his phone would more than likely be cut off. But I started to worry until I hear his ringtone cut in and I cried in relief. An emotion of relief came over and I just kept crying because I thought something happened when it was what I logically knew—the phone was cut off. Don’t think my ex realizes the fear (believe that’s the right term) that just came over me to change in a split second to relief. Smdh.