Gawker.com Internal ‘Writer’s Styleguide’ is a Totally Fascinating Read

In the wake of the news that borderline tabloid news website Gawker.com is being shut down after losing a $125,000,000 lawsuit against former TV-wrestling celebrity Hulk Hogan, the news mills around the web have been churning out a lot of very interesting content. While I’m not a big fan of reading gossip, this internal document of company writing standards and how-to’s that Gawker.com provides to its writers is a very interesting read, indeed.

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Future Topics For the Serial Podcast

Now that Serial, Season 1, is over, I’ve been thinking about some stories that would be better told in the Serial format, slowly examining one angle at a time, with the soul of the story building over time.

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The Time I Met Joan Rivers

I occasionally get invited to attend performances at a Resort / Casino in the Palm Springs area by a family member who has hookups there. Usually what happens is we’ll get seats to a performance, and often before the show, my wife and I will get the opportunity to meet and greet with the performer. Usually, the performer is kinda in a trance, stuck in their own thoughts, presumably preparing mentally for their performance, and the meet and greet is more like a quiet handshake and a picture, and that’s that. But one time, Joan Rivers did a show there, and in the meet and greet, she was clearly a much different kind of person than many of the other performers that we’d been able to meet, and I also got some interesting insight into what kind of business woman she is. It was illuminating.

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