Why you shouldn’t charge by the word

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I never charge by the word — for writing, for editing, or for anything. The principal at a PR firm recently hired me to write articles for one of their clients. I will be working with the firm and the client to create articles of about 1500 words appropriate for placement in business publications, based … Continued

Duxbury fumbles the firing of its football coach for actions that horrified Jews

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Dave Maimaron, the head coach of the Duxbury, Massachusetts high school football team, condoned policies that made sport of the Holocaust. Then the town cut ties with him. Duxbury’s letter about the firing is evasive and defensive. What happened in Duxbury Imagine that you a high school football fan at a game between Duxbury and … Continued

Could a Trump social network succeed?

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Appearing on Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe’s podcast, Donald Trump teased the idea of launching his own social network. His advisor Stephen Miller said Trump would be returning to social media in two or three months. Could it work? And what would Trump’s social network be like? Could a Trump social network work? In theory, … Continued

The selfish algorithm

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We imagine that competition among social networks reflects companies like Facebook and Google competing for users, eyeballs, and revenue. But what if it is actually the algorithms that compete, manipulating all resources, including companies, to their own ends? In his book The Selfish Gene, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins articulates a counterintuitive view of evolutionary … Continued

Freelance rules

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If you’re fast, I’m fast. If you’re slow, I’m slow. If you’re nice, I do extra work for free. If you’re a pain, I’m expensive. Your project is the most important thing I’m working on right now. Until I start working on something else, that is. If you’re trying to save the world, I’m delighted … Continued

17 crucial tasks for the run-up to your book’s publication date

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You’ve completed and turned in your manuscript to the publisher. Congratulations. Time to have a well-earned break, right? Well, maybe for a day or two. There’s typically at least a 5-month gap between when the manuscript is done and your publication date. (That can be shorter if you’re self-publishing, but there’s still a gap.) What … Continued

The racist overtones of the Atlanta shooter’s “really bad day”

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Robert Aaron Long confessed to shooting eight people in the Atlanta area on Tuesday. Captain Jay Baker, spokesperson for the Cherokee County sheriff’s office, said he had a “really bad day.” Is this how we now describe white people committing mass shootings? What Capt. Baker actually said In this space, I evaluate people’s actual words … Continued

No place like home (office)

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I was featured in an article in The New York Times today. The point was that some people have actually felt more comfortable during the pandemic than with their lives before — a sentiment that applies, at least partially, to me. My ability to control my environment and be close to my immediate family is … Continued