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Archive for May 2014

Revealed: the Flannery O’Connor/Lucinda Williams connection

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Lucinda Williams once chased Flannery O’Connor’s peacocks … When Williams was kindergarten age in the late ‘50s, she and her father, the poet Miller Williams, drove from Macon, Ga., to Milledgeville, Ga., to visit the great Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor as invited guests. “She had a strict daily schedule when she was writing,” Williams said … “She wasn’t ready to receive guests when we got there so we sat on the porch until she finished writing. I chased her peacocks all around the yard. My father loves to tell that story.”

Lucinda Williams draws from where the spirit meets the bone (Tallahassee Democrat)

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May 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Best insult of a workplace environment buried in a profile of Spotify of all time of the week

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Aside from walls made from whiteboards, it feels like a place where people would go to sit around, smoke pot, and listen to John Legend.

Spotify Hits 10 Million Paid Users. Now Can It Make Money? (Businessweek)

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May 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

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Favorite Dropbox error message of all time of the week

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dropboxI don’t enjoy it when Dropbox version control fails, but I do enjoy that doing so appends “Jimmy Guterman’s conflicted copy” to the name of the file. Instead of a technical error, it makes it seem like I’m conflicted about the copy I wrote or edited, which is sometimes often true.

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May 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Best premise for a science fiction story of all time of the week

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On Wednesday, Mr. Roth told the crowd that next week he would be getting an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary, “where I will be introduced by Mae West.”

Philip Roth Receives Yaddo Artist Medal — In Person (NYT)

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May 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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Stephen Wolfram’s Excellent Adventure

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The last freelance assignment I took before I joined Collective Next last year has just been published. It’s a profile of Stephen Wolfram for strategy+business, a magazine that was published by Booz and Company when I did the work and is now published by PwC. (Long print publishing cycles means your magazine might get bought out while your draft is in proofs.)

The idea behind the profile was to write about Wolfram not as a scientist, which has been done 10 zillion times, but as the idiosyncratic and very successful founder and CEO of an idiosyncratic and very successful company. I had a lot of room to riff on everything from Isaac Newton’s back-cover book-quote policy to what it’s like to run a company via the phone.

My only disappointment with the piece (which was edited, expertly, by Paul Michelman) is that it isn’t accompanied by this photograph, in which MacArthur Fellow and TED speaker Wolfram stands alongside former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who probably hasn’t read all 1,192 pages of A New Kind of Science:

Stephen 'n' Slash

Stephen ‘n’ Slash

You can read the article here.

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May 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm