(Part 5 in the series. Here’s Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4).
1. SEO is science. Headlines are art.
2. Signs you’re getting older: you start to pay a littttttttttle bit more attention to the medicine commercials on the nightly news.
3. Saddest thing I’ve read in a while, from Nieman Journalism Lab:
“I don’t think you should pay for news,” Eric, a 22-year-old Chicagoan, said. “That’s something everybody should be informed in. Like, you’re going to charge me for information that’s going on around the world?” And then there’s 19-year-old Sam from San Francisco: “I really wouldn’t pay for any type of news because as a citizen it’s my right to know the news.”
4. Am I out of touch if I tell you that I don’t use any online calendar or fancy digital this and that to keep track of everything, I still use a Filofax?
5. Hey, aspiring writers! If you have talent and you’re ambitious and you work really, really hard, then maybe someday a web site will let you write for them for free!
I got a nice note from an old TV Squad reader. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. I don’t know the age of this reader and I don’t want to imply that they’re old just because I worded things badly. Not that there’s anything wrong with being old, and who’s to judge what “old” is? I just meant that TV Squad hasn’t been around for several years now and this person used to read it. Maybe instead I should say “someone who used to read TV Squad?”
ANYWAY, she wanted to know what TV shows I watch these days. I don’t write about television daily like I used to – thank God – but I still watch quite a bit of it. Here are the shows I never miss (in alphabetical order):
CBS Sunday Morning
Last Man Standing
Person Of Interest
The Price Is Right
Sherlock (the PBS one)
If I’m not watching one of those I’m probably watching Turner Classic Movies.
Before the final season of Mad Men starts tonight, head on over to The Saturday Evening Post for links to interviews with the cast and creator, essays, videos, even some ideas for throwing a Mad Men-themed party (you’ll need cigarettes and fondue).
Oh, and Happy Easter! I have not eaten a marshmallow Peep in 30 years.
If you haven’t heard, The X-Files is coming back to television later this year. I have a piece up at Esquire that lists the things I want to see in this new miniseries.
A lot of TV shows are rebooted and you scratch your head and ask “why?” But I’m really looking forward to this.
Yeah, I know, you never received February’s issue of The Letter (if I can even call them “issues”). I had planned to get one out at the end of February but I had a technical problem with the super-sophisticated software that produces each letter and there was a production mishap at the plant in California that delayed things (actually, I simply forgot to do it but the other excuses sound much more impressive). So the next letter will be for March and you should have it next week. We’ll be back on a monthly schedule again with this letter.
In the meantime, go over to my friend Jennifer Armstrong’s site and read her great how-to on the business of being a freelance writer (with a guest appearance by yours truly) as well as her follow-up on the economics of writing books. And speaking of books, buy her book that takes a look behind the scenes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. A really great read.