I discovered today that one of the best ways I can get motivated to really dive into a story is to get someone to tell me, 'No.' If I ask for information or an interview, and am turned down, it is highly likely my emotional investment in the story will increase dramatically as I work feverishly to make the denial of cooperation irrelevant, to route around it and obtain the information by other means.
My friend Ben, who I've known since high school, won the Christian Science Monitor's August photography contest. Here's the brilliant shot that won, and a site with more from the same excursion.
Guy in a series of excellent Monday posts. This is consistently the most provokative and at times funniest weblogs I read. Of course, I can hear Guy in my head saying all this stuff, and I have no idea if it's nearly as entertaining if you've never met Guy. Anyway, here is Guy, who is gay, on the TV show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy:
I think they should have a similar show where african americans teach white people how to dance well, and steal things, and be lazy. Because, by god, our differences as people shouldn't be a source for anger and hatred, they should be a source for mockery and condescention. I would call this show either "funk eye for the jive honkey" or "rap videos". Because america loves a minstrel show.