The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie -
On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace.
The search for blues history that reads like a mystery novel and shows the continuing power of music a century after it is recorded.
via Romenesko, a BuzzFeed-style hed from the 1906 New York World
One mustn’t be so rigid or egotistical to think that every comma is sacrosanct. — Edward Albee (via theparisreview)
What are the implications of apps like Whisper and Secret for journalism? Nieman Lab takes a look at how some journalists are using anonymous secret-sharing apps.
It’s a cultural problem. There is still far too much tolerance for anecdotal evidence as the foundation for news stories. — The NYT’s Aron Pilholfer in an interview about the need for more data driven reporting. (via endofjournalism)
Internet slang. We used to make an effort to avoid this, and now I see us all falling back into the habit. We want to sound like regular adult human beings, not Buzzfeed writers or Reddit commenters. Therefore: No “epic.” No “pwn.” No “+1.” No “derp.” No “this”/”this just happened.” No “OMG.” No “WTF.” No “lulz.” No “FTW.” No “win.” No “amazeballs.” And so on. Nothing will ever “win the internet” on Gawker. As with all rules there are exceptions. Err on the side of the Times, not XOJane. — Max Read, Editor, Gawker, in a memo to staff, via Poynter. Gawker bans ‘Internet slang’. (via futurejournalismproject)
John McPhee: The Art of the Interview : The New Yorker
Cover Story: Mac DeMarco -
With his gap-toothed smirk and carefree tunes, Mac DeMarco has quickly become the goofball prince of indie rock. Now he wants to be taken seriously—while still reserving the right to crack a fart joke if necessary.
really nice presentation
Speaking this afternoon @SXSW the rather fine “writer who draws” @austinkleon pimping his new book ~ #showURwork #sxswi. This was taken from his first book “Steal like an artist”.
18 Brilliant Quotes from Nate Silver @FiveThirtyEight -
Jon Stewart suggests that Nate Silver, statistician, blogger at FiveThirtyEight and author of The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction, should ask people to bow down to him and that he should call himself Lord and God of the Algorithm. Why?
In the 2008…