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    Journalism: My work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Globe & Mail (Canada), The Times- Picayune (New Orleans), The Oregonian, and Willamette Week, as well as in magazines including Details, Vogue, Publishers Weekly, and Portland Monthly.

    Publishing: Tight Shot, my first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Its sequel, Hot Shot, was roundly ignored by everyone, but was a far better book. I'm also a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

    Stage: I was a member of the Groundlings and Circle Repertory West in Los Angeles, and am a playwright (see "Stage" in the right-hand rail).


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August 20, 2008


Alan Cordle

Reading this, I immediately thought of one of Cusack's earliest movies, Better Off Dead, and the famously repeated line: "I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!"


If there's one thing I will never nail any blog post to the wall for it is misspelled words. However if you don't know what you're talking about.... well even there I thought there was some leeway. It certainly has never stopped me.

BTW: The regular starters for the 89 Cubs from memory (No Wikipedia I swear to freaking God)

C Joe Girardi
1B Mark Grace
2B Ryne Sandberg
3B Vance Law
SS Shawon Dunston
LF Dwight Smith (rookie)
CF Jerome Walton (NL Rookie of the Year)
RF Andre Dawson

P Greg Maddux, Scott Sanderson, Uh.... I think Mitch Williams was on that staff.

Okay that's all I got. How'd I do?


I can totally forgive someone for misspelling words in a blog post. I can totally forgive someone for misspelling words who writes on a consistent basis. But when someone is asked to write one lousy special remembrance for a Website that is read by many people.... I mean, if I knew lots of people would be reading my piece, I would be very careful in checking spelling and facts -- wouldn't you? I guess it's appropriate Arianna Huffington got exactly what she paid for.


Michelle, you're absolutely right. It's not a question of a typo or a tiny mistake; it's just sloppy writing, pushed forward by Huffington because it's got a celebrity name attached.

I'm waiting for the first example of some blatant conflict-of-interest -- a blogger writing about his sister-in-law's restaurant or some such -- being promoted on the Huffington Post. Or a piece that flirts with slander or libel. With this complete lack of editing or oversight, it's just a matter of time.

Texas Triffid Ranch

I believe this sort of article is referred to as "celebukkake".

Samuel John Klein

OMG. Can I unread that last comment?

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