Alex and Neil have together created the fabulous As Kingfishers Catch Fire, charting the relationship between birds and literature. Novelist and journalist Alex, a birdwatcher in his early teens, has compiled the words from Keats to Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. And Neil, an internationally acclaimed graphic artist, perhaps best known for those wonderful Bill Bryson book covers, has produced the fabulous illustrations.
Orhan Pamuk’s 10th novel, the short, deceptively simple The Red-Haired Woman, is prefaced by three quotes: one from Nietzsche on the myth of Oedipus, one from Sophocles’s play Oedipus Rex, then one from the Persian poet Ferdowsi, whose epic Shahnameh contains within it a kind of mirror of Oedipus Rex in which a father mistakenly kills his son. The Red-Haired Woman is a book that pores over father-son relationships with almost painful intensity.
According to Herodotus, Xerxes, king of Persia, was marching through Asia Minor on his way to invade Greece when he came upon a plane tree by the banks of the river Maeander. So beautiful was the tree that Xerxes adorned it with gold and jewels and stationed a soldier beneath to protect it. While we might not all make such lavish gestures, we can surely recognise the instinct – to celebrate the beauty of trees, to acknowledge their place in our lives.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".