This is a drawing of my back, based on a photograph. See how my spine veers sideways like a metronome or a stem in a vase? This is not just a funny pose as when children sing "I'm a Little Teapot." I cannot stand up straight, but found out only last month. You ask how someone could unwittingly become so bent (okay, not folded totally in half, but still), how someone could not know she was skewed sideways as if magnetized, how someone could be so self-unaware.
Ages ago, my college roommate said she'd learned in Psych 1B that eating disorders are nearly incurable, that traces of them linger all your life. Someone old might still -- you know, Sara said, pointing into her open mouth. Or at least want to, after eating cake. Her amber eyes went wide as if to ask outright: Those sounds you make behind the bathroom door, ahem? Like a shy motor revving, then this slo-mo spill evoking knives, shamans and chicken guts.
Candlelight throbs across their so-familiar faces. Branded into our brains, their voices join ours in song while, panicking, we think: I should be jailed for wishing I was bench-pressing right now, or with my high-school clique, or in Taiwan or walking Fluffy or alone.
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".