At my predominantly white middle and high school, there were several seasons: football season, volleyball season, track season, and black season. At home, a black household in a black neighborhood parented by an Afro-centric mother, it was always black season. The paintings of ankhs and black power fists on the wall, the sounds of Miriam Makeba on the stereo, the moving images of the "Cosby Show" and not "The Simpsons" on the television made the primacy of blackness very clear. At school, though?
But Dern is often at his most convincing when he is not being Dern per se. As a category, the first-person nonfiction essays did the least for me, which meant the book got off to a slow start. However, he had me by the second chapter: “Before We Begin Our Yoga Practice, a Few Words About Our Other Offerings and That Hissing Sound.”First off, points for the title.
Do you feel as if the world is one Wayne LaPierre catchphrase away from complete self-destruction? There’s a TED Talk for that. Do you need to be reminded that somewhere a child is working to prevent cancer rather than sexting? There’s a TED Talk for that. Do you ever wonder what, in the end, PowerPoint is actually good for? There are a lot of TED Talks for that.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".