I'm a generalist whose obsession with matters culinary and musical has led me to write about black farmers, Appalachian food culture, Chinese grocery stores, Jack White, and New York City's clown population. My work has appeared in a variety of publications, including New York; OxfordAmerican.org...
Language is the foundation of understanding, but it starts at a remove. I was in Paris this week for work, the first time I'd been since I was 18. Then, I was most infatuated with what foreign McDonald's looked like; that's embarrassing, but a lot of experiences in life begin with delighting in something just a degree or two removed from that with which you are already comfortable.It was that way with the language, too.
I'm back in West Virginia today. I've been here a lot lately, working on projects that are exciting and unexpected and I'm not sure I'm allowed to talk about just yet. They've changed the way I see the place, because they involve seeing the place as outsiders see it—translating it. Maybe that's what I'm always doing when I write about home, but most of the time it feels less like translating it for someone else and more like decoding it for myself.The last time I was here was just two weeks ago.
My favorite yoga teacher closed her studio a few months back. Yoga appeals to me because you can always go deeper into it—more controlled movements, more complicated poses—and it's as much of a mental practice as a physical one; this teacher always met us with that depth, and her teaching helped me see a hard lesson that sounds simple, which is that you are where you are, and you have to show up there before you can go anywhere else.I can see the struggle on your faces, she said in one class.
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".