Freelance humor writer, author of Anonymous Lawyer (http://anonymouslawfirm.com). Pieces at McSweeney's, The Barnes & Noble Review, The New Republic, Wall Street Journal, and more. Working on a second novel, film and TV projects. Available for editing/writing/script consulting.
A little over a week ago we passed the gestational age when our first son was born. 28 and 2. 28 weeks, 2 days. And it passed without a whisper of distress, without an inkling of what was to come five days later. It genuinely seemed like our fears might have been just that — fears. And that we were on our way to something different and better than what we’d previously experienced. We weren’t naive — we didn’t really think we were making it to 40 weeks.
Dear Parents Who Are Planning to Trick or Treat With Their Baby:You are usually the first to arrive at my home on the most hallowed of eves. I hear the bell ring and think, “Oh, how delightful! Ragamuffins adorned in topical garb have begun to arrive, sacks of hope outstretched like nougat dreamcatchers!” I bound to the door, bowl of primo sweets in hand, eager to greet the night’s first wave of tiny superheroes. But what’s this?
Parents, kids, medical professionals, so glad you could make it today! I know the invitation was a little vague, so I’m thrilled that some of you went ahead and brought your swimsuits and others—thanks, Chuck—brought a stretcher, oxygen mask, and portable defibrillator. It’s going to be a blast—literally, sometime in the second hour, so watch for any flying debris.
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
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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".