Abraham Lincoln, a library book and the long path to publicationForty years ago, I checked out O Captain! The Death of Abraham Lincoln by LeRoy Hayman from a local library. It was due March 9, 1978. I know this because I still have it. I never returned the book. I was a nine-year-old kid with a fascination for local history, which was also U.S. history. Growing up in Falls Church, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the Nation’s Capital, history was all around me.
Imagine a vermin-infested apartment in a tenement building in Mexico City with holes in the floor and Picassos on the wall. The balcony offers views of the hospital that would occasionally disgorge body parts into the landfill behind her apartment. If this sounds like a scene out of Twin Peaks, you’re not far off.
NEARLY A DECADE AGO, Tod Goldberg wrote a short story about a mob-connected hit man from Chicago who goes undercover in Las Vegas as a rabbi. That story, “Mitzvah,” turned into the novel Gangsterland, and now with the publication of Gangster Nation has turned into a series and possibly a television show. I spoke with Tod via email about the evolution of the series and the development of its exceptionally conflicted protagonist, Sal Cupertine.
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".