The only reason for watching Gangs of New York, the overblown new film from Martin Scorsese, is Daniel Day-Lewis, whose performance as the vicious nativist William Cutting includes some truly awesome butchery, mainly on pigs. The character, a Yankee gang leader, uses hanging carcasses to show his proteges the fastest way to kill a man. His knifework is something to behold. What makes Day-Lewis's act so mesmerising is the way he combines bloodthirsty fury with meticulous craftsmanship.
Read Harder 2018 is here! Before geeking out over what books to read for each challenge task, I took a moment to look back over the books I’ve read for Read Harder in years past. What struck me immediately was how many excellent books I’ve read in recent years that I never would have picked up if not for Read Harder. For me, this is the essence of what makes Read Harder such a fantastic challenge. It has opened up so many possibilities in my reading life.
I was about to make spaghetti carbonara last week when the news came in that eating bacon could raise my risk of breast cancer. A study from the University of Glasgow based on 260,000 women found that middle-aged British women who ate just 9g of processed meat a week – equivalent to three rashers of bacon – were 15 per cent more likely to get breast cancer than those who ate none. Suddenly, the unsmoked streaky bacon in my fridge looked sinister. Should I switch to courgette carbonara instead?
The kindest person I ever knew (I dedicated my first book to her) died this week. Dr Anthea Morrison, RIP. We will remember you in every Victoria sponge & jar of apricot jam. The world is a sadder place. https://t.co/XhqOk0wY7X
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".