Summer before last I received an email from Ernest Farrés, a Catalan poet and journalist visiting San Francisco and doing research for a book on Luis Cernuda, the Spanish poet whose work I translated for about 15 years and who, toward the end of his life in the early 1960s, had taught at San Francisco State. Farrés wanted to know if I knew where in the city Cernuda had lived while there. I did not, but connected him with someone who I thought would.
Power players, chick manipulators, woman haters with entitled attitudes, bosses whose offices have casting couches, guys of all kinds with animal instincts driven by surges of excess testosterone and other ungovernable urges — cool your jets. Your day has come and gone. Your time is up. The tide has turned. Things have changed.
Weekend before last I spent four days and nights in a conference hotel in downtown Minneapolis talking about various problems and pleasures of writing with some 500 other nerds of words, also known as literary translators. There were discussions of formal and technical matters, of political aspects of literature, of publishing strategies, of the idiosyncrasies of individual practice, and there were lots of readings, at the hotel and in various venues around town.
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".