3 Digital Tools I Used to Write my Master’s Thesis

In April, after more than six months of work, I submitted the thesis I wrote for my master’s in business and economics journalism. At more than 11,000 words and 41 pages long, it was the longest story I’d ever written. I interviewed dozens of people, analyzed hundreds of pages of court documents, submitted and tracked […]

What I’ve been reading

Some links that have caught my eye of late: — 2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist (Via Steve Rubel on Twitter) ((Related: “StateStats: Analyzing Google search patterns“)) As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008. As it happens, studying the […]

Michael Crichton, Master Storyteller, Dead at 66

Michael Crichton has died of cancer at the age of 66. His most popular books, of course, included “Jurassic Park,” “The Andromeda Strain,” and “Timeline.” And while I’ve read many of his thrillers — most recently “Next,” about genetic engineering — my favorite of his books was “Travels,” which I liked for its compelling stories […]

Elmore Leonard on Writing — and New Yorker Stories

A snippet from what Elmore Leonard had to say at the New Yorker festival: “I don’t write New Yorker stories. I mean, my stories are easy to understand. They have a beginning, a middle, and an end.” Leonard — aka the Dickens of Detroit — is one of my favorite writers. Related: his 10 rules […]

Gary Shteyngart on Travel Writing

Rolf Potts recently posted a Q&A on travel writing with author and essayist Gary Shteyngart. Here’re a few snippets I like: How did you get started writing? I’ve been writing since I was a kid in Russia. My grandma paid me in little pieces of cheese for every page I wrote. That’s how you create […]

Thaksin, Manchester City, and Football in Thailand

What does ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s recent return to Thailand mean for Manchester City, the English Premier League team he purchased during his exile? What does his return mean for football (soccer) in Thailand? That was the subject of an AFP story that I wrote last week. You can find it on Yahoo News […]

Scrivener in the New York Times Magazine

Remember Scrivener, the excellent OS X writing application that I mentioned back in July? Virginia Heffernan, in a recent New York Times Magazine story about Mac OS X alternatives to Microsoft Word, gives Scrivener an excellent review: Our redeemer is Scrivener, the independently produced word-processing program of the aspiring novelist Keith Blount, a Londoner who […]

“Getting Things Written”

In “Getting Things Written,” Antony Johnston describes how writers can benefit from the Getting Things Done approach.

Excellent OS X Writing and Project Management App

Scrivener is a remarkably useful Mac-only project management and writing application. I started using it a few months ago, and it’s quickly become a must-have. First off: if you mostly write memos or simple documents that require strict formatting, then you should stick with Word. But if you’re a Mac user looking for something to […]

My Short Item in The Magazine

The current issue of The Magazine (pictured above), a bi-monthly glossy published by the Bangkok Post, contains a very brief item I wrote about Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. (You’ve heard me mention Wilco before, no doubt.) In each issue, various folks are asked to weigh in on their favorite album, book, or movie. The item […]