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Richard Horgan

[Email contact:; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press).

Freelancers Caught in the Middle of Sister2Sister Bankruptcy Filing

It’s a familiar scenario; but for anyone suddenly told by a newspaper or magazine that they cannot be paid for work dutifully submitted and published, it sucks.

Per Journal-isms’ Richard Prince, this tweet from Manny Otiko reflects the fact that Sister2Sister has been forced to file for bankruptcy protection as it abandons print and seeks to reorganize. From his report:

“The community does not want us to go away,” publisher Jamie Foster Brown said by telephone. She said she especially felt a responsibility to prisoners who “didn’t have a voice” and whom she published in the magazine. “We wanted to teach people through celebrities,” she said. “God comes through other people.”

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Jeff Bercovici Leaving Forbes for Inc.

JeffBercoviciPicThe departure of Nicole Carter from Inc. to Apple has set in motion an interesting subsequent shift. To replace her as the magazine’s San Francisco bureau chief, Inc. has snagged Jeff Bercovici. A rep tells FishbowlNY he will start November 10.

Bercovici has worked as a senior editor at Forbes since 2013. Prior to that, he was a staff writer.

It’s been an interesting, long run for the journalist. He was a columnist with WWD‘s “Memo Pad” from 2004-2006, a staff writer with Radar magazine from 2006-2007, a founding media blogger with Condé Nast’s Portfolio from 2007-2009 and a media columnist at AOL Daily Finance from 2009-2010.

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Post Reporter Revisits Her Descent Into Madness

SusannahCahalanTwitterProfilePicSusannah Cahalan‘s 2012 bestseller Brain on Fire is dedicated to “those without a diagnosis.” When Paul Costello revisits that conundrum on the latest episode of Stanford University’s School of Medicine 1:2:1 podcast series, the author and New York Post reporter gives an answer that will resonate with all who have experienced this personal hell:

“It’s utterly terrifying. And lonely. At this point when I was sick, I was still capable of being coherent. Later on, I would lose that ability.”

“I would have these moments of insight, thinking, ‘What is wrong with me?’ … No one could explain it. And that was so frustrating and so frightening.”

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Syracuse Students Say Yes to Dr. Who Class

DrWhoClassLogoEven though Professor Anthony Rotolo‘s Spring 2015 Dr. Who offering will not be an official class, that hasn’t stopped Syracuse University students from signing up. The fact that the course is free and comes with no homework may also have something to do with it.

Per a Facebook post from the instructor, he’s quickly raced past the number of actors who have played the titular part for the BBC:

More than 200 students have registered in just under two days! Many are Syracuse University students with majors ranging from communications and media to science, tech, film, history and education. Others are students at nearby colleges like Clarkson, SUNY Upstate Medical and Utica College. Others still are friends, alumni and members of the Syracuse area community.

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Slate Columnist Squares Off Against Halloween Meanie

ShutterstockHalloweenHouseWe’re not sure if Emily Yoffe, a.k.a. Dear Prudence, wrote the headline for her latest Slate advice column. But the top of this one leaves little to the imagination as far as where she stands on the opening missive: “Monster.”

The individual being referred to here is a resident of one of America’s richer neighborhoods, who wrote in to complain that kids from poorer areas invade their trick-or-treat stoop each Halloween. Replying to the reader, Yoffe comes as close as an advice columnist can to losing her cool:

Your whine makes me kind of wish that people from the actual poor side of town come this year not with scary costumes but with real pitchforks. Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the one percent live.

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David Ritz Has Five Books Out This Year

Mere mortals are happy with one biography or ghostwriting effort making it on to Amazon in a given year. But David Ritz long ago ceased being merely mortal.

In 2014, Ritz is responsible as a ghostwriter for the autobiographies of Rick James (July 8), Aerosmith’s Joe Perry (October 7) and Andrew Dice Clay (November 11). Today, he’s also got a biography of Aretha Franklin out, which follows his 1999 collaborative effort with the singer on her autobiography.

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Listeners Pick Radio Station’s New Voice

Good idea? Bad idea? Regardless of which side of the argument you choose, there’s no doubt this is a sign of the Internet, American Idol and crowd-funding times.


The new promo-voice of Toronto radio station 88.1 FM (a.k.a. Indie88) is Jennifer Mercer. She was announced on-air this morning after the station narrowed down submissions to five finalists and then asked the listening public to vote:

Jen is a Torontonian who has held a variety of part-time jobs, including being a Katy Perry impersonator – a job she said she is anxious to put behind her now that she’s won. She’s also a copywriter, graphic design professor, voiceover artist and plays in a band.

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A Very Cute Taylor Swift Typo

Sometimes, a headline mistake isn’t simply a headline mistake. It’s also cause for lexicon celebration.


Few people have more riding on their perceived cuteness than current pop sensation Taylor Swift. It’s at the very heart of her appeal.

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The Unpublished Memoir of Simon & Schuster’s Co-Founder

simon schusterThe price tag, $5,000, is steep. But given the author and subject matter – “An unpublished look at American publishing history and practice” – someone is bound (pun intended) to snap up the manuscript.

Written in the late 1950s, Fools Give You Reasons is an 84-page marked-up professional memoir from Simon & Schuster co-founder Richard Simon. As Rebecca Rego Barry, who once worked at Simon & Schuster, blogs:

Several of Simon’s contemporaries published memoirs of their lives in books, e.g. The Memoirs of a Publisher by F.N. Doubleday (1972), At Random by Bennett Cerf (1977) and at S&S, Turning the Pages by editor Peter Schwed (1984). Alas, Simon’s manuscript went unpublished, and had been kept in the family until now.

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The Demographics of Weird N.J. Magazine

Founded in 1989 and still trucking 25 years later, Weird N.J. magazine has added two more issues this year, in May and October.

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If you think the name is weird, the official stance on subscriber demographics is even weirder:

There are no demographics to Weird NJ. We do not cater to anyone other than our readers, who unwittingly steer us in the next direction. We have no set plan as to where each new issue will take us, as the magazine has an open policy of presenting what you think is an odd occurrence, not just our own opinion. “Weird” is not a restricted term in our magazine. It is a celebrated adjective that everyone sees differently.

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