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It’s a slow, hot, ashy Friday

… and nobody’s actually getting any work done. I can tell. You’re all just burning Rilo Kiley songs from your office iTunes server, and worrying about whether your ex now knows your look at his/her Friendster profile. So it’s a wonderful time to take a look at the offerings at the website of this blog’s tender-yet-firm foster parent, There you’ll find:

- Tips on how to pitch to Variety’s new V Life Weekend section. Remember, it’s easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God, which means that overpaid Hollywood executives need your insight on how to spend their kingdom of God-less weekends.

- Next Thursday, presents a seminar on breaking into ghostwriting, taught by experienced ghostwriter Laurel House. I’m actually thinking of hiring someone to ghostwrite a few FishbowlLA items, so email me if you’re interested.

- Wow, these party-goers in San Francisco think they work in ‘media and film.’ In San Francisco! That’s so cute!

- My sister over at FishbowlNY writes up Jon Stewart’s appearance at a Magazine Publishers of America conference in a Proust-like multi-parter. (And here!)

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