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Posts Tagged ‘Linda Holmes’

Your NPR Name, Like Your Drag Queen Name Only Unpronounceable

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Linda Holmes on NPR’s MonkeySee blog writes:

In a roundabout way (by which I mean via Peter Sagal‘s Twitter feed), I discovered this entirely user-created and absolutely unofficial time-killer in which you discover “Your NPR name.”

The rules: Take the first letter of your middle name and insert it anywhere you’d like in your first name. And then your last name is the smallest foreign town you’ve ever visited. Presto: You too can compete with Korva Coleman, Lakshmi Singh and Mandalit del Barco.

My NPR name? Alinda Castelldefels, which you must admit is awesome. I am absolutely using that next time they let me on the radio.

This fishie’s NPR name? Tinam Ollantaytambo…all the consonants are silent, by the way.

This game – created by Liana Maeby – her site can be found here. Her NPR name? Liarna Kassel.

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Did the NYT Get Punk’d by the DABA Girls?

banks600.jpgA little background first for those of you not up to speed on the women of DABA (Dating a Banker Anonymous). Earlier this week the New York Times profiled a group of women who had started a “support” website where they could complain to each other about how their “quality of life” has suffered now that their banker boyfriends find themselves out of work. The homepage of the website declares: “Are you or someone you love dating a banker? If so, we are here to support you through these difficult times. Dating A Banker Anonymous (DABA) is a safe place where women can come together — free from the scrutiny of feminists — and share their tearful tales of how the mortgage meltdown has affected their relationships.” Per the Times piece:

In addition to meeting once or twice weekly for brunch or drinks at a bar or restaurant, the group has a blog, billed as “free from the scrutiny of feminists,” that invites women to join “if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life.

Not surprisingly the article created an immediate uproar on the Internets, which was further compounded by rumors that the group of women had landed themselves a book deal (people we’ve talked to in publishing say the details on the deal, including whether it has actually happened, are still fuzzy). However over at NPR Linda Holmes isn’t buying any of it! She thinks the whole thing is some elaborate hoax.

**UPDATE** The Times responds to Holmes’ assertion, after the jump.

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