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Posts Tagged ‘Rebecca Traister’

Broadway & Politics Get Booked

Tonight at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn, Gail Collins will host a conversation with Rebecca Traister (Salon.com columnist and author of Big Girls Don’t Cry: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, and the Year That Changed Everything).

Last year we interviewed Traister about her work as a 21st Century political reporter. Here’s an excerpt: “I’m not a traditional political beat reporter … As soon as I would write something, I would get hundreds and sometimes thousands of people telling me what they thought. It helped me understand what the sentiment was out there, at least among the sector of people I was writing for.”

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Rebecca Traister on Writing Political Books in the 21st Century

rtauthorphoto.jpgMore than any other generation of writers, 21st Century political reporters know exactly what their readership is thinking–bombarded daily with comments, blog posts, and emails.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Rebecca Traister, Salon.com columnist and author of the upcoming book, Big Girls Don’t Cry. She discussed her recent op-ed about Sarah Palin and gave advice for writers hoping to cover the 2012 election.

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“I’m not a traditional political beat reporter,” Traister said, explaining how her work at Salon.com shaped the book. “As soon as I would write something, I would get hundreds and sometimes thousands of people telling me what they thought. It helped me understand what the sentiment was out there, at least among the sector of people I was writing for. There’s some of that in my book–I write about the reactions I got at Salon, because they helped me understand how these conversations were playing out across the country.”

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wowOwow Launches Books Campaign

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The website wowOwow has launched a new reading project called “Words Move Me,” asking readers and literary celebrities to explain which books inspire them. Editors Note: An earlier version of this post referenced a Sony Reader giveaway that has already ended.

If you need inspiration, here are of a few of this GalleyCat editor’s favorites. Salon.com senior writer Rebecca Traister confessed her love for Willa Cather‘s “My Antonia;” “Practical Magic” author Alice Hoffman cheered “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte; and finally, “Prospect Park West” author Amy Sohn explained her feelings for Mary Gordon‘s “Final Payments.”

Here’s a post from Judith Martin (Miss Manners) about the book that moves her: “For relief I turn to Henry James‘ “The Death of the Lion” for the best description of the sort of newspaper editor I used to work for…”