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Mika Brzezinski Shares Experience Battling Eating Disorders

Photo cred: William Atkins / The George Washington University

Photo cred: William Atkins / The George Washington University

Morning Joe co-host and author of Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction–and My Own Mika Brzezinski was at George Washington University Wednesday to discuss eating disorders and her personal experiences for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Brzezinski, who for the past 30 years has suffered several eating disorders, started off by recounting her love of and obsession with food, beginning early in her life.

“My brain would not rest, it just wouldn’t rest, until I was biting in to that first Big Mac,” said Brzezinski. She said that, during high school, she would regularly take an after school visit to McDonald’s for two Big Macs and two large fries, and would obsess over it the entire day.

Early in her career, when she set off into local television, Brzezinski said she would run 12 miles a day in an attempt to look more like the “beauty queens” who were getting promoted around her.

After having her first child, a then size-eight Brzezinski recalled an interview with NBC in which she was told afterwards, “I’m sure you’re very talented…I love your family background…Your education is great…But you look terrible. You need to lose some weight, drink a little water. and come back to me in six months.”

And she did. After several months of working hard to get in shape, Brzezinski sent her NBC contact a photo of herself. She was brought in for an audition and got the job.

For more on Mika’s experience navigating the media profession while battling eating disorders, look to GW’s website toward the end of the week for video of her lecture.

Gabe Sherman Feted by Liberal Group

Party people: PFAW and friends let loose.

Party people: PFAW and friends let loose.

People for the American Way (PFAW) hosted a little office-building soiree for Gabe Sherman‘s book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, the other day. And though Gabe received his due plaudits from the left-leaning crowd, the name on everyone’s lips was Roger Ailes.

In his introduction, Sherman and PFAW President Michael Keegan both spoke of meeting the Fox News President at an event hosted by The Hollywood Reporter in New York while Sherman was working on his book. While Keegan’s interaction with Ailes was genial (with Ailes complimenting PFAW’s work), Sherman’s, only a few minutes later, wasn’t.

Ailes insisted that Sherman “stop harassing [his] wife” and eventually blustered that “you’re only able to write your book because I’ve been protecting the First Amendment!”

PFAW Pres. __ introduces the man of the hour.

PFAW Pres. Michael Keegan introduces the man of the hour.

In a Q&A later, Sherman pointed to demographic trends as an existential threat to Ailes’ network. He also speculated that Ailes and Fox News still haven’t figured out how to cover the brewing civil war in the GOP, but “if people are shooting at each other, he wants them shooting on Fox.”

Other guests included Josh Keating of Slate, Asawin Suebsaeng and Patrick Caldwell of Mother Jones, Jim Newell of The Guardian, and Stephanie Green of Bloomberg.

Megan McArdle Shares Keys To Success After Failure

9780670026142Last night, economics, business, and public policy writer Megan McArdle spoke about her new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success at Sixth & I in partnership with Politics & Prose. McArdle started out by sharing a personal experience of her 2 years of unemployment following business school.

“I really was extremely miserable,” she said. “Being unemployed is about the worst thing that can happen to you.”

Citing research from Germany, where citizens are offered lavish benefits, McArdle said that “after people are widowed, they get sad but then they habituate and five years later they are about as happy as they were before. Same with divorce. If you look at unemployment, it goes down, and just stays there. Unemployment is about the worst thing that can happen to you in a modern democracy short of death or dismemberment.”

While much of the book looks at failure outside of employment issues, McArdle argues that you have to learn how to harness the power of any failure to find success. Issues such as blame, punishment, and forgiveness are all addressed in the book. Exactly how to do so you ask? You’ll have to read it to find out!

And in case you missed it, Double X Gabfest that was initially planned for tonight has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, same time and place.

RESCHEDULED: Date Lab Editor Christina Antoniades Talks Culture, Politics and Love

Picture 10Double X Gabfest has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, same time and place, due to weather concerns for the DC area.

Big fan of Date Lab? Yeah, we are too!

This Thursday (as in two days from today!) Christina Antoniades, editor of The Washington Post’s Date Lab will join Hanna Rosin, editor of Slate’s section for women, Double X; New York magazine’s Noreen Malone; and June Thomas editor of Slate’s LGBTQ section, Outward, to gab about culture, politics, and the way women love now. In addition, Antoniades will offer highlights and lowlights from her column and answer questions.

Double X Gabfest as the evening is called will take place at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Tickets are going for $20 each, but we have a pair up for grabs for those of you who can reference your favorite Date Lab memory. Submit yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have Antoniades pick her fav early Thursday.

And in case you missed it, Megan McArdle will also be at Sixth & I tomorrow to discuss her new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. We have a pair of tickets to that too (we just have ticket giveaways to everything, don’t we?) for whoever can share the best “start as a failure, ends in success” story. And since these experiences are inherently personal, we won’t be posting any to the site. Send your story to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have McArdle choose one lucky winner by morning.

Achieving Greater Success After Devastating Failure

9780670026142Feel like you’ve hit a speed bump? Not satisfyed with where you’re at personally or professionally? You’re not alone.

But failure, no matter how devastating, doesn’t have to be the end. In fact, economics, business, and public policy writer Megan McArdle says failure can be just the teacher you need to push you forward to greater success. That’s the message of her new book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Successand this Wednesday she’ll be at Sixth & I in a partnership with the venue and Politics & Prose to talk about it.

FBDC has the hook up to said event, and you can too, dear readers. In keeping with the theme of the evening, whoever can share the best “start as a failure, ends in success” story will win two tickets to her talk.

And since these experiences are inherently personal, don’t worry, we won’t be posting any names to the site. But do send your story to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have McArdle choose one lucky winner. Good luck!

Allen on Allen & Parnes – Not as Sexy as It Sounds

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes got spanked this morning by Mike Allen -but not in a good way. Ya think Mike would have written this the same way if Jonathan and Amie still worked for Politico…?

From today’s Playbook:

JON KARL PANS HILLARY BIO – “A Valentine for Hillary: A portrait of a secretary of state who was – in the authors’ telling – selfless, tough, brilliant, steady, wise and amazing … a rapturous account,” by ABC’s Jonathan Karl in The Wall Street Journal: “‘HRC’ is a book touted as the first in-depth account of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, written by respected Washington reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. … There is some new reporting, but it’s buried in mixed metaphors and cliché-ridden praise of Mrs. Clinton’s brilliance. Mr. Allen and Ms. Parnes appear to have fallen in love with their subject.” http://goo.gl/J1vPKU

–PLAYBOOK WAGER: Secretary Clinton will be tougher on herself in her own book, due out later this year, than these reporters were in theirs.

Woah, “these reporters.” Lesson learned: Once you leave Politico, you are dead to Politico. Politico will act as if it never even knew your name. Suffice it to say, these two aren’t getting a birthday shout-out anytime soon…

Tapper’s Book Headed to the Big Screen

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, Oscar nominated screenwriters of The Fighter, have acquired the rights to The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, written by CNN chief Washington correspondent and host of “The Lead,” Jake Tapper. The Outpost is an account of the  bloody events that transpired at Combat Outpost Keating on October 3, 2009, one of America’s deadliest battles in Afghanistan.

No word yet on when a screenplay might be finished or who may be interested in producing it, but Tapper says he will donate a portion of the proceeds from the project to various military related charities.

U.S. News’ Kimberly Palmer Helps Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur

Economy of You coverU.S. News & World Report Senior Money Editor Kimberly Palmer just came out with the new book The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life. Recognizing that journalism offers little job security, Palmer jumped on the microbusiness bandwagon and developed a series of financial planners.

The Economy of You recounts everyday people who are liberating themselves from financial strain by creating their own business as a supplemental income. In it, readers will find concrete guidelines for launching a rewarding businesses of their own, including: tips for figuring out the ideal side gig, advice on juggling a fledgling enterprise and a full-time job, branding and marketing basics that bring results, and what and when to offer for free (unfortunately her answers isn’t EVERYTHING and ALWAYS).

Palmer is also the author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, CNN, and local television and radio shows across the country to talk about making smart money decisions.

Want to know more? Visit her online at bykimberlypalmer.com. Palmer’s approach is way less “you’re effed!” than Suze Orman.

Mike Allen Scores Robert Gates for Playbook Cocktails

politico logoPolitico‘s Playbook Cocktail event will be a doozy next week. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be sitting down with Mike Allen to dish on Obama, Biden, and all the rest of those crazy cats at 1600 Pennsylvania. We don’t know if you’ve heard, but Mr. Gates has written a new memwa, DOODY, and he has many unkind words for the current administration’s handling of foreign affairs.  You should be there. There is seating and WiFi reserved for press -email here for more info.

WHAT: Politico Playbook Cocktails with Robert Gates
WHO: Mike Allen (and Bank of America, apparently)
WHERE: The Mayflower, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 16; Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

 

Politics and Prose to Host National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

Yeah, that’s a real title -conveyed upon one lucky somebody by the Library of Congress every year two years. This year that lucky somebody is Kate DiCamillo, Newberry Award winning author of “Because of Winn-Dixie.” The Ambassador’s role is to “raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.” And for the fourth year in a row, Politics and Prose will be one of the first venues in the country to host the Ambassador as she makes her away across the nation, planting book-seeds in the brains of children and encouraging them not to play video games and what not.

If you’re off work in the middle of the day / unemployed next Thursday, you might wanna stop by the store and have a listen. DiCamillo will be joined by former Ambassadors Jon Scieszka (“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”) and Katherine Paterson (“Bridge to Terabithia”).

WHAT: Talk with National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Katherine Paterson

WHO: Politics and Prose

WHERE: Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

WHEN: Thursday, January 9th, 4:00 PM

Event is free and open to the public.

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