Elvis Costello documentary on BBC 4
Shown in the USA? Yes, please.
Write Like You (Don’t) Mean It
For a period of time longer than I care to remember, I wrote freelance articles for crappy websites. I did it because it seemed like easy money and it was. Easy money in the same sense that finding a penny on the street could be considered easy money. The articles I wrote were for crappy websites worldwide and basically served as material to fill their pages and/or help their websites show up at the top of search engine results.
The assignments came from some semi-anonymous go-between or from the website owners themselves and ran the gamut in terms of subject matter. Horrible foot ailments and how to avoid them. The best hotels and “caravan parks” in Geelong, Australia. The best fitness routines for women with children. The best places to party all night long in Japan. Ten must-see sights in Corpus Christi, Texas. The story of the Grand Mosque of Cordoba in Spain. The best places to meet celebrities. How to become a computer game designer. The top baby car seats. How to jump a car. How to make the most out of your cruiseline adventure. How to get credit. How to improve your credit. How to get someone else to get credit for you.
This wasn’t glamorous freelance work, obviously, like interviewing Gwyneth Paltrow for Vanity Fair or embedding with the troops in Afghanistan for a month for Rolling Stone. This was sitting in a Starbucks for a few hours writing 10 different 600-word “articles” on how to spot and cure rosacea or why North Star Transit Lines should be your choice for cross-country moving.