Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

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Me, my imaginary coherent self, and the New York Times

Okay, let me confess at the outset that I’ve been checking the Circuits section every two hours or so since Tuesday morning, looking for this article, “International Herald Tribune.

Let’s hope that practice makes perfect.

[To the tune of Peter Gabriel, “Games Without Frontiers,” from the album Shaking The Tree.]

4 Comments

  1. Hey, I aspire to such facundity. As it is, the last two reporters I’ve talked to have found nothing bite-worthy in the interviews. Of course, it’s hard to be profound about weatherblogs. I can see why “really, who cares?” is not what they might be looking for in terms of a quote from their “expert” source.

    Congratulations on Grey Lady column inchness.

  2. And this is an even less relevant comment (vive les blogues!). When I was an undergrad I got into a long-running arguement with a housemate over whether the chorus was “She’s so popular” or “She’s so funky, yeah!” (“jeux sans frontieres”). This was the same roomate who forbade grilling fish on Wednesdays because the smell interfered with her full enjoyment of Melrose Place.

  3. You definitely never want to say, “who really cares about it?” to a journalist. At worst, you say, “But the deeper issue is–” and move the discussion to more interesting ground.

    That, or just try to be outrageous in highly a quotable way.

  4. Here I am, dispensing out advice I’m a seasoned pundit, or something!

    Actually– teachable moment: When talking to the press, also never sound like you’re not sure if you’re totally, completely competent to talk about something. It runs completely counter to the way academics think– “I haven’t read the 35 most recent books on this subject, how can I say anything in public about it?” It’s a bit like becoming a thief: the first time is heart-poundingly scary as you worry you’re going to get caught, then at some point you want to see how audacious you can be.

    Or this is what I imagine being a thief is like, anyway. I’ve never stolen anything in my life. I’d be too scared.
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