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July 5, 2013

Journalism in Romania: A Diogenean Essay (Part 3)

“If their ideas are so good, let advertising write the stories.” When I was a journalist (and I hope it’s still this way in the US) […]
July 3, 2013

Journalism in Romania: A Diogenean Essay (Part 2)

“So what’s the problem? We didn’t tell them what to write.” Why did I pick this one example, the automated insertion of an advertising link into […]
July 2, 2013

Journalism in Romania: A Diogenean Essay (Part 1)

“Why I Stopped Writing for Dilema Veche” I didn’t think journalistic standards could get much lower in Romania. I was wrong. Thanks to a combination of […]
June 19, 2013

How I Know I’m Not in New York (Part 7)

“My car’s stuck in traffic.” I was sitting in a café after work waiting for my Romanian friend Remus.  He was almost an hour late – […]
June 12, 2013

The Welcome Pain of Dislocation

In a wonderfully unexpected recent concurrence of conversations and thoughts (separated by a few weeks but coincident in memory), I was reminded to share with you […]
May 24, 2013

How I Know I’m Not in New York (Part 6)

“Remus Unchained” [Even more than my other conversations with Remus, this is essentially verbatim.  So you politically correct Americans out there, don’t send me any emails.  […]
May 20, 2013

Save Our Really Real Reality®

I saw a movie a while ago in which a mouse got crushed. It was funny. I have no memory of what movie it was or why […]
May 7, 2013

The Future is Customer Service – Even in Romania

(Originally published April 29, 2013, in Capital, here.) Because predictions are best left to economists and fools, once in a while I think it’s my turn. […]