No new songs.
Imagine writing “innocent until proven guilty” in support of a cop who served as an unarmed teenager’s judge, jury, and executioner. This is absolutely what America is about.
The four-man group, which disbanded in 1995 and made a national impact, will perform Aug. 31 at the historic Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Announced Tuesday with little fanfare, their concert will feature the band in a unique collaboration with Dr. Carol Williams, who is both the veteran artistic director of the Spreckels Organ Society and San Diego’s Civic Organist.
Anonymous said: Hi Cord. First, I love your work and have read everything you've ever written about Kanye and race relations. I'm a recent grad with a Comm degree and have always wanted to write. I'm starting to realize that maybe writing isnt a practical career path but i do love it. Do you have any advice on improving my writing and networking? I currently work as an attendance clerk at my old middle school to just give you an idea of how far removed I am of my dream job haha. Thank you.
Hey, thank you.
You are right: writing isn’t the most practical career path. It is easier and often more lucrative to do a lot of other things. I remember reading something recently in which an older comedian—Marc Maron, maybe?—told a young guy interested in getting into comedy that if he could be equally as happy doing any other job then he should probably go do that other thing. That all being said, if you really do love to write, and if doing anything other than writing for work will make you miserable, then you should absolutely give it a go.
My only advice on improving your writing is to read and write a whole lot. Read anything and everything, and write reams about whatever comes to mind. Write with purpose, even if what you’re writing is just a diary entry or an email to a friend. When you want to start publishing, pitch places where new voices are given good real estate: The Awl, Gawker, The Rumpus, etc. Those kinds of sites won’t pay a ton, but they’re open to good ideas from unknown writers, and some of the media people who read those outlets will be in positions to offer you more work if they like what you’ve done.
I don’t have much to tell you about networking, as I don’t think that’s one of my strong suits. The best I can offer is that you should try and be nice to everyone you meet and maybe that niceness will pay off one day. If it doesn’t, then oh well, because being a decent person is its own reward.
Lastly—and forgive me if I’m reading too much into this thing that has almost nothing to do with your question—I don’t think you should write “haha” when you tell people about your job. All jobs are difficult in their own unique ways, especially if there’s always someplace else you’d rather be. You probably won’t be an attendance clerk forever, but do your best to keep your head up while you’re there. And forever say “fuck you” to anyone who would try to make you feel low for doing a job that doesn’t hurt people.