Molly Gamble

Month: October, 2013

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Everything is not a test

“For many guys, this is simpler because they’re not as over-invested in the question of ‘Do I belong?’ Everything is not a test. If you’re not viewing interactions as a litmus test for whether you belong, you’re going to act better. On the other hand, if you’re looking all the time for that kind of validation, you’re either going to be self-conscious or insecure, and neither of those is a recipe for success. What you want is the kind of inherent confidence that leads to grace. You want to be around people who are having fun and enjoying what they’re doing.”

Four female executives shared some really great career advice in last Sunday’s New York TimesI really like this quote about women’s confidence in the workplace, and how much a quiet but sturdy sense of belonging plays into that.

“The real West is what you decide to make of it.”

Check out Tim Richmond’s beautiful photographs of the American West via The New Republic.

Oh, I could spend days.

Gay Talese’s outline for “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” 1966, written on a shirt board.

“How much time would you spend on such a sentence?”
“Oh, I could spend days.”

Gay Talese annotated his irreplaceable and timeless “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” for Nieman Storyboard. His thought processes and the story behind the story are fascinating.

(Oh, and the sentence he’s talking about above is this one: “The two blondes, who seemed to be in their middle thirties, were preened and polished, their matured bodies softly molded within tight dark suits.”)

Obamacare vs. the Affordable Care Act vs. the PPACA

The magazine I write for has used only one term for the healthcare reform law since day one: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We have successfully resisted “Obamacare” in our reporting.

“The PPACA,” as we use in shorthand, may not be the hippest term nor the best for SEO, but given the latest poll findings and public confusion, we’re glad we stuck with it. Obamacare = The Affordable Care Act = The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but some people have come to believe these terms refer to two, even three, different things.

I wrote about this linguistic nightmare, and I really hope journalists and other influential communicators begin reigning in their unfettered use of “Obamacare.” The term has taken on a life of its own, as evidenced in this  wince-inducing clip from “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

(Also taking bets on when, if ever, The Associated Press will finally issue a style rule about what to call the healthcare reform law. That would be mighty nice. )