How to Bustle

by Jessica Brookman in

FACT: You can't change something from inside of it. 

Let me take a moment to acknowledge that, yes, Bryan Goldberg’s original press release for his new site Bustle reads like the over-excited presentation for my 8th grade science fair project. But what’s frustrating about that is that you can apparently graduate from a semi-respectable American university without the ability to write whatsoever. He’s recently issued a clarification on PandoDaily where he plays up the work he’s done and apologizes for coming off as pandering. But that’s not the point.

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But Bryan Goldberg has already won. He’s already funded and now he’s got our attention.

Some thoughts on funding of Bustle on medium


Sunday Short - Sydney Leathers

by Jessica Brookman in

FACT: We are all adults here. 

And, as such, agreements made between adults should be kept between those adults. You don't like the terms? Don't participate in the deal. Walk away from the table at any time. 

Reconsider your business model.

But whatever you do just shut the fuck up. The media is hungry. And you are the junk food. They feast on the indiscrete, the pathological liars. You're an offering to the legion of people looking to discharge their own shame on someone else in the comment section of [whatever fucking blog]. 

You are a sacrifice; a temporary distraction from others' personal failures. Don't wave yours around like a badge of honor. 

Collateral damage is for children. 



Linklettes * 10

by Jessica Brookman in

If you only read one thing: Oscar-Nominated Director Benh Zeitlin on Not Waiting for Permission: 

There is no one single more important piece of advice than not waiting for permission to start doing the things you want to do with your time and energy. Being able to do anything it takes and give up anything in the way of your goal is a close second: 

I think the most important thing is just to do what you want to do. A lot of times you get derailed from making movies when you are trying to support yourself or you're not doing the things you want to do with your day. 
When I was in New York and I couldn't support myself doing exactly what I wanted to do, I moved. I went somewhere where I could squat till I could figure out how to make what I wanted to make. So that always came first. So I just think prioritizing. If you have to do something you don't want to do all day long, you won't have the emotional energy to create stuff. 

Also really inspired by the collective approach he's using via Court 13. Fuck it and do what you love...any way you can. #onward. ​

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Linklettes * 7

by Jessica Brookman in

If You Only Read One Thing:  

SHOOTER BOYS AND AT-RISK GIRLS. The writing on VICE lately has a good argument for nepotism lately....but then Molly Crabapple goes and rectifies the situation with the best account of growing up in contemporary America I've read this side of Gen-Y...

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