Anger Management – A Dancing Boy Blind
This story begins in the 1990s – college times, in fact – during and after a fiction writing class taught by my first Twitter follower.
The subject of my story for class, read but understandably not much liked by anyone, was yachting (or rather in my case, rafting).
The one person who got that the story was true, and should be written as non-fiction, was someone that most of you will know.
Both of us would go on to become writers, but not the kind related to the class. (The professor, in fact, advised me not to try to write a novel.
You will know who this person is by what happened next.
She approached me afterward, interview-style, and started asking me questions about my story, and the story behind it.
And I quickly found myself telling her…everything.
You see: she has a unique genius for making people feel comfortable talking about uncomfortable topics.
Apart from her great talent for writing, and her thick skin (you don’t get that far in her business without it), it’s the reason – and probably the secret reason – she has gotten to this level.
This year, in fact, she and her colleagues won a major award (not that her critics seem to notice, including this one I-95 blogger who seems to have an obsession with her – is it really punching up, or is it punching a girl?).
Recently, she introduced me to someone else in her profession, who writes for a different publication in the same place, with a similar name.
Famously, he writes about people these days on the opposite coast (although it looks like the one is liable to be in town for a while, and maybe upstate after that).
What is he working on?
I can tell you one thing.
You might say the theme is what did this one actor know and when did he know it?
The events of the first part took place on a holiday – celebrated at night – in the aforementioned decade, and followed by a second holiday (celebrated in another culture, and of special relevance: you might as well mention the second actor now, who won’t be talking to anyone anytime soon, or ever).
All of you will know both of these actors.
The second part takes place almost a decade later, and involves not the death – at least as far as law enforcement is concerned – but disappearance of someone close to the surviving actor (not a wife, you understand, but a partner of a different kind).
It took place just a few days before a ruling that would have cost the actor a fortune.
The actor was recently in the news, and not in a way his publicist would have wanted.
Writer: Maggie Haberman – The New York Times
Part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on Donald Trump’s advisers and their connections to Russia
I-95 blogger: Nate Silver
Other person in her profession: Ronan Farrow
Ronan Farrow is a contributing writer to The New Yorker and a television anchor and investigative reporter whose work also appears on HBO. A series of stories he wrote exposing the sexual predation of the movie producer Harvey Weinstein won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2018. He is the author of “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.”
Holidays: Halloween October 31; All Saints Day November 1
Dead Actor: River Phoenix (died October 31, 1993)
Living actor: Johnny Depp
The Viper Room is a nightclub located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, United States. It was opened in 1993 and was partly owned by actor Johnny Depp. The other part owner was Sal Jenco who starred in 21 Jump Street with Depp. The club became known for being a hangout of Hollywood elite, and was the site where actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on Halloween morning in 1993. In early 1995, Australian singer Jason Donovan suffered a drug-induced seizure at the club and survived. The Viper Room has undergone several changes in ownership, and continues to host music of multiple genres, including metal, punk rock, and alternative rock.
Missing person: Anthony Fox
As part of the settlement of a lawsuit involving the disappearance of co-owner Anthony Fox in 2001, Depp relinquished his ownership of the Viper Room in 2004. The club was purchased by Blackhawk Capital Partners in 2004 and continued to change hands multiple times between 2004 and 2016.
Nate Silver and Maggie Haberman Duke it Out on Twitter Over Clinton Email Coverage
Political junkies who hang on every word from Maggie Haberman and Nate Silver may feel today like their parents are fighting.
Silver, the editor-in-chief at Five Thirty Eight, was once so trusted for his polling analysis that “Keep Calm and trust Nate Silver” became a 2012 election meme. Haberman, one of the New York Times lead reporters on the Trump Administration, is revered for her access to White House insiders, and indefatigable work ethic — she once broke an exclusive story while being interviewed for a podcast.
Their fight started when Silver called out a paragraph in a story Haberman co-wrote about the hypocrisy of some in the Trump administration using private email accounts to conduct White House business. Here is that paragraph:
During the 2016 presidential race, Mr. Trump repeatedly harped on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private account as secretary of state, making it a centerpiece of his campaign and using it to paint her as untrustworthy. “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office,” Mr. Trump said last year. His campaign rallies often boiled over with chants of “Lock her up!”
Silver saw an opportunity to throw shade:
“I can think of someone *else* who repeatedly harped on Clinton’s emails & made it the centerpiece of the campaign,” Silver said, linking to a New York Times front-page headline about her emails.- Source