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About me I'm a writer in new york. previously, i worked at the baltimore sun, where i covered the music industry and youth culture, and at the miami new times, where i wrote cover stories on cuban punks and strippers, AMONG OTHER THINGS. Im now an editor at Women's Wear Daily.*

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I was finally able to get Baltimore into the pages of Women’s Wear Daily thanks to the prodigiously talented Future Islands. Let’s make The Herring happen, folks.
I first got to write about the band when I was a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. The first time, they were touring with their great album, “In Evening Air,” which was released by Baltimore’s unofficial hometown label, Thrill Jockey, which was based in Chicago but represented a slew of local bands (n.b. - check my newspaper portrait, the gayest such picture to have ever graced a major newspaper). Then, I wrote about them as one of the new bands that had moved to Baltimore to follow in the footsteps of earlier local success stories, like Dan Deacon, Beach House and Wye Oak.
The last time I saw them perform was for a piece for the Baltimore Sun Sunday magazine when they appeared at a concert for the venerable and great Baltimore band Celebration - the piece was about them. Herring was already in the unbelievable pentecostal preacher mode you all saw on Letterman.

I was finally able to get Baltimore into the pages of Women’s Wear Daily thanks to the prodigiously talented Future Islands. Let’s make The Herring happen, folks.

I first got to write about the band when I was a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. The first time, they were touring with their great album, “In Evening Air,” which was released by Baltimore’s unofficial hometown label, Thrill Jockey, which was based in Chicago but represented a slew of local bands (n.b. - check my newspaper portrait, the gayest such picture to have ever graced a major newspaper). Then, I wrote about them as one of the new bands that had moved to Baltimore to follow in the footsteps of earlier local success stories, like Dan Deacon, Beach House and Wye Oak.

The last time I saw them perform was for a piece for the Baltimore Sun Sunday magazine when they appeared at a concert for the venerable and great Baltimore band Celebration - the piece was about them. Herring was already in the unbelievable pentecostal preacher mode you all saw on Letterman.


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The new way to TOC. Still loving the visual redesign of Traveler

The new way to TOC. Still loving the visual redesign of Traveler


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Also, it is CRIMINAL how much fun I have with headlines and layouts (at WWD)

Also, it is CRIMINAL how much fun I have with headlines and layouts (at WWD)


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Ive been waiting to deploy this one for a while (at WWD)

Ive been waiting to deploy this one for a while (at WWD)


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"My name is Myrtle" (at Grand Central Terminal)

"My name is Myrtle" (at Grand Central Terminal)


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That’s alotta Scarlett

That’s alotta Scarlett


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The Eye today: a little Daft Punk, a lotta Candy Spelling and Gloria Steinem (at WWD)

The Eye today: a little Daft Punk, a lotta Candy Spelling and Gloria Steinem (at WWD)


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I made more money writing a treatment for Parent Trap 3 for the Disney Channel that never happened. The guy who wrote Heathers. It’s been a good reading day for the children of the Eighties

(Source: insidemovies.ew.com)


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They were a great pair, Leno and Letterman; they looked good at the desk together, one square and the other vertical, their attractive physical oddities somehow compatible: ol’ lantern jaw and ol’ string bean, as right for the mid-eighties as Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas had been for the fifties.

Peter W. Kaplan in M magazine, November, 1992.

Well?? What are you doing not stopping everything you’re doing to read this.


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A Liz Hurley safety pin dress moment at Jude Law premiere. Love this story by @kristigarced.  (at WWD)

A Liz Hurley safety pin dress moment at Jude Law premiere. Love this story by @kristigarced. (at WWD)


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The Eye today: Dries, Hillary, Noah.  (at WWD)

The Eye today: Dries, Hillary, Noah. (at WWD)


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Check out our front page today. WWD all-star @jeanpalmieri and I closed this bad boy last night w/ a red carpet assist from @mccarthylauren  (at WWD)

Check out our front page today. WWD all-star @jeanpalmieri and I closed this bad boy last night w/ a red carpet assist from @mccarthylauren (at WWD)


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Day trip!! (at WWD)

Day trip!! (at WWD)


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We will now stop to contemplate the fact that Gloria Steinem is 80 and still flying coach.

(Source: The New York Times)


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