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Laying out the excus..er, articles and posts… from the most recent hiatus

All Categories Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

This isn’t the first time blogging has had an unintentional off spell here at In Pursuit of the Trivial. However, rather than spout off the reasons (cgh… travel, work… cgh) let’s simply share some of the other projects that have been happening since the last bit of posting.

(And, oh yeah, we’ll resume posting again soon [ish])

  • Finally, Pop Candy hosted another round of guest bloggers while Whitney Matheson took a vacation. The guests included: an international recording artist, a NYT best selling author and… me? Read about the only potato rapper in ‘Cuse (and the world?).

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Trivial Links: J.D. Salinger returns!

Arts & Literature Trivial Links
Written by Nathan Mattise

  • In case you missed it on USA Today’s Pop Candy this week, yours truly was a featured reader. Not my most flattering of pictures but I am attached to it due to my love of hygiene. More importantly, Whitney Matheson kept in the part about my desire to one day write a book on Ra Ra Riot. READ THAT RA RA RIOT! (Thanks Whitney).

(Links today from USA Today’s Pop Candy, NY Daily News and ColbertNation.com)

Have a suggestion to include in next week’s Trivial Links? E-mail it.

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Phantogram is getting a bit of notice all of a sudden… (and In Pursuit of the Trivial is too).

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Typically I make a habit of of posting incoming links I’m excited about (see PopCandy for Seinfeld or Esquire as an example). Lately I’ve been slacking however so to get that out of the way first:

Jumping off that, I still can’t stop listening to Phantogram’s EP and so I’ve been forwarding their MySpace (and my blog post) around to some of the music sites I frequent. I’m not sure everyone even reads the e-mail and/or checks out the band, but this week I got a reply from Whitney Matheson at USA Today’s PopCandy starting with, “Hey Nate! Glad to hear things are busy and well for you … great links, thanks for passing them on.

Long story short – this may or may not have helped lead to Phantogram finally getting some of the attention they deserve this morning on PopCandy. Here’s hoping the buzz continues.

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WFOEOTYL #2: Eight Web Sites in ’08

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Written by Nathan Mattise

End of the year book lists are still wildly popular but, to be honest, I think most of my reading these days comes online (just ask the journalism industry if this is the trend – I’m not alone). This merits the question, where are all the year end web site lists?

Well (clearly) I’m no expert, but here’s one to start. A few guidelines first…

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No matter where you are you can’t stop writing.

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Written by Nathan Mattise

“Students just have to start doing it now. Even if all you have are opportunities at school papers, just start doing it. There are so many ways you can write today with opportunities online, even something as simple as reviewing records on your own site, there’s no excuse not to do it.”

USAToday’s Pop Candy creator Whitney Matheson shared that bit of advice with me when I interviewed her for an industry paper during my stint at The Post-Standard. I may not be a full-time entertainment journalist now but that hasn’t stopped me from writing online.

Now I’m redebuting in print too.

Below is a link (and after the jump is the pre-edited text) to my first story as a freelancer for Syracuse’s alt-weekly, The New Times. What did I write about? Well, like any good alt-weekly, it’s a healthy dosage of music and politics. Continue reading

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Trivial Links: Another bit of love from USA Today’s Pop Candy

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Trivial Links: One last (albeit a bit narcissistic) Napkin Fiction post…

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Backstory: I met the Whitney Matheson at a Pop-Candy meet-up during last year’s “Office” Convention in Scranton. I sent her my facebook picture and it got posted on the site, she let me interview her for a journalism industry paper I had to write at Syracuse and I’ve had e-mail exchange life updates with her periodically ever since. Very cool of her to be so responsive to me – just makes me more of a fan). Continue reading

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