media diet

Pam Mandel

What I Read: Pam Mandel

    Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View talks about her media diet and discusses the importance of staying focused on the work, not the reward.

    Robert Reid

    What I Read: Robert Reid

      Robert ReidA series that asks travel and food writers about their media consumption and how they structure their writing days, find sources, and deal with information overflow. Inspired by The Atlantic Wire, but with a travel, food, and culture focus.

      Robert Reid recently left his job as the U.S. Travel Editor of Lonely Planet “to pursue my own writing and see if I have a book in me.” His work has been featured in the New York Times, World Hum, ESPN, Perceptive Travel, CNN, and, among other outlets and Mashable listed him as one of the Top 15 travel folks to follow on Twitter.

      How do you get started with your day?

      I’m not a very interesting person before 10:30 in the morning. Like most people, I’d guess, I make coffee and check email and flip through Twitter. It gives me pleasure to let the morning be quiet for awhile, just standing and listening to the coffee percolate. If something catches my eye on Twitter, I’ll follow the link. But I’ve learned I don’t need to know as much as I used to.

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      David Farley

      What I Read: David Farley

      David FarleySince early 2010, The Atlantic Wire has run a wonderful series called the “Media Diet,” wherein prominent personalities in news, government, arts, radio, and elsewhere discuss how they handle the “torrent of information pouring down on us all.” I have found all sorts of useful nuggets in these media diet profiles, from how to organize my day to what sources to add to my news reader or Twitter list.

      For some time, I’ve mulled over the idea of talking to my writing colleagues about their media diets. Today, I’m posting what I hope is the first in a long series of profiles about travel and food writers and what they read, watch, and listen to.

      David Farley, author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town, which will be made into a documentary later this year, is the first writer to tell me about what he reads and how he structures his writing time. As I am writing this, I learned that Farley’s April 2012 article for Afar Magazine, Vietnam’s Bowl of Secrets, has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Best American Travel Writing anthology. Learn more about David Farley at More »What I Read: David Farley