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Jun. 29 2010 - 3:54 pm | 230 views | 0 recommendations | 5 comments

Good-bye, True/Slant

In the year and a half since I signed on with True/Slant, I’ve logged 255 posts. You’re reading my last.

I posted most frequently on my signature topic: women and race in media. I scowled when black women reporters took flak for covering Michelle Obama; I pondered why we women love trashing John Edwards’ paramour, Rielle Hunter; I hated on David Letterman for having affairs with underlings and then for making us feel sorry … for David Letterman.

Because the timing coincided with my career switch from paid hack to unpaid scribe, many of the posts tracked my adventures in unemployment: my first trip to the unemployment office, how healthcare reform affects me, and five things I did before I quit my job.

As I pursued novel- and TV writing, I blogged about the dearth of women in the pilots for the 2010 season, the job loophole for minority TV writers, and my unaccountable sense of failure at being deservedly left off the New Yorker’s 20 under 40 list.

I remain most proud of a post I wrote a year ago, after my father died, titled “What not to say when someone dies.” It still gets hits every day; apparently, a lot of people don’t know what the hell to say when someone dies.

As you may have read, T/S recently announced a sale to Forbes. I believe in True/Slant founder Lewis Dvorkin’s talent and vision, and I trust he and his team of friendly brainiacs will have great fun storming the castle.

Me? I plan to spend the rest of the summer fending off my children as I scramble to complete my second book and develop my second TV series pitch. Which is to say I plan to remain flagrantly unemployed. Please check in at my own website or follow me on Twitter (@lisacullen) for profoundly meaningless updates. If you’re a regular reader or a creditor who also buys books, I’d be grateful if you’d drop me a note at lisa dot cullen at gmail dot com so I might add you to my e-mail list (you can spam me if I can spam you).

Have a great summer, everyone. Remember the sunscreen. You’ll see me again sooner than you wish.


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    Farewell, Lisa – the energy you walked into our offices with showed through in all the great stuff you wrote for our site – I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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    What’s this? She who mocked and ridiculed The Twitter, who wrote an entire post with a solemn vow to forever remain twitterless is now embracing the tweetdom??

    Now we’ll never be rid of one another.

    I look forward to it.

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    Now I have to join Twitter. Thanks heaps, Lisa.

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    Thanks, your a good writer. Wish I could take back a comment from a while ago, to late the key was pressed. I apologize, it was wrong of me, and bothers me still.

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    Hey, best of luck in your new screenwriting career! I’m just hoping you don’t wind up on the wrong side of the camera doing Reality TV- who needs to be recognized in Whole Foods anyways?

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    Read Wasabi Mama for your daily dose of sinus-clearing rant on parenting, work, media and entertainment. If you like a fresh nasal passage, please click below my photo to "follow me." For more on me, please visit www.lisacullen.com.

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