Last post on True/Slant
This is my last post for True/Slant. The site, unfortunately, is winding down operations at the end of July.
I have enjoyed myself greatly while writing for True/Slant. The staff, including Lewis D’Vorkin, Coates Bateman, Michael Roston, Andrea Spiegel, and Steve McNally, have done a marvelous job in working with us writers and creating a truly unique platform for us to work in.
To be honest, I’ll miss True/Slant. The idea of matching experienced writers with a guaranteed network of advertisers and readers and a salary is a good one. After all, we’re writers and journalists. SEO and targeted marketing for our personal blogs can reap only so much dividends.
Writing about the Middle East is difficult, even if you know the region. People can become passionate about the most innocuous of topics; throw the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a mix that includes Yemen, Egypt, Iran and Iraq and you have a thankless task. I have received emails from supporters of the Israeli cause complaining I am overtly pro-Palestinian, while Palestinian sympathizers email me to complain I was too pro-Israeli. Both emails were over the same story.
However, here’s the thing. Many readers took time to write in and I’ve received active feedback all over the board. For a writer, there is no greater compliment.
So what now? In September, I hope to rejoin some former True/Slanters at a new — as of yet disclosed — project. Otherwise I’m busy working on a couple of magazine articles. I have an active Twitter account, please follow it.