He meant an article. Or what, in the newspaper business, they used to call an “article,” where such things were “filed,” rather than “submitted.” Simultaneously, in the magazine business, the very same fistful of prose might be called a “piece”; there, you’d be asked to “turn in” the “piece,” as you would have turned in an essay in college. Indeed, as a humanities major, you “turned in” “essays” on things like Anita Hill or “The Real World,” in semi-conscious preparation for the happy day you’d be paid to do precisely this for Newsweek or Mirabella.
That is the media world as I choose to recall it, anyway, when Michael Musto ruled the Village and The Village Voice; Janet Malcolm published psycho tone-poem masterpieces in The New Yorker; and Tom Junod wrote creepily grand profiles for GQ and Esquire.
Now, working for all-digital media, I was being asked to submit a textRead More »from Zen and the Art of Text Asset Submission