In Episode 1 of the revival, we find out that Rory published an article in the New Yorker about feminist activist Naomi Shropshire. This is presented as a huge triumph and career high. However, I'm betting that the article was actually the Kiss of Death for her career. It was nothing more than a puff piece that missed a huge (and already well-known) storyline that Naomi was actually a dysfunctional alcoholic. This discredited her as a journalist, and was the ultimate cause of the stall in her career.
Imagine you are a writer, and you write this fluffy profile about Harvey Weinstein in 2004. Rumors of Weinstein's predatory behavior existed back then, but you fail to chase the lead. Or you are this writer who gives Elizabeth Holmes her first magazine cover, without even verifying that her technology worked. You eventually need to publish a retraction. Both of these established writers look foolish in retrospect: They wrote meaningless pieces that only served to flatter their subjects. They didn't do their homework, and they missed game-changing storylines.
That's essentially what Rory did with her New Yorker article. Except Rory's blunder was even worse, because 1.) she wasn't an established writer yet, and 2.) Naomi's crazy behavior was already well-known in publishing circles. Logan knew about it (and tries to warn her.) Mitchum knew about it ("Have some hangover medicine ready!") And Conde Nast knew about it.
We can infer from Rory's initial admiration of Naomi that she has no idea about Naomi's already very public dysfunction. Rewatch the scene in "Winter" when Rory is talking to Logan about Naomi. She relays a story about how Naomi was so blasted she forgot her shoes in the wintertime. Despite this, Rory still describes Naomi as "smarter and more coherent" on alcohol. Rory comes across as incredibly naive! To most good investigative reporters, the shoe incident would be a red flag. Rory's article completely missed the mark. Anyone who read it and knew the truth probably cringed. They likely thought that Rory didn't do her research, was too cowardly to write about the hard topics, or was foolish and naive.
Look at the scene in "Spring" when Rory meets with the Conde Nast editors. They initially praise Rory a LOT (even comparing her style to David... keep reading on reddit ➡
I am watching AYITL for the umpteenth time and I can't help but wonder, who is Naomi Shropshire and why would anyone want to read a book about this woman?
She seems to be rich, yes and an eccentric society lady but who is the target audience for a book about her life? Did she accomplish anything that would make people overlook her unbearable personality? Has she a fan following I missed? Is there a target audience for everything these days and I just have no idea? Please tell.
Even small villages, suburbs and other geographic features are of interest! Names may be stupid, juvenile, offensive or whatever, it doesn't matter. This will be part of a colloquial atlas cum linguistic analysis looking at how we play with names. There are patterns we're looking for such as whether a suffix will more likely be -y, -s, -o or -ers etc.
Note that none of the names need to be especially popular or clever to be of interest, they ideally just need to be attested (recorded as existing in different sources). You surely know some that aren't on the list yet!
Bishop's Castle Bish Castle
Church Stretton Strett
Ludlow Ludders, The Low
Telford Telfs, Smellford, Hellford
Currently with the pandemic it has limited a lot of people from spending time outdoors so we have decided to video short walks where you can see beautiful locations and learn about the Shropshire area/history.
Come and join us on some great Shropshire walks
My last wildcamp was just before this current lockdown was in place and it was a great night due to the unexpected snow! Looking forward to more nights like this.
My second camp in the area and thankfully with some locals that know where's best to camp. The hike in was a little over 3 miles after finding some convenient and cheap parking. Views from the top were great on the way up, only to be a whiteout before sunset. Cold temperatures were not a problem, a few beers, warm food and the right sleeping bag saw my comfy through the night. A whiteout first thing an chilly all the way down. To anyone that hasn't camped in the Long Mynd area, I'd seriously recommend it.