Gini Dietrich

The Three Things, Edition 14

By: Gini Dietrich | January 6, 2013 | 

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to The Three Things, the weekly update of three links, podcasts, videos, or books you can’t miss from Michael SchechterHowie Goldfarb, and me!

This is the 14th edition and you may notice I’ve added “books” to what you can expect here. You’ll see why when you get to my selection.

For those of you new to this series, The Three Things arrives in your inbox on Sunday mornings (unless you don’t suscribe, but that can easily be fixed if you hurry over and enter your email address or add to your RSS feed) so you have some extra time to spend perusing the obscure content we’ve curated for you (and one another) before your week begins and deadlines, meetings, and work takes over.

The Generational Podcast – Curiosity and Analytical Thinking with Dr. Drang

Michael on Analytical Thinking. I’m an unabashed fan of Gabe Weatherhead’s Generational podcast (and his site Macdrifter for that matter… and Gabe himself, now that I think about it). Not only is Gabe a natural conversationalist, but the subject matter is always right up my alley. His format and his guest choices (with one notable exception) offers a perfect mixture of tech and thoughtfulness. The latest episode with Dr. Drang is no exception… actually scratch that, it is an exception… it’s even better than usual. While some of you may not be into the geekier parts about scripting, their earlier conversation surrounding the relationship and differences between curiosity and analytical thinking is well worth your time.

Newtown Conspiracy Theories

Howie on Thinking Globally. What a bizarre article, but it highlights how easy it is to be micro- vs macro-focused. The world is big: Nearly seven billion people and counting. It is way too easy to look at a You Tube video and see 25 million views and say wow! Or, as this article shows, three million crazies tuning in to TV or radio and think, “How can so many listen or view?”

That is easy when you compare with 300 mil people in the United States, but we are global now. There are probably three billion people- or more – with Internet access. YouTube has almost a billion unique viewers. Then things are in perspective and you see how little these numbers actually are. Sometimes it makes you sad because you realize Justin Bieber has fewer fans than you think he should. And in the case of this article you are happy knowing that less than a percent of people are truly crazy. Yes, still too many. But not so many you start spying on your neighbors.


Gini on Fiction. It won’t come as a surprise to you that I love fiction. Not only does it transport you into a world that lets your imagination run wild, it helps your creative thinking (and writing) skills immensely. I read a ton of fiction – to the tune of a book a week. But it took me my entire holiday break to read 11/22/63, Stephen King’s masterful story about going back in time to change the outcome of Kennedy’s assassination. I am not a Stephen King fan, but I loved this book. It’s a must-read for anyone who loves history, loves storytelling, and loves a good twist on facts.

Now it’s your turn. Is there a podcast, video, book, or article you think we need to see?

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • @peter_osborne

    Gini…Totally agree with you on 11/22/63.  He had lost me in recent years (although the first version of The Stand is still one of my favorites — but not the reissued 1,000 page+ version).  I’m now reading the book that Stephen said was his favorite for 2012 — The Good Son by Michael Gruber.  So far it’s terrific and might be worth making your To Do list.  Happy New Year!

    • @@peter_osborne I’ve never read his books, but I was really impressed with this one. I’ll have to check out The Good Son!

      • @ginidietrich  @@peter_osborne  Have you ever read King’s book about how to write? It is called  “On Writing” and I love it.
        There are some great tips and advice in there.

        • @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  That’s what jeanniecw said too. Lots of recommendations for it!

        • @peter_osborne

          @ginidietrich  @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  jeanniecw Terrific book.  A bit outside of the stream of the other stuff he’s done — much of which is overwritten.  I have On Writing on my bedside table to re-read.  Probably should be in my office.

      • @ginidietrich@@peter_osborne
        Aside from “On Writing,” I used to LOVE the old King – ‘Salem’s Lot, the Stand, etc.  But I just adored The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
        Also, I think King is one of the greatest practitioners of the dying art of the short story (along with Neil Gaiman and Joyce Carol Oates).

  • Yes I am hit and miss with King- His Dark Tower series is one of my favourite pieces of fiction ever, don’t read much of his horror. Interesting- I am consuming any sort of alternate history books right now- Heinlein in Mexico, now a re-read of Dick’s The Man In The High Castle- love the genre. Will check out 11/22/63 even if it should be 22/11/63…

    • @RebeccaTodd Oh you Canadians think you rule the world. Clearly that is not the case.

      • @ginidietrich Hey now, the US is the only place that does the date all backwards!!! Tell me this- when someone asks you the date, do you really think they need to be told what month it is?

        • @RebeccaTodd Depends on how the question is asked.

  • I got The Stand for Christmas, but I can’t suggest it until I plow through all 1,000+ pages. So I’m going to suggest anything by Tana French, but especially In The Woods or The Likeness. Both are outstanding works of fiction.

    • @bradmarley My dad is a big King fan and loved The Stand. From what I understand, it’s a very good book. I’ll check out Tana French. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • @peter_osborne

      You’d be better off reading the original version of The Stand; I’ll bet that’s the one Gini’s dad read.  Tighter, better written IMHO.  OK, I mean better than the bloated reissue.  You might be able to find it in a used bookstore.

      • @@peter_osborne I got the extended version, or something. The preface explains there are more pages than the original.

        • @bradmarley  @@peter_osborne  You guys convinced me to call my dad and ask me to send me his original copy.

  • I was really shocked when I found out King wrote some truly uplifting stores that were not horror. I stayed away from his writing for a long time, but of course got wrapped up in Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile.

    • @susansilver I think you’d really like 11/22/63. While it plays homage to some of his earlier works, it’s not horror at all (except for the inevitable).