One thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's post about Gilbert King: how he got his opinion piece, Cruel and Unusual History (which has a great kicker in the last graf), into Wednesday's New York Times.
Are you ready?
King had submitted a similar piece to the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, which was rejected by both. He figured "what the hell," and wrote another on Sunday night, which he emailed to the Times on Monday morning. "They got back to me right away," he says. And that was that.
Moral: Carpe diem!