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Natalie Rinn

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Natalie is the former executive editor of Brooklyn Magazine and a freelance writer. Occasionally, she tweets.
Do you ever have the thought, as you binge-watch a TV show, or listen to a song, or see a film, that, really, there’s something familiar about everything? That no matter how creative a melody, line, or surprise ending is, you’ve encountered some variation of it already—and yet, when done right, it feels like something special and new? That was my experience with the The Incredible Jessica James. On the surface, we’ve seen it before:...
Late last spring, I was standing in line at a coffee shop in Fort Greene when a song caught my attention. The barista told me it came from a band called Big Thief. The song, “Masterpiece”, sounded kind of like Land of Talk, but also a little… bigger—it was more reminiscent of a classic rock ballad with an updated energy. It was instantly familiar, yet also brand new, and I wanted to hear more...
Often, having the urge to create something, and the confidence and know-how to pull it off, is a tough bridge to gap. Instead, most of our ideas remain stuck in our heads, because confronting the enormity of producing them, not to mention our own self doubt, is scary and hard. But let’s jump ahead a couple of steps: Say you not only have a great idea—say for a TV pilot—say you’ve already written it. How on earth, if you’ve never done it before, do...
A few weeks ago, I sat at my kitchen table and called Elizabeth Powell on Skype. After a couple of rings, her face appeared on my screen. She waved and said hello from her home in Orillia, Ontario; I waved and said hello from my apartment in Brooklyn. And then, a glitch: I could hear everything Powell was saying, but to Powell I was mute. I started to mouth words in slow motion and...

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