I’m not so sure that being anonymous is so bad.

My one brief shining moment came when I wrote a light breezy piece about 64-year-old Pat Benatar’s music as a theme to our political scene (breezy because it was before the actual election). It was called “Rockin’ American Politics like a Grandma” and for some unknown reason, it got picked as one of the Editor’s Choices of the day. Within an hour, my heady dreams of being a top writer were met with complaints of being sexist because I used the word grandma in connection to Benatar (old enough to be a grandma) and Hillary Clinton (who is a grandma) and whatever other feminist/ageist bullish*t was being projected on me, since I am old enough to be a grandpa.

Here’s the kind of insane feedback I received:

Yeah — not too shabby. Maybe some day you’ll create something as good as one of her songs. (I’m not nice like Anna).

complete with Dr Pozzi finger

How to get picked by editors on Medium: Insult Trump! Winning!

FWIW, I’ve enjoyed a lot of your writing. You know as well as I do that it’s better than the crap that receives all those little green hearts. (Sorry to be Captain Obvious, but you have to submit an article to a publication in order to be considered. And they won’t accept the work if it is already published in one of your own publications.)

But here’s one question for you. Why do you have little green lines around your profile picture and I don’t? Are you a Medium subscriber?

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