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Michael Conniff
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Michael Conniff is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Post Time Media Inc., a leading content marketing company. A graduate of Harvard with honors in history, he cut his teeth as a copy boy and then a reporter on the San Francisco Examiner, The Baltimore News American, and The Boston Herald. He has also been the television columnist for The Real Paper in Boston, a syndicated television columnist in New England, the originator of the new media column in Editor & Publisher—and the first person ever hired full-time in new media by NBC. At Harvard in 1980, he became not only the first Journalism Tutor in the college’s history, but also the first writing instructor to use word processing as a teaching tool. The author of more than a dozen published short stories, he was nominated by Tim O’Brien and selected as a Sokolov Scholar in Fiction at the Breadloaf Writers Conference. His play “The Madness of Hatters” was performed in a workshop by Theatre Aspen, and his novel Drop Dead Beautiful, a mystery set in Aspen, appeared online in serial form on Aspen Post. He just finished writing CHILDREN OF THE O'KELLS, the first Facebook novel.

Entries by Michael Conniff

Skiing the Dream at Beaver Creek

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 4:09 PM

I blame Michael Miracle for the last 10 years of my life.

Michael, now the editor of Aspen Sojourner -- and a good friend here in the Roaring Fork Valley -- was one of the editors at Ski magazine who painted such an appealing prose poems about skiing out west...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Importance of Being Uncool

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Are you uncool? Have you always been that way?

When he died in what some would consider an uncool way, the master actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's great moments in cinema were all over the web. The Almost Famous clip on being "uncool" seemed to be everywhere, resonating with the cool...

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Aspen Skiing Company Bonks On Social Media

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 10:15 AM

ASPEN--Story is the new black.

Any company emblazoning "story" in their branding (i.e., Jose Cuervo) is saying, in effect, that they understand stories are a way to socialize their communities--a fast way to get down the hill.

They get it. Only sometimes they don't.

Nowhere is that more...

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The United States of Gore Vidal

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 9:36 AM

It's not every day that you get to see the original video of William F. Buckley Jr. calling Gore Vidal "a queer" on network television, but people in Aspen will get that chance during Aspen Filmfest with "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia," a terrific documentary from Nicholas Wrathall....

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Don't Sleep On 'Linsanity' In Aspen

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 10:46 AM

Say you're Evan Leong, a sixth-generation Chinese-American in search of the perfect subject for a documentary. Maybe you're looking for someone you can identify with, someone of no great interest to anyone but yourself. To say the least, you're looking for a great story, a tale with the possibility of...

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At Theatre Aspen, Happiness Is Les Miserables

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 12:45 PM

ASPEN, COLORADO--Aspen ain't Broadway, but Theatre Aspen is beginning to feel like it's in the same neighborhood as the big time, especially with the bar raised this summer by Les Miserables, a potent production that turns the small stage into an oversized advantage.

Even for an award-winning company like this,...

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At Aspen Ideas, GOP Has No Idea Whatsoever

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 1:31 PM

ASPEN, COLORADO--In a panel here devoted to the "Future of the Republican Party," the skeptical might have at least expected the Know Nothings to know the same old, same old was getting painfully old.

With Karl Rove, Michael Gerson, and Elaine Chao under the tent, there seemed to be...

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Creativity Has Designs On Aspen Ideas Fest

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 9:13 PM

ASPEN, COLORADO--Maybe it's just me, but when the Aspen Ideas Festival rolls around here every summer--the impending confab is June 26-July 2, 2013--I eschew the bigger picture the smaller signs of societal creativity.

With so many over-the-top problems still on the table--a divided country, a Middle East that can't seem...

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Aspen Exposure for Boardwalk Empire Team

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 5:24 PM

When it comes to couples who have been together 32 years, it's easy enough to say they have a habit of finishing each other's sentences. But with the television writing-producing team of Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov -- here as judges of Filmfest's Aspen Shortsfest 2013 -- they have a...

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Cold War Heats Up Herald Square by Jefferson Flanders

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 11:39 AM

Nostalgia is a dish best served warm, but it doesn't hurt one bit if the source of the heat is a mystery that brings to mind gorgeous spies and odious moles who watched the first light of peacetime bleed into the twilight of the Cold War.

Jimmy Breslin meets John...

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Con Games: Beaver Creak, Colorado, Beams Up Westin's Energy

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 12:21 PM

If you are lucky enough to do some travel writing, every once and a while you come upon a discovery before the whole world gets the wake-up call. That's the way it was for me and my wife at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek.

We first...

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DANGER MAN: Barclay's Premier League Arrives in America, Sort Of

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 9:31 AM

On behalf of clueless soccer fans on this side of the pond, I would like to personally welcome the Barclay's Premier League to the heretofore unexploited world of American fandom.

The reason for my howdy-ing has everything to do with the Fox Broadcasting Company's decision Sunday morning to show...

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Tebow Saves Broncos Wild Card by Tebowing 3:16

(62) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Tim Tebow is the best evidence yet of the existence of his very own Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

No question, as jocks like to say with microphones in their mugs. Most definitely.

If you don't believe a heathen, then consider the indisputable video evidence that Tebow, quarterback of...

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ESPN Sports Guy Bill Simmons (Finally) Wrong About Basketball

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Bill Simmons is one of my heroes. Not only did he quit the Boston Herald just like me, but he went on to major in basketball with an email newsletter that grew into an ESPN mini-empire: The Sports Guy, the 30 for 30 documentaries, and now the exemplary Grantland Network,...

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Con Games: Joe Pa and the McQueary Query

(40) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 11:55 AM

Media shock and awe descended upon Happy Valley this week, but nothing was more shocking than the outcries and outrage leveled against Mike McQueary, the Penn State football team's wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator -- and the whistleblower against Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator now accused of sexual...

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Con Games: Chelsea FC's Beautifully Ugly EPL Game

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 10:25 AM

CON GAMES -- The Culture Editor of the New York Times, who deigns on bad days to write about sports, says: "Sports are absurd." (This in Sunday's New York Times Magazine.) But if you're a true sports fan, then you know Culture Editor is in way over his...

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Con Games: The Golden Age of Content Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 11:21 AM

Ink-stained wretches will find this hard to believe, but we the people have moved full-bore into the golden age of content. Despite the nosedive of print products everywhere, the actual market for content has never been better. Writers and editors who found their skill-sets archaic are about to find out...

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Con Games: Pray for Cleverley At Manchester United

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 11:13 AM

I am now on my knees praying for Tom Cleverley, the young midfielder from Manchester United cast down by undeserved injury early this season just as he was leading the famous side to one of its greatest starts ever. No one else seems to be talking about Cleverley, no one...

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Con Games: Erin Burnett, The Anchor From Citigroup, Seriously

(16) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 10:23 AM

I didn't know diddly about Erin Burnett, the new anchor at CNN, but I liked the video of her decamping to the bowels of capitalism to go womano-a-womano with the occupiers. I liked her willingness to expose the Dumbo qualities of some of the protesters, particularly when she told them...

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Con Games: The Death of Steve Jobs and the Post-Digital World

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Once upon a time, in a previous life, I launched myself into a limousine uninvited because Walter Cronkite was in the backseat and he was my ticket to ride. He was just about to retire, and he was kind enough to get me an interview at CBS in New York,...

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