John Jeremiah Sullivan "Back in the Day" Michael Jackson Article - GQ September 2009
ichael finds himself back in the old Motown building for a day, doing some video mixing, when Berry Gordy approaches and asks him to be in the twenty-fifth-anniversary special on NBC. Michael demurs. A claustrophobic moment for him. All of that business, his brothers, Motown, the Jackson 5, the past: That's all a cocoon he's been writhing inside, finally chewing through. He knows that "Billie Jean" has exploded; he's becoming something else. But the animal inside him that is his ambition senses the opportunity. He strikes his legendary deal with Gordy, that he'll perform with his brothers if he's allowed to do one of his own solo, post-Motown hits as well. Gordy agrees.
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Meet the Man Who Founded Ello After Selling a $35K Pair of Pants
Search sucks. But the company has clearly tapped into a deep desire for a Facebook alternative. When the site launched in early August, there were just 90 members—all friends of Budnitz—who had been operating their own private social network for about a year. On Monday, Ello was peaking at 50,000 new member requests per hour. “We kind of expected to scale,” he says, “but we kind of didn’t expect to scale this fast.”
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