Fame in Portugal

When I was in Lisbon last week, I Twittered about it and out of nowhere, I got email from a journalist who wanted to come by for a chat. That’s one of those amazing internet moments: a connection that could never have been made otherwise. João Pedro Pereira came with his colleague, Pedro Ribeiro, and we had a really enjoyable chat on the balcony of my room at the Lapa Palace under a beautiful Portuguese sun as a photographer, Daniel Rocha, snapped away. What made it such fun was that Pedro announced that they’d be playing good-cop-bad-cop; João agrees with some of what I say on the blog, Pedro doesn’t. I’m still amazed they read it. I’m more amazed at the play this got today in their paper, Público, with a page-one promo and an inside section cover. I knew Portugal was a quiet country and this is the proof! Here’s the link. If they say I’m a fast-talking American who’s full of it, don’t tell me. Here’s the cover:


  • Carlos Afonso

    I read that news paper almost every day. Now I understand some of the questions. Thanks for contextualize.

  • Nuno Lisboa

    Nice , i belive in you to .

  • Nono,

    Thankfully, the writer translated the headline for me, so I get the joke.

    For the benefit of all, Mr. Pereira said the headline roughly translates to: “Reader, this professor believes in you”

  • Hi Jeff,

    You have to tell us what was the impression you get from Lisbon, (a city without Starbucks!!). It was your first visit? If you would have to pick a city in the States and in the world similar to Lisbon, which ones you pick!?

    p.s. Starbucks will open the first coffee house in Portugal in the 4th Quarter of 2008!

  • Rodrigo,

    It’s a beautiful city and I had great fun wandering around and taking pictures. I will also say that it was hard for me to get my hands around the life of the city; I was talking about that with one of the Conde Nast people at the meeting we attended. We expected to find some broad square with cafes all around: Venice-like. We didn’t. So it was hard to find that spot where you could dive into the city. It was also surprisingly quiet, at least in the morning (I went out running at 7a and there was no one around). One thing that reminded me very much of New York is that people don’t make a lot of eye contact, I think. It was hard to come away with much more in only three days, some of them filled with meetings.

  • Congratulations, Mr Jarvis! What a classy cover, good for you.

  • great picture. You look like (of all things) a TV news anchor.

  • Jeff, some portuguese journalists (about twelve, my last count) know you and read you. Those congrats João Pedro Pereira and they hope your words are read not only by the readers that you believe ;) , but also by their fellows and their editors — and specially by the owners of the media.
    Journalism in Internet is, well, late in Portugal. Few journalists blog and those who do it, do it for personal fun, we (almost) don’t have people taking web seriously as a media.
    And our newspapers web editions, well, their are poor, they are so 1.0. Público is the best one — it is almost a normal web edition, if you don’t look for links and stories and news about the web (your interview was a notorius exception).

    Well — Lisbon rocks, is a great city, come back soon.

  • Amazing how powerful a twitter comment can be!