Archive for August, 2011

“trash land” in Mozambique

Icon Written by Alex on August 27, 2011 – 3:08 pm

As a reporter who has been to Africa I am saddened, sickened, and inspired. This is … simply overwhelming. Please click here to see these photographs. Life in ‘trash land’ captured by photographer By Emily Wither, for CNN August 27, 2011 6:01 a.m. EDT (CNN) — For some living in Maputo, the capital of […]

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“Shutting the Drawer”: When THE BOOK Doesn’t Get Published, by Edan Lepucki

Icon Written by Alex on August 23, 2011 – 9:00 am

Very funny, insightful, and heartfelt essay in today’s The Millions on what happens when THE BOOK, THE NOVEL does not sell and how you’ll just DIE when that happens. Not that I know anything at all about that … no … but, you know, I’ve heard tell stories. Essays Shutting the Drawer: What Happens When […]

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Hunter Thompson Writes Rejections Letters for Rolling Stone

Icon Written by Alex on August 17, 2011 – 10:57 am

Damn. And I thought not hearing anything back from editors was tough. When Hunter S. Thompson Penned Rolling Stone‘s Rejection Letters If you’re going to get this kind of rejection letter it might as well be penned by Hunter S. Thompson. Rolling Stone should keep this on file to send out to other worthy rejectees. […]

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Interview About Clinical Trials on ‘Conversations’ with Lizz Sommars

Icon Written by Alex on August 15, 2011 – 9:30 am

This interview aired in Seattle on several radio stations. The host, Lizz Sommars, and I discuss all aspects of clinical trials and why the system of medical testing is heading for problems if not reformed or if improvements to the business-reliant model are not made soon. ‘Conversations’ – 8/14/11.

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Review of Chasing Medical Miracles by Anthropologist Joan C. Stevenson

Icon Written by Alex on August 11, 2011 – 10:03 am

Anytime you get a review in which the reviewer says, “I could not put this book down,” it’s a good day. When that praise comes from an anthropologist and is followed with, “This book is a must read for those contemplating volunteering for a clinical trial (advice in the Afterward), and it also provides discussion […]

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Dave Eggers in Salon about Teachers and Writing

Icon Written by Alex on August 2, 2011 – 9:36 am

…Over the next 10 years, I thought often about Mr. Criche’s six words. Whenever I felt discouraged, and this was often, it was those six words that came back to me and gave me strength. When a few instructors in college gently and not-so-gently tried to tell me I had no talent, I held Mr. Criche’s words before me like a shield. I didn’t care what anyone else thought. Mr. Criche, head of the whole damned English department at Lake Forest High, said I could be a writer. So I put my head down and trudged forward…

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