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The creative class is a lie in Salon by Scott Timberg

Icon Written by Alex on October 5, 2011 – 8:46 pm

Scott Timberg is one of the most insightful people blogging and writing today. His articles consistently provide astute looks at how culture is evolving. This latest example from Salon is no exception. I continue to urge you to follow Scott on his blog, The Misread City. The creative class is a lie The dream of […]

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“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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Overseas Clinical Trials: Fault Lines – Al Jazeera English

Icon Written by Alex on July 23, 2011 – 3:01 pm

… I spoke to one of the Al Jazeera producers for this segment when the story was being developed. They were originally intending to go to Africa, and maybe even Uganda, where I conducted research, but instead went to India. The stories told about trials in India in the segment are similar to stories I wrote about and researched while in Africa…

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Molly Melching and the Skoll Foundation

Icon Written by Alex on July 6, 2011 – 10:08 am

It’s not often enough we can share good news about people making a real difference to make the world a better place. But such os the case of Molly Melching. Melching, who I recently learned about, is a true inspiration of how one person can improve the lives of others. Melching has been working in Senegal for more than 30 years,. She arrived as a 24-year-old college student after missing the telegram saying the program she was going to enroll with in Africa was, in fact, cancelled. She didn’t go home., Instead, she looked around and dedicated herself and her life to improving the country and the lives of women in the country.

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Bolaño and DeLillo Books

Icon Written by Alex on June 7, 2011 – 9:23 am

The painter Peter Young lent me a book by Roberto Bolaño here in Bisbee two years ago. I sat with 2666 for a month and alternately hugged it close and threw it across the room. I ended up loving the book and the writer’s controlled emotional style of writing. I discovered Don DeLillo when a guy on 2nd Avenue was selling books spread out on a blanket on the sidewalk in 1984. “People uptown love this guy!” he said when I handed over $3 for an old copy of Great Jones Street.

Dwight Garner reviews nonfiction from Bolaño called Between Parenthesis — cool title — while has a terse page about The Angel Esmeralda, a first collection of short fiction with nine stories from DeLillo, due out in November. It’s a good day to be a person who loves to read. Enjoy Garner’s review and more information at More …

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Essay on Curing Diabetes: Would I Do it Again?

Icon Written by Alex on May 12, 2011 – 4:07 pm

A site called, dedicated to diabetes, ran an essay of mine called Curing Diabetes: Would I Do it Again? It’s about my transplant and the fallout from it. There are some kind and interesting comments at the bottom of the piece. It’s a wonderful site I urge you to visit for more than just what I’ve written.

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