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Kiese Laymon and Casey Gerald Confront American Success - The Atlantic
“It ain’t about making white folk feel what you feel,” she told him—advice that Gerald’s Granny seems to have lived by too. “It’s about not feeling what they want you to feel. Do you hear me? You better know from whence you came and forget about those folk.” Unlike the American Memoir, our stories must be honest. That is how we get free.
memory  books  nonfiction  writing  race  usa  academia  family  identity  presence 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932-2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War | Frieze
Modernity is war on ever increasing scales: expanding from the tactical to the strategic to the logistic. World War II was won not by generals but by quartermasters, by the ones who kept the biggest flows of boots and bullets and bodies moving toward the front.

Modernity is also war on more and more kinds of terrain. Warfare not only took to the air but to the airwaves. The modern world is a condition of generalized information warfare. Not only is architecture vulnerable to bombs, it proves defenseless against information, passing through the doors and walls of our homes, rearranging the space and time we imagine we live within.
war  information  philosophy  speech  theory  writing  nonfiction  wwii  terrorism  terror 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
On Mourning Your Former Selves - Original Essay by Morgan Jerkins
I have disturbed myself: this is how I know that I have accomplished something grand. I have unraveled a part of myself, and my emotional and physiological responses demonstrate that what I have written is not trivial. And therefore, the title seems fitting: This is (in fact) my undoing.
time  memory  writing  storytelling  transparency  nonfiction  identity 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali About 'The Monk of Mokha'
One day I walked into a specialty coffee shop and had a cup of naturally processed coffee from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region. I tasted blueberries, honeysuckle, and it had a sweet lingering aftertaste. The barista spoke to me about where it was grown, the elevation, varietal, how it was processed — but most of all, how their direct relationship to these growers make it possible for the farmers to make more money and live a better life. That part of it really became my entry point into the world of coffee.
coffee  drinking  africa  food  farming  culture  writing  nonfiction  books 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Richard Hell Interview - Richard Hell Very Clean Tramp Book Autobiography - Esquire
When you're young, you don't especially think of yourself as being young. You're just alive and everything's interesting and you don't think of things in terms of age because you're not conscious of it. But then you hit your 40s and you realize, well, you're still alive but you're not young anymore. And things start taking a different kind of aspect. And you start getting curious about what it all adds up to. What does it mean to outlive your youth? I wanted to hold my life in my hands and turn it around and look at it in different ways to figure out what the hell had happened, to see if I could put it outside of myself and make it into a material object that I could grasp. So that was part of it. And the other part was I like writing books.
aging  punk  music  rock  writing  biography  nonfiction  history  attention 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
New research details how journalists verify information | Poynter.
“[T]he aspiration to vet the news is an essential goal of most journalists, but … the processes for living up to that goal are not well-defined and not rigorous enough. And for journalism to survive, much more needs to be done to give the process of verification more throw weight.”
media  journalism  data  nonfiction  reputation  information  research 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Rob Sheffield's Eighties Odyssey | Rolling Stone Music
That pretty much sums up the Eighties to me, and I think that's why people still gravitate towards that period, when people were so open-eared and experimental. It's a sense that these boundaries had been crashed down by artists like Michael Jackson or Duran Duran or Grandmaster Flash. There was a sense that rock could be influenced by disco and hip-hop could be influenced by pop. There was this really kind of glorious moment where every station that was playing the Human League and the Clash was also playing the Pointer Sisters and Marvin Gaye. I thought that was going to be the future from now on.
music  1980s  radio  pop  rock  books  nonfiction 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Francis Fukuyama’s New History of Human Social Structures -
Much of what I read here reminded me strongly of Kim Stanley Campbell's "The Years of Rice and Salt."
books  nonfiction  science  behavior  power  culture  research 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Francis Fukuyama’s New History of Human Social Structures -
“My argument is that the rule of law comes out of organized religion, and that democracy is a weird accident of history,” he said. “Parliaments in Europe had legal rights, and it was a complete historical accident that the English Parliament could fight a civil war and produce a constitutional settlement that became the basis of modern democracy.”
democracy  history  politics  power  europe  books  nonfiction  behavior 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
High on the Stones by Dan Chiasson | The New York Review of Books
I am not making an original point, but it cannot be reiterated enough: the experience of making and taking in culture is now, for the first time in human history, a condition of almost paralyzing overabundance. For millennia it was a condition of scarcity; and all the ways we regard things we want but cannot have, in those faraway days, stood between people and the art or music they needed to have: yearning, craving, imagining the absent object so fully that when the real thing appears in your hands, it almost doesn’t match up. Nobody will ever again experience what Keith Richards and Mick Jagger experienced in Dartford, scrounging for blues records. The Rolling Stones do not happen in any other context: they were a band based on craving, impersonation, tribute: white guys from England who worshiped black blues and later, to a lesser extent, country, reggae, disco, and rap.
culture  culturalstudies  memoir  writing  nonfiction  books  music  rock  blues  youtube  social 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
I, Reader by Alexander Chee - The Morning News
The world remains beautiful and terrible at the same time, and either way, I know it doesn’t care what I think or feel about it. There are things to do to help others, and there are things that may never change. But if I learned anything from all of this, it’s my first, oldest lesson as a reader: There is always going to be a book that saves you. There is also a new lesson: You do not know how it will get to you.
writing  attention  books  culture  behavior  fiction  ipad  kindle  reading  nonfiction  relationships 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback; The Sorrows of Empire, Dead at 79 |
In one of my fondest memories of Chalmers and Sheila Johnson at their home with their then Russian blue cats, MITI and MOF, named after the two engines of Japan's political economy -- Chal railed against the journal, Foreign Affairs, which he saw as a clap trap of statist conventionalism. He decided he had had enough of the journal and of the organization that published it, the Council on Foreign Relations. So, Chalmers called the CFR and told the young lady on the phone to cancel his membership.

The lady said, "Professor Johnson, I'm sorry sir. No one cancels their membership in the Council in Foreign Relations. Membership is for life. People are canceled when they die."

Chalmers Johnson, not missing a beat, said "Consider me dead."
foreign  empire  military  economy  japan  news  politics  power  geography  books  nonfiction  obituaries 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Black women's cries that roused the world
"But "At the Dark End of the Street" is a story of courage. The women did tell, again and again." # books
nonfiction  from twitter
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
James T. Kloppenberg Discusses His ‘Reading Obama’ -
“To critics on the left he seems a tragic failure, a man with so much potential who has not fulfilled the promise of change that partisans predicted for his presidency,. To the right he is a frightening success, a man who has transformed the federal government and ruined the economy.”
obama  politics  books  philosophy  reading  power  nonfiction 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Book review: 'Bob Dylan in America' by Sean Wilentz -
"Although reminiscent of the modernists' collages," Wilentz writes, "Dylan's method aimed not simply at allusion but at something very different, essential to his recent work — more emphatic, at times risky dissolution of distinctions between past and present, as well as between high and low, scholarly and popular, exotic and familiar, moving between and among them as if it required no effort."
books  bobdylan  nonfiction  criticism  music  1960s  history  art  creativity 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sex Offender Week: Rivers Cuomo Messes You Up Forever - The Awl
I am not the world's leading expert on emotional maturity. I find that PJ Harvey song about mutilating dudes to be emotionally useful, on a more or less continual basis. But I will tell you this: The moment you, the female listener, break up with your internal Rivers Cuomo, the moment you renounce this particular mode of male expression and declare it no longer desirable or cute, the moment you no longer confuse the feeling of wanting to take a boy home and make him soup and somehow fix all his problems via blow job with love, is the moment that you're free. Because, at that point, you no longer care so much about his feelings. You still care, of course, about those. But never more than you care about your own.
feminism  music  humor  writing  nonfiction  1990s  relationships  love  men  women  rock 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sobriety and Maggie Dammit: What It's Like Now | BlogHer
And yes, I get angry -— new, and scary, but clean. And yes I get scared -— new, and scary, but clean. And yes I get brutally honest -— new, and scary, but clean. Because I also get happy, now, joyous, even, and while terrifying, it’s the cleanest I’ve ever felt, a spick-and-span soul, a core clicked into place, an energy whirring and humming along as it should be, through no doing of my own. My life a beast that cannot, should not, be wrangled, tamed, steered, one that’s happiest if I simply let it run as I hold on tight, but not too tight, close my eyes against the force of it and ride.
drinking  alcohol  health  behavior  sobriety  writing  nonfiction 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
True Stories: Brazilian Girls -
More than once, I had to fight the urge to step back, raise my hands defensively over my head, and say, "Despite the fact that I am foreign, and am somewhat interested in getting into your pants, I am not objectifying you. I respect you as a human being, who happens to be female and Brazilian."
sex  brazil  writing  nonfiction  travel  language  identity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
StoryCorps Project comes to San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum -
"If you were an alien dropped down on earth and watched popular or tabloid media, you might think we are a country of Internet sex predators and spoiled children of billionaires and want-to-be reality contestants," says Isay, a MacArthur fellow who has won five Peabody awards for his radio documentaries. "That is not who we are as Americans. The real Americans are the vast majority of people who care about their families and communities and live lives defined by quiet acts of courage and kindness."
story  public  bayarea  sanfranciso  judaism  history  nonfiction  radio  documentary 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
All About Bob: Alt-rock legend Bob Mould talks about his music, his writing and the uncertainty of life: Feature Story at Metro Weekly magazine - News articles from Washington DC newspaper
Rarely can we predict how life is going to go. There are parts of it that are autobiographical, certain lines or stanzas are things that literally happened to me. And then there are things that are completely observational, things that I've overheard at a bar or things that friends have confided. Inside of that, the needle goes back and forth between the two. As I've gotten older, I've realized that in art or in storytelling, there's really not that much difference between fiction and non-fiction. The job is to stand back and let the story unfold. It has to have an emotional connection so that you can tell that story. That's the core of where I'm at as a writer now. That's how life goes. You hope it's going to end better this time, whatever it is. Whether it's something as simple as a conversation, or something as complicated as the passing of a parent or a loved one, you hope the next time you're better equipped for the ending.
songwriting  story  writing  fiction  nonfiction  death  aesthetics  identity  music 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge Confessions of an obituarist
My profession is a venerable craft that dates back hundreds of years to the earliest days of the popular press, but it may be on life support now itself. Not only are hard economic times sparking layoffs, buyouts and other cutbacks in the newspaper business and threatening to make the obituary page an endangered species, modern technology and the Internet are having a radical impact on how we, as a society, commemorate a life — and it's not all for the good.
obituaries  newspapers  media  writing  nonfiction  death  technology  internet  journalism 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New York Press - MATT TAIBBI - Shoveling Coal for Satan
"Everyone in the commercial media, and that includes Hitchens, knows what his real job is: feeding the monkey. We are professional space-fillers, frivolously tossing content-pebbles in an ever-widening canyon of demand, cranking out one silly pack-mule after another for toothpaste and sneaker ads to ride on straight into the brains of the stupefied public."
journalism  writing  nonfiction  news  media  ethics  creativity  blogging 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
David Foster Wallace's "Roger Federer as Religious Experience" - Tennis - New York Times
"[...] Of course, in men’s sports no one ever talks about beauty or grace or the body. Men may profess their “love” of sports, but that love must always be cast and enacted in the symbology of war: elimination vs. advance, hierarchy of rank and standing, obsessive statistics, technical analysis, tribal and/or nationalist fervor, uniforms, mass noise, banners, chest-thumping, face-painting, etc. For reasons that are not well understood, war’s codes are safer for most of us than love’s. [...]"
sports  writing  essay  nonfiction  beauty  men  war  love  toread 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge Late love
"Ralph, Ralph. Dear God, Ralph had sent me 50 roses for my 50th birthday. And my husband, whose name wasn't Ralph, was holding his card. This wasn't a promising start to my second half-century, nor, it must be said, to our romantic getaway to Hovey Manor. [...]"
canada  love  relationships  marriage  disease  mourning  death  writing  nonfiction 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - Photo Shoot
"Should I smile?" I ask.

"Just try and look natural," the young woman says, her finger moving toward the camera's shutter button. "Relax. This is going to be fun."

My face breaks into a smile. This is going to be fun.

The camera clicks and whirrs — capturing a moment in time that will never come again.

Man, I hope I don't look constipated.
photography  food  restaurant  writing  nonfiction  blogging  books  anonymity 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - Elizabeth Royte
"[...] I urge people to learn about the real social and environmental impacts of bottled water, and to learn what's going on with their own water supply. Don't just assume that it's bad. Test the water if you have any doubts, find out if there are any contaminants, and if you have concerns get a good filter, on-tap or under the sink. And get a good reusable bottle.

If there isn't public support for municipal water supplies, it will be difficult to ask people to accept rate increases or support bond offers to maintain them. People will feel like, I'm not drinking from it. Why should my tax dollars go there? That will only result in deterioration of our water supplies. Only those people who can afford to drink good water, in hygienically sealed plastic bottles, will have access. Everyone else will be left to drink increasingly inferior public water supplies."
water  environment  politics  books  writing  nonfiction  local  taxes  social 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New York Press - JERRY PORTWOOD - Nerd Mentality
“That’s one of the interesting things about becoming a de-stigmatized category that people, in theory, think is cool. If people are falsely claiming to be nerds, I shouldn’t recoil when I’m called a nerd.”
identity  aesthetics  fashion  marketing  books  nonfiction  nyc 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Our Shaky Beginnings - The New York Review of Books
"All the distinctions that later attached to race were already present in the deep divide between 'civil' and 'uncivil.' Warfare between Indians and English in all the colonies took on an ideological intensity that heightened the brutality."
virginia  history  usa  nonfiction 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge Books | Is everything we know about American history wrong?
"'When the legend becomes fact,' says the editor in John Ford's 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,' 'print the legend.' Horwitz's suggestion is more radical: Let the legend and fact intertwine in a never-resolving dance."
history  story  virginia  nonfiction  usa  genocide 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A quarter century of columns touch on a collection of our favorite things - The Advocate
"That's what having your own column lets you to do - sit in judgment on the world as you know it. Being a weak man, I've never resisted that temptation, although to be honest, I've always considered it a privilege."
newspapers  connecticut  medianews  writing  nonfiction 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Martin John Brown
"I had to conclude knitting was that rarest of social activities: something that helped people listen and observe, not just worry and talk."
creativity  attention  leisure  writing  nonfiction  books 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: This is really a newspaper
"Opinion is useful, sometimes funny, sometimes incisive, but it ain't no good without data. Newspapers are the fountainhead of data. We do the necessary job - well, not me, but real journalists. And we do it because we are trained to do it. We have, dare
newspapers  media  journalism  data  information  nonfiction  blogging  weblogs 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - Live Blogging: How It Makes Us Better Journalists
"I felt the kind of pressure one feels when covering a breaking news story, a need to make sure I got the quotes right, any stray bits of atmosphere for perspective I can pick up and work in."
blogging  journalism  media  newspapers  online  www  blogs  writing  nonfiction  conference 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: It's Not You, It's Your Books
“I think sometimes it’s better if books are just books. It’s part of the romantic tragedy of our age that our partners must be seen as compatible on every level.”
books  essay  literature  nytimes  reading  relationships  fiction  nonfiction  love  aesthetics  identity 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Q&A with Clay Shirky, author of
"[W]hen the social density is high enough — which is to say, when everybody you know is online — suddenly the internet becomes a way of coordinating real life rather than replacing it."
social  socialnetworking  bloging  wikipedia  attention  reputation  presence  internet  nonfiction  research  yasns  flickr  email 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sexuality History – Write Your Own Sexual History
"[It's] a different kind of exercise. It’s only for your benefit and as such you get to define the terms and parameters and even the questions."
writing  sex  history  nonfiction  power  gender 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Lies and consequences |
"How is the reading public to trust us as storytellers, historical and cultural documenters, reporters and opinion-shapers if we, the publishing industry, continue to appear unable to distinguish between fact and fiction, truth and mendacity?"
story  publishing  books  journalism  media  writing  fiction  nonfiction  history  culture  reading 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Race Card - Richard Thompson Ford - Book Review - New York Times
"We should begin by looking at racial injustice as a social problem to be solved collectively rather than as a series of discrete wrongs perpetrated by bad people."
books  politics  race  reviews  nonfiction  criticism  black  white  asian  latino  justice  social  ethics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Not a Memoir: Shalom Auslander
"Respect muttered, climbed out the window and said, 'You're wasting your time.' Rage opened my laptop, pressed the power button and said, 'Write.' And so I did."
memory  writing  nonfiction  fiction  books  publishing  creativity  history  judaism  religion  parenting 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Kevin Smokler
"The essence of an anthology is that the issue at hand deserves more than one voice to answer it. Otherwise, it's a monologue and those other names on the book cover are window dressing."
writing  novels  authors  books  nonfiction  fiction  creativity 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CJR: The Redemption of Chris Rose
“It’d be interesting if every newspaper treated its community as if it were at risk. And if you took a good look at most major dailies, they are. Not at risk of dying and being wiped off the map. But look at the state of the American city [...]"
journalism  neworleans  cities  urban  media  newspapers  drugs  alcohol  writing  nonfiction  lousiana  katrina 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
INTHEFRAY Magazine: Back to basics: Why newspapers need to embrace narrative
"Narrative is deliberate. Its structure, style, and voice are employed to reflect levels of meaning — social, psychological, historical — and to impart a sense of the greater significance of the action."
story  newspapers  media  journalism  community  social  public  nonfiction  news 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Daniel Walker Howe - What Hath God Wrought
"I use it without punctuation as an ambiguous quotation, that serves, as does my book, both to affirm and question the American experience in the years between 1815 and 1848."
books  race  usa  history  nonfiction  aesthetics 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Cheeky Lotus: 30
What notes would you write to yourself going back over the last 10 years?
writing  nonfiction  fiction  blogging  blogs  blog 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Al Qaeda Reader. - By Reza Aslan - Slate Magazine
"[I]f we are truly locked in an ideological war, as the president keeps reminding us, then our greatest weapons are our words. And thus far, instead of fighting this war on our terms, we have been fighting it on al-Qaida's."
terror  politics  books  nonfiction  writing  bush  usa  aesthetics  september11  president 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
HuffPo: Baratunde Thurston: How My Barber Made Me Feel Like a Republican
Good gugga-mugga. He makes a brother glad I still have my 'fro -- for now.
hair  black  boston  writing  nonfiction 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Five Obstructions
"I like notes because they represent unstructured material. They come as they come. They come out of nothing, out of moods—good or bad—they are points in blank space. They are absolutely born without storyline. That’s the beauty of notes."
writing  nonfiction  media  journalism  criticism  minimalism  art  cinema  film 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Web Cadre Turns the Tables on African Scam Artists - New York Times
“Some are so greedy they will do anything to restore the confidence of their intended victim, including pose with a fish on their head or have milk poured over them while holding a sign with a silly message.”
africa  internet  humor  books  nonfiction  communication  african  behavior  email  reputation 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Writers Like Me - Books - Review - New York Times
“People who came half a generation before us [...] were beholden to a lot of their parents’ expectations, namely, that if you go to a prestigious school, you’re going to become a doctor or a lawyer, you’re not going to 'waste your time' writing."
writing  fiction  nonfiction  black  books  novels  art  identity  marketing  creativity  ethnicity 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Film director Michael Winterbottom on journalists
"[Y]ou realize they're responsible for 90 percent of the information you receive. They're responsible for bringing you firsthand information, so right away they make for interesting characters."
journalism  media  film  cinema  story  fiction  nonfiction 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Culture Blog! : Future Fresser: Required Reading
"So I present here three edifying histories of the development of California's mesmerizing technological, commercial and spiritual but ultimately amnesiac culture, and they're printed on books. Remember those?" Nice :-)
books  banc  nonfiction  sanfrancisco  history 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Lifestyles of the Rich
"All good journalism is really travel writing. You prepare for a serious story the way a foreign correspondent would. You buy the maps, you learn the language, you hang out with the locals — not just the taxi drivers! — and then you write."
writing  travel  journalism  money  class  books  nonfiction  economics  poor 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Life in Rim Shots - Dick Cavett - Opinion - Times Select - New York Times Blog
“ 'He’ll screw it up, you know,' I said." "I know. The only way to get him to print a joke right is to tell it to him wrong."
comedy  humor  writing  journalism  story  nonfiction  memory  creativity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) - New York Times
"[W]e find that these narratives guide behavior in every moment, and frame not only how we see the past but how we see ourselves in the future."
story  nonfiction  memory  psychology  identity  behavior 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Why a Famous Counterfactual Historian Loves Making History With Games
"The power of counterfactual thinking is that forces us to step outside of our comfort zones. When we think about historical events, we have 20/20 hindsight -- so we forget how confusing and uncertain they were at the time."
history  games  technology  story  nonfiction  memory  information  thinking 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
JS Online: Authors find Clarence Thomas puzzling
"We're the first to filter his life through a racial prism. [...] I think the myth was that race wasn't important to him, but we found it was. [...] He's very conscious of his own black skin. He talks about it a lot."
race  justice  georgia  supremecourt  black  nonfiction  interviews 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge Life | A year of eating locally
"We can use that buying power in a transaction that burns excessive fossil fuels, erodes topsoil, supports multinationals that pay their workers just a few bucks a day -- or [...] strengthen neighborhood food economies, keep green spaces alive [...]"
food  farming  books  nonfiction  virgina  interviews 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge Life | My backroad memorial
"About 10 times a year, I get completely airborne in my vehicle while speeding over the railroad tracks just past my daughters' elementary school a mile from our house."
nonfiction  family  memory  california  rock  music  cars 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Virgin: The Untouched History - Hanne Blank - Books - Review - New York Times
"Under the Roman Empire, fathers had the right to kill their daughters if they had sex before marriage (or outside of it later), and the right to kill the offending male as well. Imagine if this were the case [...] today: half of Manhattan would be dead."
sex  men  feminism  women  gender  genocide  books  research  nonfiction  parenting  children 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking - Theater - New York Times
"My husband had died, our only child had died, I was no longer exactly the person I had been. It was necessary to try something new. Something the person I had been would not have tried. Something high-risk."
theater  playwriting  drama  nonfiction  writing  creativity 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - By Ishmael Beah - Books - Review - New York Times
"Beah tells a story of a messenger sent by the rebels. All his fingers had been amputated except his thumbs. In more peaceful times, Sierra Leoneans used to give one another a thumbs-up sign that meant 'one love' (a gestural echo of the reggae song) [..]"
africa  writing  nonfiction  war  memory 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A foreigner links Japan to its soul - International Herald Tribune
"At a time when Japan was obsessed with gaining material wealth, it took a foreigner to warn that it was losing something else. Lafcadio Hearn is a way for Japan to regain touch with its soul."
japan  story  public  nonfiction  writing  asian 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge Life | Geisha grrrls
"They hear this stuff from their moms, And they're like, 'Once you get married and have kids, you're locked into an 18-year job.' If you can delay that, then you can travel, you can learn languages, you can make your own money, do your own thing."
women  gender  feminism  work  corporations  japan  asia  men  nonfiction  interviews 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Chips Quinn Scholars: Doing "a greater good for the place I call home"
"The beauty is that I know what the people on the street know, what the people in the newsroom know and part of what the city administrators know."
journalism  oakland  media  newspapers  nonfiction  cities  community  work  jobs  politics 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties - By Robert Stone
"If the memoir makes just one outright policy statement, it’s in protest of neverending public burning not only of individuals but of the idea that consciousness is private, and not a domain for armed agents of the state."
drugs  books  nonfiction  memory  literature  1960s 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How to Speak a Book
"Everything we write — through any medium — is lost in translation. But something new is always found again, in their eager years. In Derrida’s fears. Make that: in the reader’s ears."
writing  fiction  nonfiction  novels  shortstory  aesthetics  creativity  identity  technology 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Should I ditch my newspaper? | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
"I tend to miss out on the small items out of left field that would never catch my eye online. I read less of the long-form stories, which is ironic since it's my favorite form and one I enjoy writing."
writing  nonfiction  journalism  newspapers  media  social  environment  marketing 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Advertisements for myself | Salon Books
"What we truly want from a personal ad can never be put into words, so what we're left with is a set of acronyms ("DJW ISO SWM") with a few hobbies attached. This is a language game par excellence."
language  relationships  newspapers  media  love  marriage  men  women  writing  nonfiction  fiction  philosophy  aesthetics  identity  improvisation  creativity 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Burying Placenta in Boise | New West Network
"The organ still looked fresh and I was a little nervous someone would see me carrying a shovel, my right hand bloodstained, an empty plastic bag in my back pocket. What did organ thieves do before baby wipes?"
children  parenting  idaho  boise  writing  nonfiction 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Center for Citizen Media: Blog » Blog Archive » The Demise of the Professional Photojournalist
"In a world of ubiquitous media tools, which is almost here, someone will be on the spot every time.And there will be business models and methods to support their work."
photography  photojournalism  aesthetics  journalism  media  nonfiction 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Tom Waits
"There is no such thing as nonfiction. There is no such thing as truth. People who really know what happened aren't talking. And the people who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up."
nonfiction  fiction  music  poetry  songwriting  creativity  friendship  story  journalism  documentary  behavior  interview  pitchfork 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Ross digs, hits news jackpot -
"All I was thinking was 'Who's trying to pull something here? How are we going to authenticate this?' And then Foley did it for us. He resigned."
journalism  politics  republicans  gop  nonfiction 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Wrestling With Miles Davis and His Demons
“There was a lot more soul to Miles than has been previously depicted. [...] If they don’t find some light in his life, it will be just another black junkie Harlem-nights movie.”
cinema  jazz  music  creativity  nonfiction  fiction 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
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