Category Archives: Disturbingly Personal

Newsweek: What Went Wrong

I’m saddened by the for sale sign that’s been put up at Newsweek.  For what it’s worth, I hope they find a buyer who can keep the magazine alive. There are bunch of good people working there, and as the … Continue reading

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What do journalists and starving artists have in common?

I’ve picked up on a journalists-as-starving-artist meme lately. (Okay, two columns mention it, both on Truthdig.org.) As Alan Mutter said of young journalists in his Reflections of a Newsosaur blog, “The starving-artist lifestyle may be colorful and appealing for a … Continue reading

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I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story, in paperback

Today, the paperback version of my book was released. As advertised, there’s a new afterword, a new cover, a couple of pages with quotes of all the nice things reviewers said about the book, and a reading discussion group guide. … Continue reading

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MoveOn.org heeds call from The Hastings Report, breaks silence on Afghanistan!

Kidding. But it’s fun to take partial credit it for it anyway. I’ve devoted a couple of posts to blasting MoveOn.org over the past few months for their awkward silence on Afghanistan(as recently as three days ago.) So it’s only fair that … Continue reading

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A brief viewer's guide to what 'District 9' can tell Americans about occupying Iraq, Afghanistan

District 9 is a rare cinematic experience. At least twice during the movie, I broke the no talking rule, and said out loud: “This film is ******* crazy.” I meant it as a compliment. Obviously, I’m not alone. District 9 … Continue reading

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Interview: Writing a 'big, big, life' Plus: What Hemingway wrote to Norman Mailer

Years ago, in my very early twenties, I set out to write a book. I started a routine. I no longer drank, so I substituted a glass bottle of sparkling water for beer (similar heft), thrived on a diet of Parliament Lights … Continue reading

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Off Topic Friday: Vermont's Liberal Lake Monster?

Big news from the Green Mountain State this week: a sighting of Champ, the legendary beast said to live in Lake Champlain. Champ is sort of like the Loch Ness monster, but not as spooky. Most artist renditions of Champ … Continue reading

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