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May.26.2009
The Daily Sam is stepping up its level of reportage (pretty fancy word, huh? Doesn’t that make you feel educated?) by adding a foreign correspondent: my twenty-year-old son Daniel Barry. Daniel has been overseas for two years now and has visited more than forty countries in that time. Presently he...
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May.25.2009
When we last left our heroes, I was resigning myself to looking like John Belushi at my wedding, Sheila was getting ready to punch out the dress designer, and Audrey had succumbed to her inner new-age-post-modern poet. Susanne was in Miami and New York, but happy to start a new dress search if only...
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May.25.2009
Summer has begun in the United States. It may not be the official beginning of summer, but take my word, this is it. Or don’t take my word. Ask any kid; they’ll tell you. Sure, school is still in session, but summer is here. (I would ask my beautiful daughter Laura, but she is asleep. Last night...
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May.23.2009
It makes sense that we think about sex a lot. We are designed to reproduce so that there will be a steady supply of us to watch American Idol and eat dinner at Olive Garden restaurants. But why the pigeons? That’s right. The pigeons are landing on my roof again. One single male--let’s call him Dick...
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May.22.2009
Yesterday we dealt with the matter of the existence of God. Today we will wrestle with a related and equally difficult question: is there life after death? It happens that I have inside knowledge on this one. I work for HarperOne, and we are the publisher of two bestselling books by James Van...
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May.21.2009
Today we are going to focus on the question, is there a God? But before I get to that, I want to report on what happened at this past Sunday’s Bay to Breaker’s in San Francisco. Bay to Breakers is an annual footrace that starts at the northeast end of the downtown area a few blocks from the...
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May.20.2009
The usual suspects were all unavailable to attend that first wedding dress fitting (real-life excuses ranged from "my husband is having surgery" to "I'll be on a plane to visit my aging father" to "I have to take a friend to her oncologist"...facts of middle-aged...
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May.20.2009
“Now what?” asks the headline of the San Francisco Examiner, featuring a picture of a glum but determined Governor Schwarzenegger. The dilemma is that our state budget is a complete mess and our dysfunctional government is running out of money. The governor put some propositions up for a vote...
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May.19.2009
We had an election here in California today involving referendums that none of us understood. One respectable paper suggested voting no on all of them, and another respectable paper that normally holds about the same position as paper number one said vote yes on all of them. Basically this very “...
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May.18.2009
In book publishing the publishers generally pay the author an advance against royalties—meaning, the author gets some money up front, and if the book earns back that amount plus other expenses, the author will start getting more money. Most authors get relatively small advances that aren’t enough...