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Jan.13.2011
The whole country is mourning for the victims in Tucson, Ariz. This week, we'll face the funerals, ushering in a whole new wave of grief. And then, quite abruptly, most of us will tune out. The length of public interest varies by tragedy, but the pattern is always the same. We put the event...
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Jan.11.2011
Here's the video to my segment on MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan Show today. They called it "Inside the mind of a killer." We discussed Jared Lee Loughner and four categories of mass murderer, including what I learned covering Columbine, and other tragedies since then, such as Virginia Tech. I...
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Jan.10.2011
I'm working on the Tucson tragedy this week, writing for many different publications. So I'll try to post the links here, and more quickly on Facebook and Twitter. (Feel free to friend/follow me there.) Today I have two pieces up, and another one will be on AOL News shortly--via our own RedRoom...
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Jan.08.2011
Here is the youtube video titled "Introduction: Jared Loughner." I screen-printed each frame, and copied them below. If these are too small to read, let me know, and I'll make them bigger:
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Jan.07.2011
No sooner had I finished complaining about the loneliness of life as a writer (deep in the comments), than the door buzzed. Books! Yea!!! I've been pining for my own copy of Patti Smiths' Just Kids since it came out last spring, but too cheap/poor to buy a copy. (And I've been on book-buying...
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Jan.07.2011
There were several explosions and a lot of smoke. Now about thirty firemen milling in clusters in front of my building with hatchets, five hook and ladders stretching down the block. (I'm near Lincoln Center, on the Upper West Side.) They say a transformer blew, under the street one building over...
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Jan.06.2011
Another kid shot up his high school in Omaha, Nebraska yesterday. More kids are quietly committing suicide. It can be depressing. It should be a call for action. Not because it's a new problem, because it's an old problem, which we have failed to address: depression. The frustrating part, but...
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Jan.04.2011
Rising, slowly, from the snow . . . Garbage. The blizzard struck nine days ago, hitting hard and fast. We overcame that pretty quickly. The garbage has risen gradually. The last seven days in pictures:  The first piles were apparently planted before the storm. By Wednesday night, December 29,...
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Dec.30.2010
Let me start with a small example. Last night I updated Facebook riding home from the gym: Colorful girls laughing it up on the 1 train. Loving their energy, but tourist woman glancing up nervously, cautiously. Aw. They won't hurt u. I was really moved by the girls and then startled by the out-of-...
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Dec.29.2010
It took three days to get back to New York City through the blizzard. That was no fun, especially my Kafka experience all day Sunday. But I actually enjoyed the mini-adventure yesterday. Here it is, through my iPhone lens, as I responded to it on Facebook at the time (with a few edits):  9:30...
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Dec.28.2010
You all know how to find The Catcher in the Rye* and Freedom, so I'm suggesting some wonderful books you might not have heard of. I checked them all out, and they're all available on Kindle, so presumably most are in the other formats, too. The links are to Amazon Kindle. Ideas: David Eagleman's...
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Dec.28.2010
This I wrote late Monday nightL In seven more hours, I try the Kafka trip back to NYC, part 2. I was supposed to go via Dallas, starting at 6 a.m., which sounds like a long, gross way to get there from Chicago, but several American Airlines agents told me how lucky I was to have that seat. At...
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Dec.28.2010
Note: I'm late posting this here from Sunday: My first New York City storm and I'm missing it. Drat. Plus, yesterday was an absurdly unproductive day, which I spent in a Kafka novel. The shit started just before midnight on Christmas, while losing at cards with my family, which I don't like....
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Dec.23.2010
Five minutes into the Today Show this morning, the substitute co-host provided a stunning example of how not to interview a victim. Karen Hernandez had just lost her home and virtually everything she had in the California mudslides. The Today host began a live interview, and at first Karen...
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Dec.23.2010
I stepped into a NYC department store yesterday. I've visited the city maybe a dozen times, and lived her six months, but yeah, that was my first. I don't enjoy shopping. But damn, we spent most of the afternoon.  It was maybe not the best day for it. Way too many people, kind of a mess...
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