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Reagan biographer Lou Cannon reflects on politics and journalism

SUMMERLAND, CA – One of the giants of political journalism decided to hang up at 88. But anyone who knows Lou Cannon doesn’t think for a moment that retirement means more time on the beach or crawling on all fours with one of his seven great-grandchildren. Cannon has reached Chapter …

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Joan Didion, American journalist and author, dies at 87

Joan Didion, America’s preeminent journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, has died at her home in Manhattan, New York, The New York Times reported. She was 87 years old. The cause of death was Parkinson’s disease, according to an email sent to the newspaper by Paul Bogaards, an executive at Didion’s …

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Journalist Quinones’ book links new methamphetamine to the growth of tent camps in cities

It’s often referred to as the “fourth wave” of the country’s drug crisis: first painkillers, then heroin, then fentanyl, and now stimulants like methamphetamine. While there are no exact numbers, Massachusetts health care providers and law enforcement say methamphetamine use is on the rise here. The state legislature created a …

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The reporter who predicted the opioid epidemic is sounding the alarm on the next wave

An alley in Huntington, West Virginia, the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, in 2017. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images) When journalist Sam Quinones set out to find a buyer for the book that became “Dreamland” ten years ago, there was little interest. Only one publisher was interested in …

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It’s time to break up the Art Boys Club once and for all

AAt a recent dinner, when the woman sitting across from me asked me about my work, I said that I had just finished writing a biography of American painter Sam Francis. Assuming she, like most people outside the art world, wouldn’t recognize his name, I explained that he was famous …

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Martin Sherwin, award-winning Oppenheimer biographer, dies at 84

Reviewing “American Prometheus”, Janet Maslin of the New York Times described it as “a voluminous work of scholarship and lucid insight, unifying his multifaceted portrayal with a keen understanding of the essential nature of Oppenheimer.” This nature, she wrote, expressed itself as “charm and bravado on the surface, Dostoevskian darkness …

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Award-winning journalist Janet Nepales launches her first book, a magnificent tribute to fashion

Award-winning journalist Janet R. Nepales paid tribute to Filipino fashion designers and designers in her debut book “Fashion. Filipino. Hollywood. The World”. A collector’s item, the Coffee Table Book features over 200 pages of color photos of glamor and style, a rare compilation of specially selected images of stunning stitching. …

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San Antonio playwright, poet and journalist Gregg Barrios has died aged 80

Gregg Barrios had no shortage of stories to tell. The South Texas native began writing book reviews at age 16 for his hometown newspaper, the Victoria Advocate, and went on to write for the San Antonio Express-News, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times. and Film Quarterly, among other …

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NRA-ILA | Redlining gun control –

In a series of tweets on June 8, Virginia Heffernan, a columnist trained at Harvard to The Los Angeles Times, wrote: “Real estate listings should include the prevalence of gun ownership within a 50 mile radius and the number of annual mass shootings in the area. It’s time to change …

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Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey accused of rape

Blake bailey Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images On Tuesday, WW publisher Norton & Company took what the new York Times described as “extraordinary response to allegations against [an] author ”: He has announced that he will permanently remove an out-of-print bestselling biography of author …

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Prince Harry’s own biographer bursts into a sweep of the royal family “Unfair and distasteful nonsense!” “| Royal | News

Angela Levin blasted Prince Harry on ITV’s Good Morning Britain for uttering “disagreeable unfair nonsense”. It comes after Harry criticized Prince Charles for appearing to inflict “genetic pain and suffering” before he left for Los Angeles. The royal expert, who wrote a biography of the Duke of Sussex, called the …

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Prince Philip’s funeral ‘very sad day for Meghan’, says biographer Omid Scobie

Meghan Markle, who is in her third trimester of pregnancy, has been advised by a doctor not to make the long trip to the UK. But the 39-year-old followed the service via a live broadcast Video upload Video unavailable The video will play automatically soon8to cancel Play now Omid Scobie …

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Interview with environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett with a conch in her ear. Courtesy of the author Cynthia barnett teaches environmental journalism and nature writing at the College of Journalism and Communication, University of Florida. She is the author of three books on water, including Rain: a natural and cultural history; his next book, The …

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Former Projo writer’s odyssey takes him from journalist to novelist

Kathie Raleigh | Special for | The newspaper William Loving started college as an English student with the intention of becoming a novelist. But plans have changed. He became a journalist, a career that took him to deputy national editor at the Los Angeles Times and included a stint at …

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Sandra Day O’Connor ‘believed in making laws slowly’, says biographer

Personal editor | palm beach post Sandra Day O’Connor, the nation’s first female Supreme Court justice, wasn’t too generous with her praise. In fact, one year his paralegals posted a photocopy of his palm on the wall with a note that read, “If you want a pat on the back, …

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The reporter who changed the way we think about gay America

Randy Shilts was the most important gay journalist of the twentieth century. The first openly homosexual journalist to cover homosexual issues for mainstream media, he is the author of the first biography of a gay American politician and of a gigantic and definitive book on the AIDS epidemic. Considering how …

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The Journalist Who Changed the Way We View Gay America

Randy Shilts was the most important gay journalist of the 20th century. The first openly gay journalist to cover gay issues for mainstream media, he is the author of the first biography of a gay American politician and a gigantic, definitive book on the AIDS epidemic. Considering how much he …

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Undergrad uses Yale archives to get insight into journalist Janet Malcolm

Journalist Janet Malcolm wrote an email in March 2004 to academics Ulla Dydo, Edward Burns and William Rice recounting a recent trip to Yale’s Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library, where she was exploring the archives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Malcolm, who was working on a book …

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The incredible ancient Hebrew manuscript of the Getty Museum

“Freakin ‘Amazing!” These are words I never expected to hear from Rabbi Steven Leder, the senior rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles (the congregation to which I belong). Rabbi Leder marveled at the Getty Museum’s latest acquisition, The 13e Century Rothschild Pentateuch (which is also the first Hebrew …

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Working Geek: How Chris Capossela went from Bill Gates’ speechwriter to Microsoft’s marketing manager

Chris Capossela, Microsoft Marketing Director. (Microsoft photo) About six years after starting his career at Microsoft, one of Chris Capossela’s colleagues suggested he apply for a very unusual position: speechwriter for then-CEO Bill Gates. His friend thought it would provide him with great stories. “It sounded like crazy, exciting and …

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Richard Goodwin, speechwriter, author, dies at 86 – The Hollywood Reporter

Richard N. Goodwin, the author, playwright, political adviser and presidential speechwriter whose role in the Congressional Quiz investigation of the late 1950s inspired the Oscar-nominated film quiz show, died peacefully on May 20 after a brief battle with cancer at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. He was 86 years old. …

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What It Really Looked Like To Be A Speechwriter For Barack Obama | The independent

Washington is filled with political agents who inflate their importance and take credit for themselves, often where it isn’t. David Litt, who landed a dream job as a speechwriter for the Obama administration at just 24, is not that kind of agent. His new book, Thank you Obama: my hope, …

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David Litt, an Obama speechwriter who wants no credit

Washington is filled with political operatives who inflate their importance and take credit for themselves, often where it may not be. David Litt, who landed a dream job as a speechwriter for the Obama administration at just 24, is not that kind of agent. His new book, “Thanks Obama: My …

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Ex-Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau wants to put Hillary’s anxious ‘bedwetting’ at ease – The Hollywood Reporter

Hillary can’t lose this thing, can she? Not a chance, insists Jon favreau. Not this Jon favreau. This one is the prodigy president obama speech writer which since May has reinvented itself with the hottest political podcast of the season, keep to‘ He 1600which he records twice a week with …

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The art of political speechwriting – from a former White House speechwriter – News @ Northeastern

West wing describes speech writing as a distinctive skill that requires Herculean effort at breakneck speed. But, as the TV show suggests, the position can also be particularly rewarding, giving the writer a front row seat in history. Alan Stone, who worked on President Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign in …

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Former President Obama Speechwriter Joins Funny or Die

LOS ANGELES — David Litt, known as President Obama’s chief joke writer, is joining humor website and studio Funny or Die as he seeks to poke fun even more at American politics. Mr. Litt, who quit his previous job last month, will become head writer and producer for Operation Funny …

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