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The Platform: Good Reviews Are No Longer Enough

Apr 20, 2011

Authors: Peter Osnos

Publisher(s): The Century Foundation

"As a longtime publisher of what is known as “serious” nonfiction, I am acutely aware of how sensitive most authors are about book reviews. After extended periods of research and writing, it is unnerving to find your work in the hands of someone else to pass judgment. Authors of established distinction feel the sting of a critical review, or worse, being ignored, especially by the Sunday New York Times Book Review, which remains for many writers the arbiterne plus ultra. It is time—probably past time—to declare that traditional book reviews are no longer the dominant...

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Congratulations Amy! 

 For a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, using any available journalistic tool, including text reporting, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or any combination of those formats, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

 

Awarded to Amy Ellis Nutt of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., for her deeply probing story of the mysterious sinking of a commercial fishing boat in the Atlantic Ocean that drowned six men.

For a list of the  other 2011 winners and finalists click here. 

 

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Jon Sarkin: When Brain Injuries Transform Into Art

Fresh Air from WHYY, April 18, 2011

 

"Jon Sarkin was working as a chiropractor when he suffered a massive stroke. Afterwards, the 35-year-old became a volatile visual artist with a ferocious need to create, as his brain tried to make sense of the world at large.

"[My artwork is] a manifestation of what happened to me," Sarkin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I've learned how to visually represent my existential dilemma caused by my stroke."

Sarkin is the subject of Shadows Bright as Glass, a new book by science writer Amy Nutt. The book describes Sarkin's journey from happy-go-lucky doctor to manically-compulsive artist. It also raises larger questions about identity and what makes us each who we are.

"Is it memory? Is it...

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From Kirkus Reviews

KILLER STUFF AND TONS OF MONEY

Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America
By Maureen Stanton (Author)
 

Editor Review (reviewed on May 1, 2011)

 

tour d’horizon of the world of antiques, from flea markets to antiques shows to high-end auction houses, with...

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Congratulations to Hélène Boudreau! REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS has been named a finalist in the 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards!

For the full list of finalists, click here. 

 

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 Skipjack fleet dwindles to a handful oboats

By PAMELA WOOD, Staff Writer 03/13/11, Capital Gazette

"...The skipjacks are victims as much of the changing times as the dwindling oyster populations. It just doesn't make much sense these days to sail big, wooden sailboats to catch fewer and fewer oysters.

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 OP-ED --Los Angeles Times

The high cost of oil

We accept instability and even war in the Middle East to maintain our addiction.

"The spread of popular revolt in the Middle East to Libya has exacerbated a spike in oil prices and gasoline costs at the pump. In turn, this has stimulated widespread complaints about the lack of a coherent U.S. foreign policy toward despots in the region. This is not the first time this has happened.

More than four decades ago, a military coup, led by a 27-year-old Moammar Kadafi, overthrew Libya's ineffectual King Idris and expelled all American and British troops from their large Libyan airbases. The new regime demanded a substantial increase in the price of Libyan oil — at a time when Libya supplied about 30% of...

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  Known as the "Ground Zero imam," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's MOVING THE MOUNTAIN, inviting readers to a deeper understanding of the role of Muslims in America and in the world, triggering an entirely new conversation about Islam, informed by his own experiences and teachings and presenting the reality of American Muslims today, to Alessandra Bastagli at Free Press, for publication in Spring 2012, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World)

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 The Strothman Agency would like to congratulate client Donald Hall, who will receive the National Medal of Arts. The medal will be presented by the president during a White House ceremony tomorrow. Writers Philip Roth,  Joyce Carol Oates, Harper Lee and Gordon S. Wood will also be honored.

 

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Shades of White

"Racial passing is one of America’s deeply hidden traditions, a largely unacknowledged and unstudied aspect of national life. Historically, African-Americans with identifiably dark skin have had only two choices when confronting racial discrimination and oppression: either they could try to ease their burden through accommodation, making the best of a bad situation, or they could engage in protest and active resistance. The situation was often quite different, however, for light-skinned African-Americans of mixed parentage. For them, there was a tempting third option of trying to pass as white.

In an illuminating and aptly titled book, “The Invisible Line,” Daniel J. Sharfstein demonstrates that African-Americans of mixed ancestry have been crossing the...

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