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Friday, May 6, 2016

The Los Angeles Times has published a must-read story about how the promotion of OxyContin helped set off the prescription opioid epidemic in the U.S. The investigation by Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion and Scott Glover found that even before OxyContin went on the market in 1996, clinical trials showed that the effects of OxyContin showed […]

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Friday, April 15, 2016

George Michael’s quote in yesterday’s post about “the years when HIV was a killer” reminded me that I’ve been meaning to share the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Last Men Standing” project. The Chronicle described its package of print and digital stories and film this way: “They outlived an epidemic, but San Francisco’s AIDS survivors are still […]

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Friday, November 13, 2015

MrB and I go to Paris pretty much every year. I’m heartbroken to see what’s happening there. The hostage situation in the Bataclan theater makes me think of the tragic Dubrovka Theater hostage-taking in Moscow in 2002. I hope everyone still in the Bataclan gets out safely.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Today I found out that fitting oh-so-perfectly into a New York Times consumer-trend story can make a person feel really … basic. The story, called (in the print edition) “Earlobes Are a Canvas for Women Over 30,” reports: “…many women in their 30s and 40s are doing something they had not considered for maybe a […]

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I have all kinds of work to do, which means I am, instead, procrastinating by catching up on August issues of the New Yorker. (I will read yesterday’s Wall Street Journal story on procrastination tomorrow. I swear!) The August 3 New Yorker has a beautifully written, happy/sad story by Larissa MacFarquhar about Sue and Hector […]

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Friday, August 21, 2015

I’ve been meaning to recommend the story of Clemantine Wamariya for a long time. “Everything Is Yours, Everything Is Not Yours,” written by Clemantine with Elizabeth Weil, is best described by its own introduction: “At age six, I ran away with my sister to escape the Rwandan massacre. We spent seven years as refugees. What […]

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Donald Trump is terrifying, but the story that Drew Magary wrote about Trump and his fans for GQ Magazine is laugh-out-loud funny. It starts with … “The bus tells you everything you need to know because the bus is a piece of shit. You would expect a Donald Trump campaign bus to be MOST LUXURIOUS, […]

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

If you want to shoot a lion, shoot him with your camera. That’s what I did when I visited South Africa’s Thornybush Game Lodge in 2013. Look at this handsome fellow with the huge balls and silky mane! This dude’s hair was so on fleek. I mean, he was on fleek a full year before […]

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Big thanks to a gorgeous jewelry-industry friend for sharing a Financial Times article by Elisa Anniss called, “Retailers seem happy to let designers take the financial strain.” (You may need to create an FT ID in Twitter to read this.) The article, which explains the retail practice of selling fine jewelry on consignment, came out […]

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I honestly doubted that I would live to see something like last week’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. View image | gettyimages.com I remember the summer of 2000, when Vermont legalized “civil unions,” which allowed gay and lesbian partners to reap the legal benefits of marriage, albeit without using the word marriage. Some people […]

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