Lots of stuff right now on the nation’s growing “bad drug” (i.e. heroin) epidemic, which for some reason we’re treating as a new thing, and on the drug war as it’s playing out in Mexico. And I thought it’d be worthwhile to aggregate what I’m reading on the subject, and then juxtapose it to what I’m … Continue reading News Roundup: Good Drugs, Bad Drugs…
This from early in chapter 42. Where Andres the guerrilla is trying desperately to get a message from Robert Jordan to Golz about calling off the attack. Mostly because of the language. But also as a technical matter, to note how he stitches global and individual perspective into same scene. Now they went fast, swooping … Continue reading More FWTBT
I watched 88 episodes of Gilmore Girls in just the past two months, and read less than twelve books in all of 2015. I am confessing here because I think the shame of putting these two facts, side-by-side, out into the world might actually finally jolt me into amending for them. Eighty-eight episodes of Gilmore Girls, less than … Continue reading Big Books of Science Narrative: my reading list for 2016
Sneaky little buggers that they are, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), those global overlords of chemical nomenclature and measurements, verified the discovery of the four missing elements on the periodic table, just a day before New Year’s Eve, when we were all too distracted to notice. (And by we all, I mean me). … Continue reading OMFG: THE PERIODIC TABLE IS FINALLY COMPLETE!!
My piece on Laura’s Law – the involuntary outpatient commitment statute being implemented in California – is out in this month’s issue of Pacific Standard. There are two things that I want to note: 1) This is not a comprehensive or wholly unbiased take on involuntary outpatient commitment. This is the story of one county — the … Continue reading On big stories with narrow perspectives
I’m reading For Whom the Bell Tolls, finally, and finding it a bit slow and frustrating. Except, I just got to chapter ten, where Pilar tells Robert Jordan and the others about the day the revolution started in her town. The entire chapter is gorgeous and horrific, but I wanted to make note of this graph … Continue reading A quick note on Hemingway and reading vs. reporting….
I’ve got an article in Yahoo’s special Cuba package this week on the country’s deeply paradoxical healthcare system, and I wanted to add some context and post some reference material, in case anyone’s interested. I went into this piece with what seemed like a very straightforward idea — to look at Cuba’s exclusion from the World Bank and … Continue reading On the Cuban Health Paradox and reporting from afar