Saturday, March 7, 2009

still more from the land of the midnight sun

It's almost as if Iceland has become the epicenter for GFC tourism--that's Global Financial Crisis, at least among journalists at big-name pubs. It's a fascinating story, and I followed Andy Jordan's pieces (and Facebook photos), reported for the Wall Street Journal. Now the magazine heavies are weighing in, and the pileup contributes to that nagging suspicion that originality in this business is elusive, if not an outright phantom. Behold, recent Iceland stories in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Portfolio. I've seen other examples, but frankly they're all starting to run together.

Meanwhile, the conversation about whether the Internet makes us stupid refuses to die. Here's Andrew Carr in The Sun, responding to my essay in Wired. He makes an interesting point, I guess, but I can't help but wonder about splitting hairs and/or creating dispute where none exists. Substitute the phrase "intellectually productive" for the word "productive" in the quote they pulled from my piece, and you'll see what I mean.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

match day, by brian eule

Friend and fellow writer Brian Eule has a terrific new book out this week. Kirkus Reviews calls it "highly informative" and "compelling." Pre-order it now and tell your friends Match Day: One Day and One Dramatic Year in the Lives of Three New Doctors

Meanwhile, get the skinny on sodium in Emily Sohn's latest for the LA Times.