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Retracting Mike Daisey

March 27, 2012

Tags: Mike Daisey, Ira Glass, Apple in China, fabrication, retraction

Ira Glass, host of the popular NPR radio program This American Life, discovered that one of the show's most popular episodes contained numerous fabrications. A second episode, called Retraction (aired 3-12-12), reveals the errors in Mike Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn, which makes iPads and other products for Apple in China (more…)

Writing workshops as group therapy

March 26, 2012

Tags: memoir, reminiscence, Guided Autobiography, writing workshop

Steve Almond's essay Why Talk Therapy Is on the Wane and Writing Workshops Are on the Rise (NY Times Magazine 3-23-12) is about the rise of MFA programs. It ignores a huge not-so-snootily-literary group: people who take life writing workshops because (more…)

What's up with publishers not selling ebooks to libraries?

March 19, 2012

Tags: Amazon, Kindle, ebooks, libraries, book publishers

"As most people know who are following the tribulations of libraries trying to stock ebooks, four of the Big Six publishers are not making any ebooks available to libraries at all (except titles already sold in the past)," writes Mike Shatzkin this week. "Random House continues to supply all their titles to libraries as ebooks with only the 'one loan at a time per copy purchased' limitation, but they have just raised the prices (more…)

The danger of a single story (Chimamanda Adichie's Ted Talk)

March 9, 2012

Tags: African culture, multicultural understanding

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.


TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. (more…)