This and That from Paul's Life: In Darfur, Podcasts, Alice, Sandler, Googled
March 22, 2010
If you have been paying attention, you know that I have an interest in fiction about journalism; I own more than 100 journalism novels, and a dozen journalism plays, including In Darfur by Winter Miller, a former editorial assistant to New York Times reporter Nicholas D. Kristof. A female journalist is the central character, and in the play we see her deal seriously with serious journalism issues. If you are interested in either journalism or Darfur, buy a copy of the play.
It's been a long time since I updated Paul's Podcast Page (Nov. 25, 2007 to be exact) Several of the of the programs I loved are now gone (RIP NPR's Day to Day and Bryant Park Project), and I've added some new ones, including the Slate.com gabfest. Have a look, if you're a fan of new and information or BBC podcasts.
I note in passing that I thought Alice in Wonderland was slightly better than indicated by Neal Vitale's review in this column. Not so much better that I'd write my own review, but a little better.
My best man and good friend Norman Sandler died in June 2007... nearly three years ago. I set up a tribute page. Last week, C-SPAN posted all their video on the Internet in a searchable format. It's a chance to have one last look at Norm, via his nine appearances on that network.
My older daughter Marlow was so impressed with the book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It by Ken Auletta that she bought be a copy. I owe her (and perhaps someday, you) a detailed discussion of the book. First of all, let me niggle; there were several passages that were repeated and a few howler typos. The proofreading and editing of books just isn't what it used to be, but in a way that's one of the points. This is a very kind and yet pointed history of a phenomenon that is still in the making. If you weren't afraid of Google before you read it, you will be afterwards. Especially if, like me, you've spent a lot if time with engineers. They're fine men and women who love their mothers, but as a rule they are not the people I'd pick to rule the world. They're just a little short on people skills, as demonstrated by the quote that caught my eye as well as that of Media Bistro: Google Founder to PR Department: You Have Eight Hours of My Time This Year. How's that working out for you, Larry?