Book Review: “A Secret History of Coffee, Coca and Cola” written/illustrated by Ricardo Cortés

In light of the recent marijuana legalization passed in Colorado and Washington, one can find many parallels to the legislation covered in A Secret History of Coffee, Coca and Cola by Ricardo Cortés. While I write this, I am drinking my third cup of coffee, and were this 16th century Turkey, just owning the beans would be punishable by death.

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Imagine Bob Dylan Said This: When Nonfiction Writers Make Stuff Up

At the age of 31, Jonah Lehrer was a staff writer for The New Yorker and a contributing editor at several newspapers and magazines. He had published three best-selling books: Proust Was a Neuroscientist; How We Decide; and Imagine: How Creativity Works.

In that last one, he discussed Bob Dylan’s songwriting process at length. He used many quotes from Dylan, some of which he cobbled together or misrepresented. He also invented a few. When Michael C. Moynihan investigated this, Lehrer at first made up stories about his sources. He later confessed, resigning from The New Yorker on July 30th. His deceptions in Imagine throw the credibility of all of his other work into question. Read More Imagine Bob Dylan Said This: When Nonfiction Writers Make Stuff Up

News Appetizers: A Mid-Week Soliloquy

Welcome back you lovely peaches, you kindly kids with faces I could kiss and cheeks I could ravish. It’s all about the news, and well, the news can be what the French refer to as quelle horreur. Read More News Appetizers: A Mid-Week Soliloquy

Persephone Pioneers: Donna Britt

It is nothing short of miraculous to open a book and have your own experience reflected back at you. It doesn’t matter that there may be stark differences between your experience and the author’s, because even if the details aren’t all the same, someone has still confirmed what you have quietly known for so long. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Donna Britt

Interview with a Ghostwriter: Sari Botton

Ghostwriting often seems like one of those jobs that we logically know exists – celebrity memoir assistance perhaps being its most recognizable form – but we might not often give too much thought to the ghostwriters themselves. Are they only ghostwriters or do they have personal writing projects? Do they want to yell at their uncooperative clients? Sometimes given much of the work and very little of the credit, it can seem, from the outside, a thankless job. However, for someone who is interested in riding the line between journalism and personal essay, ghostwriting can be a satisfying bridge. Read More Interview with a Ghostwriter: Sari Botton

$20K Grants for Digital Media Startups Run By Women

The International Women’s Media Foundation is offering a fantastic opportunity for female journalists and entrepeneurs! Are you a woman? Are you a writer? Have a groundbreaking idea that uses digital media to deliver the news? Then, this opportunity is for you! You could be one of the three women awarded $20,000 to have your life-changing Lois Lane journalist dreams become a reality!  Read More $20K Grants for Digital Media Startups Run By Women

My Higher Education Panic, or How “Larry Crowne” Induced a Minor Breakdown

A few months ago, while he was underwhelming the rest of the world, Tom Hanks’ most recent character, fiftysomething college student/Julia Roberts-seducer Larry Crowne, sent me into a downward spiral. Maybe not a full-blown nervous breakdown, but certainly an unbecoming, hyperventilating, snot-and-tears meltdown. (To quote Ethan Hawke in one of my favourite films, “Do you find me attractive…? You do. You’re strangely attracted to me right now. You’re oddly, oddly attracted to me.”)

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Where Are All the Women?

It’s hard to believe that my last first week of college has come and gone. Now I’m that much closer to graduating and finding my first legitimate job. That job hopefully will be as a journalist. I always cringe when someone asks me what my major is and what I plan to do with it after graduation. My confidence level is pretty high but I still have a twinge of doubt regarding my future, especially with the economy being down and jobs decreasing. Read More Where Are All the Women?