journalism en "The News: A User's Manual" By Alain De Botton <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?</p><p>We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories—including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal—and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87613 at "The News: A User's Manual" By Alain De Botton "Mad As Hell" By Dave Itzkoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>“I’m mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!”</p><p>Those words, spoken by an unhinged anchorman named Howard Beale, “the mad prophet of the airwaves,” took America by storm in 1976, whenNetwork became a sensation. With a superb cast (including Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall) directed by Sidney Lumet, the film won four Academy Awards and indelibly shaped how we think about corporate and media power.</p><p>In <em>Mad As Hell</em>, Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times recounts the surprising and dramatic story of how Network made it to the screen.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86650 at "Mad As Hell" By Dave Itzkoff "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Margaret Fuller was a groundbreaking author, social reformer, and Transcendentalist. In her new biography about Fuller, Pulitzer finalist, <a href="">Megan Marshall</a>, tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience.</p><p>The book is entitled, <em><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0547195605&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Margaret Fuller: A New American Life</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src=";l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0547195605" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61699 at "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Continues Activism At MCLA <p>Feminist icon <a href="" target="_blank">Gloria Steinem</a> spoke at <a href="" target="_blank">Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts</a> in North Adams, Massachusetts Tuesday night.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 85187 at Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Continues Activism At MCLA "Under The Wire" By Paul Conroy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Marie Colvin was killed in an attack in Syria in February 2012, the world mourned the loss of the greatest war correspondent of her generation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marie was known for her signature style, her black eye patch and the pearls gifted from Arafat, and her fearlessness in covering some of the world’s most dangerous conflicts. She died while reporting on the suffering of Syrian civilians,sacrificing her life with a cause she believed in- the need to witness the bear anonymous victims of war.</span></p><p>Telling her story for the first time is Paul Conroy, a British war photographer who had forged a close bond with Marie, and was with her when she died. His book is <em>Under the Wire: Marie Colvin’s Final Assignment</em>. It is a gripping and moving account of their friendship, and of their final assignment to one of the most hellish places on Earth.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:05:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78208 at "Under The Wire" By Paul Conroy Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Simon Winchester's "The Man With The Electrified Brain" <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Simon Winchester</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has never shied away from big, even enormous, topics—as evidenced by his bestselling biography of the Atlantic Ocean, his account of the </span>Krakatoa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> volcanic eruption, and his wildly popular </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Professor and the Madman</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.</span></p><p></p><p>In his new memoir, <em>The Man with the Electrified Brain</em>, he takes on arguably his most daunting subject yet: his own flirtation with madness, and one of nature’s greatest and most enduring mysteries, the human brain.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 72940 at Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Simon Winchester's "The Man With The Electrified Brain" "Critical Mass: Four Decades Of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades And Hurrahs" By James Wolcott <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From his early </span>70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> dispatches as a critic for the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Village Voice</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on rock and roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism of the </span>80s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that made him famous, to his must-read cultural reporting for </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Vanity Fair</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">- <a href="">James </a></span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Walcott</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has had a career as a free lance critic and a literary intellectual like none other.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With his new career-spanning collection </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades and Hurrahs</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">- he gives us his best critical essays and cultural journalism.</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78049 at "Critical Mass: Four Decades Of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades And Hurrahs" By James Wolcott Dan Rather On His Days In Dallas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Legendary newsman, <a href="">Dan Rather</a>, remains one of the few living news reporters who were on the ground in Dallas covering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In a new special airing tonight on <a href="">AXS TV</a>, Rather provides a personal, behind-the-scenes account of the details surrounding JFK’s Dallas visit.</p><p>Dan Rather walks us through a sequence of events involving the reporting of Kennedy’s death and how he became the first press member to confirm it to CBS News, approximately 20 minutes before the official announcement from The White House.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 78019 at Dan Rather On His Days In Dallas "Bully Pulpit" By Doris Kearns Goodwin <p><a href="">Doris Kearns Goodwin</a>, the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <em>No Ordinary Time</em> and <em>Team of Rivals</em>, has returned to the presidency in her latest book, <em>The</em> <em>Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism</em>.</p><p>The former LBJ staffer's latest work demonstrates her blend of scholarship, intellectual rigor, and riveting storytelling with a focus on the turbulent and faithful relationship between two presidents, the rise of muckraking journalism, and the far-reaching ferment of the progressive era: a time in many respects uncannily like our own.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77513 at "Bully Pulpit" By Doris Kearns Goodwin "The Frackers" By Gregory Zuckerman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Frackers</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, journalist </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Gregory Zuckerman</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tells us the back-story. Far from the limelight, Aubrey </span>McClendon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Harold Hamm, Mark Papa, and other wildcatters were determined to tap massive deposits of oil and gas that Exxon, Chevron, and other giants had dismissed as a waste of time.</span></p><p>By experimenting with hydraulic fracturing through extremely dense shale—a process now known as fracking—the wildcatters started a revolution. In just a few years, they looked to relieve America’s dependence on imported energy, triggered a global environmental controversy—and made and lost astonishing fortunes.</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:32:04 +0000 Joe Donahue 77254 at "The Frackers" By Gregory Zuckerman