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By way of demonstration, the group plugged in stats from the Oct. 11 playoff game between the Angels and the Red Sox: BOSTON — Things looked bleak for the Angels when they trailed by two runs in the ninth inning, but Los Angeles recovered thanks to a key single from Vladimir Guerrero to pull out…

“Book Launch 2.0” This kills me — but maybe just because I’ve written books. (Oh yeah — the links to the books. First two here. Reef Madness here. Buy ’em. Read ’em. They’re better than the stuff you’re reading now.) This video should follow or be followed by Ellis Weiner’s “Our Marketing Plan” from the…

[Note: An update from 25 Sept 09 is at bottom] Here’s a sad mess. It seems a potentially important finding — that getting a seasonal flu shot might increase risk of contracting the swine flu — is being sat on by a journal, with the authors forbidden from talking about it, until they get through…

Eric Michael Johnson contemplates the hearts, minds, teeth, and claws of bonobos and other primates. Tara Smith explains why she’ll be getting her kids their (seasonal) flu vaccines. Revere does likewise Daniel Menaker, former honcho at Random House, defends the midlist. (Where was he when my book was getting so much push?) Just in case…

Much ado about swine flu

The swine flu triage tent at Dell’s Children’s Medical Center, in Austin, Texasphoto: Ralph Barerra, Austin American-Statesman I can’t keep up with the flu news. (If you want to, best single bet — the wide net — is Avian Flu Diary.) But as the World Health Organisation meets in Hong-Kong to discuss, among other things, swine…

In the intro to his self-published (on Lulu.com) collection of blog posts, The Wreck of the Henry Clay, New Yorker contributor Caleb Crain sums up nicely the anxieties shared by at least one other writer-with-blogging-addon about blogging, and, by extension, about self-publishing books. Which I may just do myself soon — a collection — because…

In an intriguing essay in the Atlantic, Benjamin Cohen argues that the blogosphere, in which the top 50 blogs account for 42% of all blog traffic — and 21 of those blogs are owned by outfits like the Times, ABC, AOL, and CNN — is looking more and more like traditional media in its economic…

Ghostwriting gone wild

Oh lordy, this is not good: The Times reports that up to 11% of the articles in leading med journals were writtne at least partly by ghostwriters.  Via Gary Schwitzer at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/schwitz/healthnews/2009/09/who-you-gonna-c.html Posted via email from David’s posterous

Well here you go. An 11-year-old interviews Obama — and if I may say so, does quite a bit better than some of his journalistic elders. Here’s the vid, and some apt commentary from Tapped: Hey, remember Damon Weaver, the 11-year-old who interviewed Joe Biden back in September? Well, he finally scored a sit-down session…

I just finished reading Erica Goode’s Times story on the suicides of four soldiers who served together in a small North Carolina-based Guard unit in Iraq from 2006 to spring 2007. This is a witheringly painful story. Goode, who has done quite a bit of science writing as well as substantial reporting from Baghdad, tells…