Category Archives: Book Notes

An Update

Remember last year when my friend Nina McConigley came to Boston to read from her book? Well, it turns out that she is longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award! She is also on the longlist for the … Continue reading

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The Judgment of Paris

I’ve been a bit busy ’round these parts, trying to tie up loose ends. Yesterday I finished Ross King’s The Judgment of Paris (2006). The tome chronicles the end of the Second Empire in France, the career of Édouard Manet, … Continue reading

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Floating Down the Amazon, Slowly

We have received new release date information related to the order you placed on October 19, 2010 (Order# [snipped]). The item(s) listed below will actually ship sooner than we originally expected based on the new release date: Alec Soth, John … Continue reading

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All Politics is Horse-racing

I’ll confess. I bought my first e-book over the weekend. See, it was like this. Saturday night Lisa was out singing her big, wonderful heart out in the second of three holiday concerts. I stayed home, since some friends and … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

Just a few odds and ends today. This morning I fired up Photoshop and made my design for Int’l DiabeTees Day. I like it a lot, but you’re just going to have to wait until Monday to see it. I’ve … Continue reading

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Whatever Works: “The Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook”

“When it comes to diabetes, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good enough.” That—or something like it— is what the exercise physiologist at Joslin said. And I agree. Except that I don’t want perfect. I just want … Continue reading

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T.R. Reid: The Healing of America

This evening I started reading T.R. Reid’s The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care (2010). It’s a more detailed version of the PBS Frontline show he wrote and narrated a couple years ago. … Continue reading

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New Discoveries

We have guests coming tomorrow — my mom and step-dad — which explains why posting has been a little light here recently and will likely continue that way for the next week. (I hope you like photographs, because you’re likely … Continue reading

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Getting Back to It

Leslie wants to know when I’m going to start self-publishing my “Commonwealth Project” photographs. Soon! I’ve set it aside for far too long. The book helped me decide that it’s time to get back to it. It’s possible that the … Continue reading

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Blurb Book Review

The photo book we designed and printed using Blurb arrived today. We both really like it! After all, it’s a bound book of our photographs. What’s not to love? What’s that? You want something more nuanced? You want to know … Continue reading

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Bookmaker

Yesterday — both before and after we went to the opening — Lisa and I created a photo book that’s about to be printed via Blurb. If you discount the A-B-C’s book I wrote and illustrated in kindergarten, it’s the … Continue reading

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An Invitation to Diabetes Researchers

I just finished reading Michael Bliss’s excellent The Discovery of Insulin about the amazing work at the University of Toronto in 1921-1923 by Banting, Best, Collip, and Macloed. For most readers, it’s surely a story about discovery and rivalry and … Continue reading

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Thoughts from a Thursday Morning

In honor of the company meeting earlier this morning, here are some of the things I’ve learned and thoughts I’ve had this morning . . . bullet point style: I can’t decide whether Arcade Fire’s new album, “Suburbs,” is completely, utterly pretentious and … Continue reading

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The Checklist Manifesto

How can you prevent mistakes? Some mistakes have extraordinary costs: airplane crashes, surgical infections, building collapses, nuclear power-plant explosions. Even the mistakes that don’t kill people — like software defects and leaky roofs — can slow you down by adding … Continue reading

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Australia Planning

This weekend we did a lot of trip planning. Preparing for an undertaking of this size — four weeks in three varied regions of a continent — is always a fine balance between ensuring that we have a place to … Continue reading

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