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Generations and Journalism

by Daniel A. Kaufman

My discussion with Robert Wright on Joan Didion, The New Journalism, the Silent Generation, Generation X, and more. Originally aired on meaningoflife.tv, part of the bloggingheads.tv network, October 14.


The Month of Magical Thinking

After Joan Didion’s husband of 40 died, she wrote a book called, “The Year of Magical Thinking.”


She wrote it in loneliness and ironic sadness. It wasn’t just that her husband had died, but also, her only daughter was in the hospital close to death, also. 843 more words


Sweet Sixteen

In honor of the year 2016, and being born on the 16th, here are my 16 favorite books, in no particular order:

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving… 187 more words

Nothing Applies

by Daniel A. Kaufman

Wetson’s was a Long Island hamburger chain that was established in 1959 to be a McDonald’s clone, in a market that McDonald’s and Burger King had yet to enter.  2,459 more words


The Art of Choosing? All these ignorant gaijin

The Art of Choosing?

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make.

Spot the difference? Pressure of ever-increasing choice. 3,531 more words


Fixed Opinions or The Hinge of History by Joan Didion

Fixed Opinions or The Hinge of History is a short essay on the aftermath of 9/11 written by the American author Joan Didion. At its core, the essay is about the wide-spread inability to make the essential distinction between understanding and excusing which many failed to make in 2001 and continue to fail to make, especially in discussions concerning terrorism.  538 more words



“At the center of this story there is a terrible secret, a kernel of cyanide, and the secret is that the story doesn’t matter, doesn’t make any difference, doesn’t figure. 97 more words

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