July 26th, 2008

Chris Keeley

maia s: article

Hi, Chris, not sure if you saw the David Carr book excerpt in NY Times, but
below is an interesting response to it from someone who has written for
Salon (and whom I seem to recall seeing as a Facebook friend of yours).


http://www.motherjones.com/riff_blog/archives/2008/07/9103_maia-szalavitz-on
-david-carr.html

Why Former Addicts Dread Addiction Memoirs

Below is a guest blog entry by MoJo author Maia Szalavitz:

I'm starting to dread reading about addiction. One would imagine that coming up on the 20th anniversary of my own decision to stop using cocaine and heroin that I would either be utterly bored by it or alternatively, entranced with a subject that touches on free will, morality, neuroscience, sociology, psychology and endless politics.

Typically, I engage in the latter obsessions—but when I read media portrayals of addiction like Sunday's front-page New York Times magazine excerpt of the its columnist David Carr's addiction memoir, I cringe.

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Chris Keeley

Obama and Afghanistan, by Willam Pfaff, 7/24/08

Obama and Afghanistan, by Willam Pfaff, 7/24/08

Obama and Afghanistan

William Pfaff

Paris, July 24, 2008 – I have yet to see a serious explanation of what Barack Obama, if elected, expects to accomplish by expanding the fighting in Afghanistan. Obviously he, like the Bush administration and NATO, would like to keep the Taliban from coming back to Afghanistan. They all want to capture Osama bin-Laden (presuming he is still alive, about which there is some doubt).

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