Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Magazine piece

A fascinating, impressively-written story about whales--and about remarkable and mysterious interactions between whales, and humans--appeared in the 7/12/09 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

The piece, "Watching Whales Watching Us," is by contributing writer Charles Siebert, and can be found at this link:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Recommended Reading

Finished reading, this week, a deeply moving, beautifully written work—the Civil War novel “The Killer Angels,” by Michael Shaara. The novel, awarded the 1975 Pulitzer Prize, concerns the Battle of Gettysburg.

Here's an link:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

WBZ Radio, and Morgan White, Jr.

Last Thursday night/Friday morning (between 1 and 2 a.m.), I appeared by phone on Boston’s WBZ NewsRadio, with guest host Morgan White, Jr. While I have been previously interviewed by Morgan on WBZ about my book about early television, during this conversation we spoke not about the book, but about a particular issue: hate crime laws. Morgan feels such laws are not necessary—that current law can sufficiently address such crimes. I’m on the opposite side of the issue, and so we had a debate, of sorts, about the topic.

Above: a 1999 op-ed piece I wrote about the issue, which appeared in The Boston Globe. (Click on the image to enlarge.)