Author Gay Talese came by Big Think this afternoon and spoke to us about marriage, the subject of his next book. He is writing about his own half-century-long (and still going strong) marriage to Nan Talese, the legendary book editor. He downplayed the role of sex in a lasting marriage, pooh-poohed love, and declared that the most important ingredient is mutual respect. He also spoke about why nonfiction writers are looked upon as second-class citizens compared to novelists and why the tape recorder has destroyed long-form journalism. Not one to rush into adopting new technologies, he asked us to send him a VHS tape of our interview because he doesn't have an Internet connection.
Our interview with Talese will be posted Saturday. This is the second time he has spent an hour with Big Think. Last year he spoke to us about writer's block, Oprah, and the art of interviewing, among other things.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
It marks a major shift in the government's battle against the opioid crisis.
- The nation's sixth-largest drug distributor is facing criminal charges related to failing to report suspicious drug orders, among other things.
- It marks the first time a drug company has faced criminal charges for distributing opioids.
- Since 1997, nearly 222,000 Americans have died from prescription opioids, partly thanks to unethical doctors who abuse the system.
A new study shows that some men's reaction to sex is not what you'd expect, resulting in a condition previously observed in women.
The real Game of Thrones might be who best leverages the hit HBO show to shape political narratives.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that Game of Thrones is primarily about women in her review of the wildly popular HBO show.
- Warren also touches on other parallels between the show and our modern world, such as inequality, political favoritism of the elite, and the dire impact of different leadership styles on the lives of the people.
- Her review serves as another example of using Game of Thrones as a political analogy and a tool for framing political narratives.
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