June 22nd, 2009

Giving other authors a boost

After a reading at Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville, David Sedaris "offered first book-signing privileges to attendees who would purchase the store's five total copies of two of Sedaris' favorite books, The Lazarus Project by Bosnian-born writer Aleksandar Hemon and No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories," according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

When I did one of those "author feast" events at a regional bookseller convention in 2006 (every 15 minutes you go sit at a different table of booksellers and try to charm them into ordering your book) I also tried to put in a word for A Sudden Country: A Novel, because I was hearing such good things about it. It went on to be a finalist for the Pen Faulkner award.

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Why for-profit health care is bad for us

Most health insurers in this country are for-profit. So who do you think they are loyal to - an individual customer who has developed an expensive health condition, or their shareholders?

NPR has a story that begins, "According to a new report by congressional investigators, an insurance company practice of retroactively canceling health insurance is fairly common, and it saves insurers a lot of money."

The story talks about one woman with breast cancer. On the eve of her mastectomy, her insurance was cancelled because she had failed to report previous instances of acne and rapid heart beat.

Another man had his insurance revoked because he hadn't reported gallstones - that he hadn't known about.
He's dead now.

Read more here.

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