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The Millions asked six editors to share a story about their first buy, encouraging them to reflect on the projects themselves and what they were thinking at the time: their vision of where their list should go and the risk, fear, excitement or challenges involved. Here are their stories.
Scott Moyers, Vice President and Publisher of The Penguin Press
I spoke by phone with Moyers, who recalls the sense of initiative behind his first acquisition: “I felt like I was reaching out into the world and creating something.” He had been an assistant at Doubleday for four years before making a “huge leap” to Associate Editor at Scribner. Going after projects was difficult because as a new editor, he “didn’t know many agents and didn’t expect to get a first crack at many projects.” More…
Great news, everyone! Oscar season is, at last, coming to an end! I’d have to check my calendar to confirm this, but I think it’s been something like three or four years since 12 Years a Slave got the conversation started, so let’s wrap this thing up, shall we? Voting ends this Tuesday at 5 p.m. PT, when campaigning will also screech to a halt. Nominees will have nothing to do until a week from this Sunday but diet, perspire, and seethe as their loved ones (or publicists) murmur to them gently, “It’s so unfair … in any other year … nobody ever remembers who won two days later …” unless they go for the far riskier “I feel good about this! Let’s just try to stay positive!”
Part 2: The Pretty Things Categories!
No, you may not take a bathroom break during today’s installment of Oscar oddsmaking. These categories are important! People worked hard! Pay respect! Or at least a little attention. If only because this is our first and last chance to talk about Bad Grandpa. More…
Mark Harris is the author of Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood and Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. Full Bio
Prologue: Pearl Harbor
John Ford was the first of the five to go. By the time the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, he was already three thousand miles from Hollywood and had been in uniform for three months. When news of the bombing came, Ford, now a lieutenant commander in the navy, and his wife, Mary, were guests at a Sunday luncheon at the home of Rear Admiral Andrew Pickens in Alexandria, Virginia. A maid nervously entered the room holding a telephone. “It’s the War Department, animal,” she said, stumbling over her employer’s rank. The visitors braced themselves as the admiral left his table to take the call. He returned to the party and announced, “Gentlemen, Pearl Harbor has just been attacked by the Japanese. We are now at war.” As the guests dispersed, the admiral’s wife tried to save the afternoon. “It’s no use getting excited. This is the seventh war that’s been announced in this dining room,” she said. She showed the Fords a bullet hole in the wall left by a musket ball during the American Revolution. “I never let them plaster over that,” she told them. More…
Kevin Fong is the author of Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century. Full Bio
Sunday’s closing ceremony at Sochi marked the end of a breathless two weeks where we watched the world’s best athletes break speed records across icy slopes, defy gravity over ski jumps, and exhibit superhuman feats of strength effortlessly through the artistry of figure skating.
The Winter Games have always seemed more extreme than their summer counterpart for the fact that the athletes expose themselves to risk by combining high speeds with treacherous conditions. The thrill of watching them tempt fate in an icy wilderness comes with a price: a high rate of injury. At the end of last week Maria Komissarova, a member of the Russian Olympic team crashed during a training run at the Rosa Khutor skicross venue suffering a fractured spine and dislocated vertebra. She endured six and a half hours of emergency surgery and admission to an intensive care unit in Moscow in the wake of the accident. Later she was airlifted nearly two thousand miles to a specialist unit in Munich, Germany, for further spinal surgery and, what will eventually be, the start of the slow process of rehabilitation.
These are the tragic consequences of a sport which year by year becomes faster and more extreme. But in Maria Komissarova’s plight are hints of how the games—and with them our audacious expectations of modern life and survival—are possible at all. They are the result of the progress we have made over the past century in protecting human life from the extremes of illness, injury, and the environment and they are something worth celebrating. More…