Dopesick (2018) Beth Macy

Dopesick(2018) Beth Macy

Dopesick

Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Wow.  I thought I knew something about the opioid crisis but it turns out I had no idea. For instance, I had no notion that a drug company (Perdue Labs) had the ability to reformulate oxycontin into a form that would be more difficult to abuse but waited to do this until their patent expired on the original.

The big misconception is that you cannot get addicted if you just use narcotics for “true” pain.  That is completely wrong.  Macy makes that clear in case after case of people who are put on oxycontin after injury or surgery and cannot get off and eventually resort to heroine. Macy also spends a good deal of time dispelling the myth that abstinence is the only solution. Not a very cheerful book but if you want to learn what is happening around us this is it.

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Final Jeopardy 10-2-2018

October 2, 2018

 

Final Jeopardy Category:

 

Oscar Hyphenates

 

 Final Jeopardy Clue:

 

This actor has never been nominated for acting–he won, though, as a writer for 1997 & as a producer for 2012

 

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

 

Ben Afflect

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Book Review: Bellwether (1996) Connie Willis

Bellwether(1996) Connie Willis

Bellwether

Well this is easy. Connie Willis is one of my very favorite authors.  I stumbled upon her when I found To Say Nothing of The Dog.  It was a real gem.  Full of the fun of time travel and a little bit of a love story.  Then on to the Doomsday Book, Blackout, and All Clear.

 

Bellwetheris not in this time travel series.  Fear not – it is still in the “fun” series.  Dr. Sandra Foster is a researcher for Hi-Tek company where she is studying fads.  She wants to find the origin of fads such as hair bobbing.  The goal is a serious one – if you know what causes fads maybe you go prevent the toxic ones from happening.  The whole thing is a take on Robert Browning’sPippa Passes(Check it out).  The Pippa in this book is a glorified mail clerk named Flip who unconsciously drives the plot.  Meanwhile “Love is in the air” between Dr. Foster and her colleague Dr. Riley and a flock of contrary lambs. I can be pretty cynical but not with Connie Willis who is the real deal.  Very thoughtful, put together stories that combine a bit of sci fi, some great characters, and a lot of fun. Do NOT stop!

 

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Final Jeopardy 10-1-2018

October 1, 2018

 

Final Jeopardy Category:

 

World Literature

 

Final Jeopardy Clue:

 

In a recent poll of 125 authors, this long 1870s novel about a woman ranked as the greatest work of fiction of all time

 

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Anna Karenina

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Ohio State Fight Song: Drive, Drive on down the field…

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The Great Treehouse Moving Adventure

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Revenge of Analog (2016). David Sax

Revenge of Analog  (2016) David Sax

Revenge_Analog

What do paper notebooks,  vinyl records, film, and board games have in common?  They are all examples of a persistence or reversion to old school modes as delivered by David Sax.  Is this a trend or the exception that proves the rule.  Are board games going to overtake computer games/   Will we all turn to using longhand and quills to communicate?  Of course not.  It is interesting and probably important that in the midst of technologic progress many of us choose to engage in things we can touch and enjoy without the use of computers.  I am not a Luddite but I see this as a positive thing.  Interesting book.

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