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Seth Mnookin
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It's been hard to avoid all of the news about the measles outbreak that's currently sweeping across the country. The roots of the outbreak can be found in a fraudulent 1998 study, since retracted, claiming the MMR vaccines was associated with autism. I looked into why so many people still are convinced this is true despite all of the evidence to the contrary in my book The Panic Virus, and my publisher, Simon & Schuster, has just put the ebook on sale for $2.99 -- so if you've been thinking about reading it but haven't taken the plunge, now's a good time to pick it up.
http://amzn.to/15Vl8hV
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/panic-virus-seth-mnookin/1102177688?ean=9781439165676&itm=1&usri=the+panic+virus

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Fantastic piece from +Kevin Hartnett in the Boston Globe's Ideas section on the question of whether Charles Dickens borrowed (read: stole) several crucial plot elements of A Christmas Carol from the writings of women who worked 12 hours a day spinning cotton in the Lowell mills. 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/12/15/dickens/vFjBRRSBUtzHVH9DXiCSSL/story.html

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+Maryn McKenna is a flat-out, stone-cold inspiring reporter -- and here she does her usual bang-up job on a piece that's simultaneously sobering and terrifying. Also: incredible writing -- and a lead that is, ahem, to die for. 
https://medium.com/p/892b57499e77

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This Thursday at 5pm, Hilary Sargent (aka Chartgirl) will be giving a talk titled "Visualizing Information: An Alternative Route to Understanding and Explaining Complicated Information" as part of the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Colloquium Series. That's a dry, academic sounding title for what will be a free-ranging discussion of everything from Taylor Swift's maneating tendencies to to mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. Hilary is awesome -- so much so that she should more than cancel out needing to see me moderate. Hope you Boston folks can make it there...
http://blogs.plos.org/thepanicvirus/?p=6035

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The whirling dervish that is Hanya Yanagihara picks up another well-deserved accolade: PW just named "People in the Trees" as one of its Top 10 books of the year. Rock on, Hanya. 

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/59796-pw-reveals-top-101-best-books-of-2013.html

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Yes, I'm biased, but it's nice to know that literally every review out there has agreed with my assessment that Hanya Yangihara's novel "People in the Trees" is a remarkable piece of work. The latest to weigh in is +The Boston Globe, which calls it "fascinating and multilayered" and says Hanya is like "a chef who manages to whip up a divine dish from an unlikely combination of ingredients. Her storytelling is masterful." Get this book. You'll thank me later. 
Book: http://amzn.to/15gNCSb
Globe review: http://b.globe.com/18WeNPv
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