- Newsmaker: Slavery Reparations
California has become the first state to require insurance companies to compile and publish historical information on slavery. Yesterday, the State Department of Insurance posted the names of more than 600 slaves and 400 slave owners. In the first three hours, its website got 8000 hits. Jason Johnson, who is covering the story for the San Francisco Chronicle, has more on slavery reparations and historical records.
- Reporter's Notebook: Publishing World's Memoir Mania Leads to Enough About You
Memoirs in the publishing business have become big business. But the recent flood of memoir mania has raised questions about why writers are so fascinated by themselves -- and why so many readers care. David Shields, who writes for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's and other magazines, has just published his own memoir, Enough About You. Shields shares his thoughts on culture, literature and his memoir about memoirs.
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