The writer-addict gives insight about the actor-addict

The Wrestler — Profiles in Vain — Medium.

David Carr writes about the media for The New York Times. He’s also a recovering addict. He is uniquely qualified to weigh in after the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. His essay on is a 5-minute read. But this quote takes just 12 seconds:

I have no certainty about what went wrong, but I can tell you from personal experience that what happened was not the plan. I have been alone in that room with my addled thoughts, the drugs, and the needle. Addicts in the grip always have a plan. I will do this, get this out of the way, and then I will resume life among the living — the place where family, friends and colleagues wait and hope. He didn’t make it back to that place.

May the next one make it back.


I didn’t know her name

This story of a life shows the struggles of young scientists, women scientists and those who cross the line of “conventional” science. Dr. Pert also was quotable and had a sense of humor. That helps in communicating about science. Now I know her name, from her obituary in The Washington Post.

Candace B. Pert, neuroscientist who discovered opiate receptor, dies at 67 – The Washington Post.

Newseum | Remembering Journalists We Lost

Newseum | Remembering Journalists We Lost.

“As 2011 comes to an end, the Newseum recognizes notable men and women who passed away this year and whose contributions to journalism will not be forgotten.

“Many of these journalists are featured in Newseum galleries and exhibits. They are honored separately from those who were killed around the world trying to report the news. For a list of those journalists, please visit the Journalists Memorial.”