Common Sense in Uncommon Times
Ellen Goodman
Common Sense in Uncommon Times
Tue Apr 6, 2004 20:48

Ellen Goodman: Common Sense in Uncommon Times

Thurs., March 18, 7 p.m.

In an absorbing and lively interview with National Public Radio’s Linda Wertheimer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman shares her common sense and her insights on the seminal events, issues, and personalities that have shaped our lives over the past decade. Goodman’s scrutiny ranges from the Clinton scandals, to the boom and bust, the horrors of Sept. 11, and the War on Terrorism; and she shows how Washington politics, high-tech, and the national media culture affect our jobs, relationships, and minds.

Referred to as a trusted observer and companion for our morning coffee, Goodman reveals what makes us tick, laugh, and sometimes fume, and makes sense of the topics of our time, from the vagaries of Viagra and Botox, to “reality TV,” and the lines that separate public and private life.

Linda Wertheimer is senior national correspondent for NPR. Ellen Goodman’s syndicated column appears in over 400 newspapers and she is a best-selling author. Her book Paper Trail (Simon and Schuster) is available for signing after the program.

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman's insight, common sense, and verbal flair have attracted a fervent national following since 1976, when her Boston Globe column was first syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. Today, her column appears on op-ed pages in over 440 newspapers across the country. Goodman has been with the Boston Globe, where she is an associate editor as well as a columnist, since 1967. She was graduated from Radcliffe College, cum laude, in 1963, and spent 1973-1974 at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. In 1980, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary. Her book on social change, Turning Points, was published in 1979. Five collections of her columns have also been published: ``Close to Home'' (1979), ``At Large'' (1981), ``Keeping in Touch'' (1985), ``Making Sense'' (1989), and ``Value Judgments'' (1993). A new book, written with Patricia O'Brien, titled ``I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives,'' was published by Simon & Schuster in Spring, 2000. Goodman's reporting has earned her numerous awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award in 1980. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights awarded her the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award in 1988 for her dedication to the cause of equality. In 1993, she received the President's Award from the National Women's Political Caucus at its Seventh Annual Exceptional Merit Media Award Ceremony. The Women's Research & Education Institute presented her with their American Woman Award in 1994. She was awarded the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for journalism at Colby College in 1998. In 1999 she received the International Matrix Award from the Association for Women in Communications. The Lyndhurst Foundation awarded her the 2000 Lyndhurst Prize. In 1996, Ellen Goodman was the first Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford University. Born in 1941, she lives with her husband in Brookline, Massachusetts. Books: Paper Trail : Common Sense in Uncommon Times
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Paper Trail
Common Sense in Uncommon Times
By Ellen Goodman


In this rich and savvy collection of commentaries on the events, people and issues that shape and define our world, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and New York Times bestselling author Ellen Goodman cuts to the heart of the stories and controversies that helped to define our times.

For over twenty-five years, nationally syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman has been training her lens on contemporary American life. A marvelously direct writer with keen insight into what makes the average American tick, laugh and occasionally boil with rage, Goodman takes her measure of the national psyche in a voice that is at once perceptive, witty and deeply humane.

Paper Trail, her first collection in more than ten years, journeys through an era that has been golden in its advances and bleak in its disappointments. In a voice both reasoned and impassioned, she makes sense of the cultural debates that have captured our attention and sometimes become national obsessions. She wrestles with the close-to-the-bone issues of abortion, working mothers and gay marriage, the struggles for civil liberties and equal rights, and the moral complexity of assisted suicide and biotech babies. As she wends through the era of the Clinton scandals and the "amBushing" of America, the dot-com boom and bust, the horrors of September 11 and the War on Terrorism, Goodman pauses to celebrate some of our lost icons, including Jackie Onassis, Princess Diana and Doctor Spock. She reminds us as well of the fleeting fame of such instant celebrities as Elian Gonzalez and Lorena Bobbitt.

The lines that separate public and private life dissolve under Goodman's scrutiny as she shows us how Washington politics, Silicon Valley technology and the national media culture infiltrate our jobs, relationships and minds. With the trademark clarity that readers count on, she walks us through the dilemmas posed by new technologies that range from cloning to cell phones and makes us laugh at the vagaries of Viagra and Botox and unreality TV. And in a world that sometimes seems to be stuck on fast forward, she holds on to values as timeless as a family Thanksgiving and a summer porch in Maine.

Including more than 160 of Ellen Goodman's lively and stylish columns, this timely collection walks us along the paper trail in a voice that is both crystal clear and original.


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