Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Fresh Air" and Huffington Post Today Feature "Masters of Sex"

Today, "Masters of Sex" is featured in "The Huffington Post" with a book excerpt and in an interview with Terry Gross on "Fresh Air."

Thomas Maier and the 'Masters of Sex'
The program speaks with Thomas Maier about the story of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, and their controversial research into human sexuality, based on observing volunteers engaged in the act. Maier's book, "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love," which has been adapted into a Showtime series, drew on interviews with Johnson, who died last week.

Friday, July 26, 2013

New York Times Spotlights "Masters of Sex"; Gray Lady Says "Don't Mind Us. We'll Just Watch." Most Insightful Story So Far About the New Showtime Series. Bill and Virginia Meet Lizzy and Michael

     This is so far the best story I've read about Showtime's "Masters of Sex". Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times did an excellent job of getting everyone to talk candidly.
      Personally, I think John Madden's description of the series about a year ago made the most sense to me: it has the long narrative arc of a "Mad Men" but with the fascinating episodic human case studies of a "House." God knows, there were enough troubled sex cases that Masters and Johnson handled over nearly 40 years to fill an entire network schedule! Kudos to Dave for his reporting from the same lot where they made "The Wizard of Oz," another story that gained new life on TV.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Virginia Johnson Dies in St. Louis, Sexual Pioneer with an Extraordinary Life, One of the Most Remarkable American Women of the 20th Century

This morning I found out Virginia Johnson passed away in St. Louis. She was a good friend and of course the muse for my book. I'm very sorry to hear this news so close to the "Masters of Sex" show's premiere, which will underline her extraordinary life and accomplishments with William Masters. I know she'd be thrilled by Lizzy Caplan's portrayal of her, created by Michelle Ashford, which so captures the essence of Gini's spirit and abiding intelligence. Virginia Johnson was one of the most extraordinary American female lives of the 20th Century. I'll miss her greatly.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Old Friends with New Achievements: Familiar Faces from NY Newsday Still Out There Making News

It's always fun hearing about the achievements of old friends from Newsday.

Medical writer Laurie Garrett, who won the Pulitzer at Newsday in 1996, is now at the Council of Foreign Relations. She just released this video with a new paper about concerns surrounding dual use research and questions about synthetic biology.

 This isn't her only video, of course! Showing her generous loyalty as a friend, Laurie played MC at my 2009 book party for "Masters of Sex" along with writer Gay Talese and Dr. Robert Kolodny.

And in June at the National Press Club, I sat with old friend NYT columnist Jim Dwyer who won this year's Sigma Delta Chi prize for his superb writings. I was there with my News 12 colleague Pat Dolan as we picked up the Sigma Delta prize for online multimedia investigations as part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists team effort looking at the worldwide trade in human body parts.

That old New York Newsday staff was a pretty talented crew and they're still making news!