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Bookshelves!

I love books, and here’s where I keep ’em:

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China’s Wings – how the sausage got made

I built most of China’s Wings from these 4×6 cards, using the process described by Barbara Tuchman in her book Practicing History Continue reading

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The end of an Era: China’s Wings goes to the garage…

I’m re-organizing the office this week, moving out all the files related to the creation of China’s Wings in the hopes of making room for an (as-yet) unknown story to move in. This process makes me feel pretty sad — … Continue reading

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Practicing History, or, How Barbara Tuchman saved my bacon

Barbara Tuchman’s book Practicing History taught me the system for organizing research on 4×6 index cards that I used to great effect while writing China’s Wings. Continue reading

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Why interviewing Moon Chin is like interviewing a jazz riff…

As my understanding of CNAC improved, so did my ability to extract maximum value from my Moon Chin interviews, but even though I was getting more and more out of them, I still had another critical lesson to learn – … Continue reading

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Ceiling 500 feet, intermittent drizzle

In 2004, I approached Moon Chin with great trepidation. My experiences at the CNAC reunion made it obvious that he had incredible standing and “face” among the company’s veterans, and I suspected I wouldn’t be able to write the story … Continue reading

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