Justine Griffin, a reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, decided to become an egg donor. She documents her journey in a three-part feature, The Cost of Life
: "This began as a way for me to honor a childhood friend who passed away and a hopeful account of my experience with the fertility industry. But it devolved into a tangle of broken promises, scary science and questionable experiences — ending with a ruptured cyst on my ovary and a fear that my future reproductive health may be in jeopardy." [more inside]
Inside, please find a list of twenty-eight movies, TV episodes, and short subjects by Errol Morris
and two movies about Errol Morris, all of which can be streamed, along with some short descriptions of their content. [more inside]
Fireman Saves Kitten
, captured with a GoPro. (SLYT)
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
William Blake has been held in solitary confinement at Elmira Correctional Facility in New York State for nearly 26 years, after he murdered a Sheriff's Deputy and wounded another in a failed escape attempt back in 1987. Sentenced to 77 years to life, he will be eligible for parole in 2064. But Blake has no chance of ever leaving prison alive, and almost no chance of ever leaving solitary — a fate he considers "a sentence worse than death.
" (Via) [more inside]
This summer, Gawker began soliciting and publishing a weekly series of first person essays submitted by their readers: "True Stories
." They include ten stories (to date) from struggling, unemployed Americans: Hello from the Underclass
. (Those who dislike Gawker's interface can find direct links to individual essays within.) [more inside]
was a TV series that ran during 2000 and 2001 featuring interviews conducted by documentary filmmaker Errol Morris using his (patent pending) Interrotron
. Episodes included an exploration of the mind of an expert on cattle slaughter techniques
, the story of a parrot who may have witnessed a murder
, a professional high school student
, a serial killer groupie
, and other strange and eccentric people
. (Previously: The smartest man in the world.
My Above-Average Stroke.
From November 2010, Garrison Keillor
writing about the stroke he suffered in 2009. [more inside]
The child you saved by adopting him might just save you in return
. A quiet first-person story of how a married guy became a single dad to an adopted son - the wife moved on, but the boy remained. (SLYahooV)
is a free first-person-shooter. Set in a realistic looking environment, it's fast and arcade-like. Available for Windows, OS X, and Linux (via
In the First Person
"is a free, high quality, professionally published, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. It lets you keyword search more than 700,000 pages of full-text by more than 18,000 individuals from all walks of life. It also contains pointers to some 4,300 audio and video files and 30,000 bibliographic records." (Description from website.)
You can also browse by repository
and several other ways.
Men In Black
CNN, Aug 4: Clashes between police and insurgents in the northern city of Mosul left 12 Iraqis dead and 26 wounded, hospital and police sources said Wednesday.
Rifle and rocket-propelled grenade fire as well as explosions were heard in the streets of the city.
A first-hand view of events.