Ruth Ozeki, Amplifier

“But mild she is not. (Ruth) Ozeki, now 65, lived at least four lives before she even started writing. She published her first book when she was 42. From that novel, 1998’s My Year of Meats, through All Over Creation, the Booker Prize–shortlisted A Tale for the Time Being, and a memoir called The Face: A Time Code, she has shifted her readers’ way of perceiving what is ‘normal’ through a sort of slow, capillary action.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Sep 14, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,394 words)

Russia Has an Opioid Crisis Too – One of Untreated Pain

“While the US and some other Western countries are struggling to contain an opioid crisis caused, in part, by overprescription of narcotic analgesics, Russia has the opposite problem: Hundreds of thousands of cancer and other patients in severe pain are denied adequate pain relief due to a repressive drug control system, a stifling bureaucracy, a lack of proper training of medical professionals, and national attitudes toward pain.”

Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Sep 22, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,298 words)