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Michael Miner, inspired by his recent participation in defining a journalism award, ruminates on journalists who tell other people's stories in evocative, nonparticipatory fashion. Along the way, he gets fecund quotes from excellent journalists Alex Kotlowitz and Kate Boo; he also quotes Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer, a book I recently read and enjoyed in a class taught by Kotlowitz, of all people.
In a new Mudville, Kevin Warwick pricks the debate on whether bicycle seats cause erectile dysfunction.
Plus, Savage Love: This week, readers submit their tales of polyamorous relationships.