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Re: now Billy's greed, was If you have already seen this...

On Thursday, July 1, 2004, at 10:12 PM, Donna wrote:

So what kinda of books did you write Jim...\


Mostly the kind that would bore the socks off anyone who was not into the subject. For the National Academy of Sciences I wrote books about evaluating health care, an analysis of health care received by children in a variety of different settings, an analysis of infant mortality, an analysis of how federal research dollars are allocated among large and small, pubic and private, universities and corporations; for the Investor Responsibility Research Center I wrote analyses [two books] on how institutional investors voted on investor-sponsored corporate governance questions at corporation annual meetings; for the USDA Forest Service and the USDI Bureau of Reclamation,
pesticide safety manuals... the list goes on and includes a briefly popular textbook on HMOs.

That's just the book part. I also wrote three radio shows per week for four years. Many chapters of text books, and lots of other stuff. The most fun things I wrote were a series of op-ed page essays about the blue of wild chicory flowers, the time my favorite cow broke a horn and nearly bled to death, and what it's like to be a midwife when a prized ewe is having a breech birth.

Wanta know more? I started writing poems when very young and by the time I finally got to university, was publishing a lot of them. Masses & Mainstream [the old commie monthly] called me the best [got that? BEST! What an enormous overstatement that was!] poet of the Beat Generation. Wasn't true; didn't work. There were a few persons ahead of me. The first book my poems were published in was titled "Four New Poets." Besides myself, they were Richard Brautigan [author of "Trout Fishing in America" and other artistically and commercially successful works], Martin Hoberman {who disappeared in Mexico before the book was published], and Carl Larsen, who went on to write syndicated newspaper columns and essentially silly books, like "Even the Dog Won't Eat My Meatloaf."

And is there anything you haven't done?

Yeah. I haven't been abducted by a UFO and, you know, probed...

About 2 years after I finished the second book, the National Academy
Sciences hired me to write a couple of books for them.

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