The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Drew Adamek

Drew Adamek is a writer and researcher with a background in public corruption investigative work, magazine writing and television production. He has over 150 television research credits, including the now-airing Discovery series, Main Street Mysteries. He has served as a researcher or developer on a wide range of projects including National Geographic’s Inside 9/11, Discovery Channel’s The Real NCIS and 48 Hours Investigates. Drew is currently a contributing writer to the Beachwood Media Company.

Zen and the Art of Book Covers

Just start doing it. It can be a fictional project on your own if you want. Just do it; there is no recipe other than that.

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Belgrade Raw: An Interview with Photographer Darko Stanimirović

Darko, with five other photographers, founded Belgrade Raw in 2009 to explore and share a side of Belgrade most outsiders never see.

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Forbes Library’s Writer-in-Residence: Susan Stinson

Susan Stinson is a novelist, historical tour guide, writing coach, speaker and the writer-in-residence for the Forbes Library in Northampton. She has published three novels, and recently completed a fourth, “Spider in a Tree”, a historical novel about the life and family of influential 18th century Calvinist theologian Jonathan Edwards based in Northampton. In 2011, she was awarded the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist prize for her “beautiful, courageous and important writing”.

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The Dark Side

I recently experienced two starkly different media treatments of the dark side of human nature.The first was painful to the point of nausea. I was at the gym watching the bank of televisions hanging in front of the workout stations. At one point, four of the nine screens were showing horrific footage of an angry father repeatedly striking his teenage daughter with a belt, the young girl screaming and cowering as he beat her.

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Introducing Serbian Literature

My wife and I recently spent six months traveling in the Balkans. We made stops in Spain, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, Turkey, and had two stays in Belgrade, Serbia. As we were leaving Serbia for the first time, our landlady handed me a novel with instructions to read it if I really wanted to understand the Serbian soul. The book she gave me was Hamam Balkania by Vladislav Bajac, a Serbian writer, journalist, poet, publisher and translator.

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Social Media Flaws and the Humanities

The humanities transmit, through time and across cultures, diverse expressions of the human condition, allowing us to contextualize, illuminate, and pass on an essential legacy of culture, history and heritage. They are an ages-old, ongoing conversation about the human condition that enables us to understand our place, our times and our spirits.

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New Orleans Rising: Interview with John King

This is part two in my continuing conversation with filmmakers about the political and narrative challenges they faced in producing films about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. While numerous documentaries have been released to mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the story is far from being definitively told.

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Witness Katrina: Interview with Filmmaker Greg Jacobs

There’s been a recent deluge of documentaries and news specials marking the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Within the last week, Spike Lee, Harry Shearer and Brian Williams each released high profile films examining the continuing social, political and economic consequences of the storm. While the coverage has been intense over the last month, many questions remain about the storm and its historical impact.

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15 Minutes of Jerkiness

One of the jerkiest things I’ve ever done is push a blind man down on an elevator in the Sears Tower. I was on a third-grade field trip to the observatory of the (then) world’s tallest building. I was so excited to get to the top that I shoved my way through a crowd of people standing at the elevator door. Without realizing it, I ran into the back of a blind man’s knees. I kept going, oblivious to the accident.

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Body of Evidence: The Body as Narrative Device in the True Crime Genre

During another episode of a true crime “documentary” television show, the audience will be taken on a dramatic ride of plot twists, the shocking secrets hidden in a quiet life and always, the revealing of an unexpected killer at the end. The police investigation into her death will have stops and starts, frustrating pauses, red herrings and finally, justice.

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