Category Archives: John Unger Zussman

Everyone is Guilty of Something

Everyone is Guilty of Something By John Unger Zussman   Stories are transformative. They have the power to change our minds and open our hearts, to help us experience the world through other eyes and walk a mile in other … Continue reading

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Cash

Cash By John Unger Zussman My grandfather loved horses and gambling more than he loved my grandmother, so he spent a lot of time at the racetrack. From time to time a small envelope would appear in our mail addressed … Continue reading

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An Epidemic of Overtreatment

An Epidemic of Overtreatment By John Unger Zussman Last month, I previewed Roger Weisberg’s new documentary about medical overtreatment, Money and Medicine, which premiered on PBS on September 25. You can view the film in full on its PBS website. … Continue reading

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The Apple / IBM Difference: A Tribute to Steve Jobs

I never knew Steve Jobs, but I almost worked for him twice. I interviewed for a technical writer position at Apple in 1980, and for the director of documentation role at NeXT in 1993. In truth, I was both sorry … Continue reading

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Pas de Deux on the High Wire

For Chelsea and Maz, whose wedding last weekend prompted me to dust this off. And for Patti. Pas de Deux on the High Wire by John Unger Zussman One Saturday, in our twenties, We put up the tightrope. Eyed it … Continue reading

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Is There a Gene for That?

Is There a Gene for That? By John Unger Zussman In the eight years since the human genome was sequenced, the search has been on for genes that underlie various diseases and disorders. We seem to be obsessed with genetic … Continue reading

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Rites of Passage

I’ve been asked to explain a bit about the personal essays I often contribute to this blog. I wrote most of them for the popular “Readers Write” feature in my favorite literary magazine, The Sun. Each month they propose a … Continue reading

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