Looking back on my own writing this year, I found myself writing far too many obituaries — we lost too many talented people in 2007, and it’s tough to sum up the life’s work of an artist you admire in two or three paragraphs punched out on deadline — but I also found they led to some of my most passionate, and most warmly received items.(Credit here properly belongs to those who inspired me.) I also got worked up writing about such issues as free expression, the hijacking of pop culture for partisan political purposes, and the war on film critics, all of which are, of course, linked.
It made me want to throw up, even before my chemotherapy regimen started and I became a vomiting expert.At age nine, Josh was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a fifty percent chance to live.He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated.Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age thirteen and he took up ski racing three years later.He trained for the next six years and in 2006 he was named to the US Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympics in Turino, Italy. was a National Bestseller in hardcover and is now available in paperback and audiobook.