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It's surprising that Diamond, with years of experience studying birds  
in PNG, and supposedly interacting with locals,  had not encountered  
many obvious tall tales.

Best,
Michael

On May 14, 2009, at 2:40 PM, herb fox wrote:

> As an amateur with a passing long ago acquaintance with  
> anthropological films on PNG, i recall massive but modestly armed  
> confrontations in which almost no one loses his life.  Then ever  
> expanding tales of fierce fighting and multiple deaths.  I am  
> inclined to believe that the arrogant Jared Diamond got suckered.   
> The telling of tall tales by pre-modern people is apparently rather  
> common.  The tales become more elaborate the greater the listener's  
> interest.  Such great, vivid and captivating entertainment is poorly  
> replaced today by tv.  Judging by how Ronald Reagan's story telling  
> was widely accepted as truth, i am not surprised that J.D. got  
> suckered.  Why can't these wonderfully creative tellers of tall  
> tales be included in such contests as the Pullitzer Prize.
> In the interest of full disclosure, i have an animus toward J. D.  
> based on reading his creative writing.
> herb
>
> Michael Balter wrote:
>> I hope list members will be able to read my story along with  
>> Rhonda's account, as it has many quotes from Jared Diamond and  
>> David Remnick giving their side of the story. It is important to  
>> know what they are saying whether or not one agrees with it.
>>
>> MB
>>
>> On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 12:09 PM, Phil Gasper  
>> <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
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>>    Rhonda Shearer's critique of Diamond's New Yorker article is here:
>>    http://www.stinkyjournalism.org/latest-journalism-news-updates-149.php 
>> .
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>>    On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 1:13 PM, Michael Balter
>>    <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>  
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>>        http://michael-balter.blogspot.com/2009/05/vengeance-bites-back-at-jared-diamond.html
>>
>>        Here is a link that might be of interest to list members.
>>
>>        best, Michael
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