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Daniel Connolly

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Daniel Connolly uses rigorous reporting to tell true stories about immigration, economics and globalization.

A fluent speaker of Spanish and German, he was born in Memphis, graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio and completed a postgraduate Fulbright teaching fellowship in Germany. He moved to Alabama in 2002 to work at the former Birmingham Post-Herald newspaper, where he completed a major project on Mexican immigration.

He moved to Little Rock, Arkansas and covered immigration for The Associated Press before returning to Memphis in 2006 to join the staff of The Commercial Appeal newspaper, where he still works. In addition to immigration reporting, he’s investigated multi-million dollar government payments to a Swedish corporation and Mexica
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Daniel Connolly I'm really hard-pressed to answer this. Hmm. Well, to give a highbrow answer it's Orpheus and Eurydice - Orpheus goes down to the underworld to get hi…moreI'm really hard-pressed to answer this. Hmm. Well, to give a highbrow answer it's Orpheus and Eurydice - Orpheus goes down to the underworld to get his wife, which is a great act of devotion. Unfortunately it doesn't go well.
My pop culture answer is Ricky and Lucy from "I Love Lucy."(less)
Daniel Connolly I don't really have a problem with writer's block. I've always been able to sit down and write something - the only problem I've had is that what I wr…moreI don't really have a problem with writer's block. I've always been able to sit down and write something - the only problem I've had is that what I write the first time isn't very good.

Since 2006, I have used a process that I adopted from the writing coach Chip Scanlan. I follow these steps.

First, I quickly write answers to these five questions.

-Why does it matter?
- What’s the point?
- Why is this story being told?
- What does it say about life, about the world, about the times we live in?
- What’s the story really about? (one word!)

With the answers to those five questions in mind, I use a word processor to write a first draft.
2) Then I print out the draft.
3) I read it out loud, word for word.
4) As I read, I mark problems in the text that I need to change, marking them physically on the printout.
5) I fix the problems one by one, revising in the word processor. Sometimes it's as simple as fixing a typo. Other times, I need to check a fact by conducting an interview.
6) Then I repeat those steps over and over, until I either hit my deadline or I'm satisfied with the work.

I do this whether I'm writing a 400-word article or a book.

I learned this process through an online course I took with Chip Scanlan himself, but I looked him up just now and I see that he's co-authored a textbook that you can check out:

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Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado
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An excellent mix of personal narrative and big-picture sociology / modern history of Mexico. Highly readable, lots of gripping details about deadly violence, corruption, and drug dealers, and the impact of cartel death threats on the author and his f ...more
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A Spy in Canaan by Marc Perrusquia
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"A Spy in Canaan" is a highly readable civil rights history with implications for government spying in the modern day.
Few 20th-century figures have attracted as much public attention as civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. As the 50th annive
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Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie
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One of the most surprising elements of "Helmet for my pillow," Robert Leckie's narrative of his experience as a young Marine fighting in the Pacific theater in World War II, is the narrator's kleptomania.
Maybe the word "kleptomania" is an exaggerat
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Citizens of London by Lynne Olson
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I listened to this as an audio book and it kept me interested through 12+ compact discs of material. I kept telling my friends and family tidbits that I learned - for instance, that V-1 "buzz bomb" missiles killed around 30,000 London civilians durin ...more
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The Night of the Gun by David Carr
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Highly readable - lots of insight into addiction and life in general. The author's research into his own past gives extra insight. It's a shame the author died only a short time after this book was published.
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The Night of the Gun by David Carr
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Highly readable - lots of insight into addiction and life in general. The author's research into his own past gives extra insight. It's a shame the author died only a short time after this book was published.
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Mrs. Adams in Winter by Michael O'Brien
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This book takes readers into early 19th century Europe, as Mrs. Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, completes a winter trek from St. Petersburg to Paris. I'm giving the book four stars rather than five because of some inherent weaknesses of the sou ...more
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Learn Better by Ulrich Boser
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Near the end of Ulrich Boser's book "Learn Better," he quotes a cognitive scientist: "If education were in the same realm as medicine, we would still be doing bloodletting with leeches."

This quote illustrates a central point of "Learn Better": that m
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From Boss Crump to King Willie by Otis Sanford
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Otis Sanford has produced a highly readable and frequently entertaining account of two political giants in a Southern city.
The first giant is Edward Hull Crump, better known as "Boss Crump," a white man and leader of a political machine that curried
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