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Do you take things personally?

Andrea Cagan - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Do you take things personally?

As a professional writer, I’m often under scrutiny when I write. If I’m writing my own pieces, chapters, essays or books, it’s all free form, a thrill when the words start to appear on the blank page. But when I ghostwrite and collaborate, I have several people to please: the client for whom I’m writing the book, the agent who has a bad habit of sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong, and then there’s me.
 

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Hollywood Is Growing Up

Andrea Cagan - Monday, January 08, 2018
Hollywood Is Growing Up

The Golden Globe awards were not at all what I expected. I usually spend most of the show admiring the gowns and millions of dollars worth of diamonds dripping from necks, wrists and ear lobes. But when every attendee, actor and civilian, showed up in black, it was a stunning sight to see. Diamonds look shiny and exquisite on black but no one asked anyone “what they were wearing” or from whence their magnificent jewels had been rented. The issues were far more important, it appeared that everyone agreed, and there was a comforting and exciting show of solidarity, something the industry has been sorely lacking. 

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Right to Die

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Right to Die

In the late ‘80s, into the ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, I volunteered at Chris Brownlie AIDS hospice. AZT was just emerging and there were no cocktails available to keep the Beast at bay. Back then, AIDS and HIV diagnoses were tantamount to a death sentence. I watched so many people leave their bodies in a painful, agonizing way at a time when assisted suicide wasn’t legal even in Oregon. That happened in 1997, and while I witnessed courageous people dying hard, I understood why they called it the Death with Dignity Act.  

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