The Glamorous Life of a Journalist, Part 173


(Please see mea culpa update below.) For previous reminders of what you're missing if you're not in the exciting world of journalism, see here and here, with links to other installments. This is what you missed today:

Dear James,

I would like to offer you an opportunity to talk with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. XXX XXX....

In addition, Dr. XXX XXX, the 'Father of Fat Grafting', repaired the scaring and indentations from the original surgeries on [a disfigured patient's] face by using the patient's own fat from another section of his body.

Dr. XXX XXX can talk about:

·         Everything you ever wanted to know about Fat Grafting but were afraid to ask
·         Fixing Plastic Surgery mistakes and restoring their natural appearance
·         Why current beauty trends for those using Botox and fillers may come back to haunt them
·         Revision Rhinoplasty
·         And anything lending to the world of plastic surgery and the social implications.
Can I put you in touch with Dr. XXX XXX?

There is a lot I have been afraid to ask about Fat Grafting, so at last my opportunity may have come.
UPDATE: I've just wound up a very, very long trip home, and I had timed this post to go up while I was somewhere en route. As if I were still on the job! Unfortunately, I had not XXX'd out  all references to the real name of the "Father of Fat Grafting" in the press release that came in. So for a while, before my eagle-eyed colleagues in the head office spotted it, the item included the doctor's actual name.

Naturally I feel bad to have been incomplete in my editing of the PR email. On the other hand, the entire point of that mailing was to get press coverage for the doctor, under his real name. So I don't feel that bad.

Now to sleep off a 26-hour trip.

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James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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