"Accidents" happen




Jim Messina's talk at the UM journalism school received some attention last week, but another J-school guest shouldn't be relegated to below-the-fold status. Award-winning Esquire writer-at-large Chris Jones speaks tonight at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theatre. The title of his talk: "Accidents."

Those unfamiliar with Jones' work should read "The Things That Carried Him," an account of how America brings the dead home from Iraq. The story, published last year, won the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. Then read "Home," another award winner about three astronauts stranded on the space station when the shuttle Columbia exploded. Then realize that Jones also gets to write about dildos and Scarlett Johansson.

Should be an interesting talk from the current visiting professor.

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