Won A Couple Of First Place Awards For My Column
In Sunday night's LA Press Club Awards, in both the large circulation (100,000 circ and up) and the small circ categories. B7 is the large-circ category. Here are the judges' words about my column:
Amy Alkon, Creators Syndicate
Judges' Comments: The dangers are plenty for any advice columnist: It is easy to be trite, predictable, maudlin, stuffy, cute or - most ominously - just plain wrong. Amy Alkon transcends those hazards for two basic reasons: She writes with nerve and she offers knowledge based on that extraordinary attribute known as authentic research. It is rare to read an advice columnist and to think afterward, "I actually learned something." Yet Alkon's take on the chemical basis of infatuation, or her shattering statistical dismissal of popular myths about blind dates, or her clear-eyed take on the realities of the sexual dynamic in longtime couples (a dynamic most typically and erroneously filtered, as she notes, through a male perspective) .... Holy smokes. Readers walk away looking at their own lives a little differently, which is the goal of any fine columnist, period. That provides reason, ample reason, for honoring Alkon with this award.
2nd: Marty Kaplan, Jewish Journal
3rd: Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly
Amy Alkon, Creators Syndicate, "Selected Columns"
Judges' Comments: Ms. Alkon combines off-center analysis, research and spirited writing in these advice columns. The columns are interesting and fun. They also appear to be sincere efforts to provide helpful advice.
2nd: Charles Crumpley, Los Angeles Business Journal, "Wasting and Wanting"
3rd: Henry Dubroff, Pacific Coast Business Times, "Amgen is Big Pharma's Newest Player"