Archive for the 'Writing' Category

BAD PARENTS ABHOR DISSENT FROM THEIR KIDS…

April 14th, 2015

Every year the American Library Association published a list of the most-challenged books, i.e. books people want to ban from libraries and, by extension, the view of those they wish to control. This year Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian came in at No. 1. I met Alexie briefly at Oberlin […]

FREE SPEECH, FREE PRESS, FREE RAIF BADAWI…

April 14th, 2015

Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who was sentenced to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, now faces being beheaded for renouncing the religion, his family have said. What is the difference between an execution for your beliefs by ISIS and an execution for your beliefs by the House of Saud? Trudy […]

THIS IS NOT WHAT GEORGE HARRISON WANTED…

March 30th, 2015

In my moldy and decayed collection of eight-track tapes there was (I tossed them all two moves ago, but kept a list of what I had) was the two-tape collection of George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, the mother of all benefit concerts. George and all the musicians who came together would not be happy with […]

…WRITERS WHO CAN REMEMBER FREEDOM

March 15th, 2015

On 19 November of last year, Ursula K. Le Guin received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, which administers the National Book Awards. I still have my much-read copies of her Earth Sea Trilogy, which I first read in high school. Those books lead me to The Left […]

WHAT DOES THIS EARTH REQUIRE OF US…?

March 13th, 2015

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In this broadcast you will meet an effervescent man who still believes we can make democracy work. Later we’ll talk about those people in Washington who refuse to let it work, but first Wendell Berry. A master of the written word, he rarely appears on television. For one thing, when he’s not […]

BLOGGER(S): 1 SLIMEBALL DMCA ABUSER: 0…

March 10th, 2015

Blogging can feel more than a little David-and-Goliathish most of the time, so reading about Oliver Hotham’s small victory has made my Tuesday. (My blogs—Have Coffee Will Write and The Writing On The Wal use WordPress software but are hosted independently.) After a two-year legal battle, journalist Oliver Hotham and Automattic, owners of blogging service […]

SHARPE’S WRITER…

March 6th, 2015

I came late to reading Bernard Cornwell’s books. Only when I was once laid up with a bad cold and was able to watch the Sharpe videos did I discover Cornwell’s work. I have since read all his historical novels (for some reason I cannot quite name, I’ve felt no desire to read his thrillers) […]

250 YEARS OF SLAVERY. 90 YEARS OF JIM CROW.
60 YEARS OF SEPARATE BUT EQUAL.
35 YEARS OF STATE SANCTIONED REDLINING

March 1st, 2015

As I noted earlier, I come to this story late. I am also finding the brilliant writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates daunting, dense and deceptively easy to read. Any young, or old journalist, might aspire to this level of mastery and be gratified in the attempt. Coates follows the punch line of his stories head—The Case […]

STAYING ANALOG, PAPER STILL COUNTS…

February 23rd, 2015

I have continued to go analog in many aspects of my life, but I still find the digital component important for sharing information through Have Coffee Will Write, The Writing On The Wal and emails. When writing fiction I still have my IBM Selectric II for first drafts, but I find my brain moves too […]

HCWW’S THE WAY OF THE WRITER

February 21st, 2015

I rediscovered these principles in my archives yesterday while searching for an unrelated post. I believe I wrote the original in 2003. After more than 10 years I have forgotten a great deal. The Five Principles Of The Way of the Writer No. 1 Write. Source: You don’t have to go to school to be […]

BE AT PEACE AND THE WORLD MAY BE AT PEACE…

February 20th, 2015

[I]t’s crucial for you to find a way to practice peace. Even if you can only do it in a very restricted manner, it will help you survive. It will help you nourish hope. So I think it’s very important not to allow ourselves to be carried away by the feeling of despair. We should […]

THE TWO REALITIES YOU MUST KNOW ARE…

February 16th, 2015

An economist walks into a bar. This is a true story; it’s 2002, the bar is the Lava Lounge in LA, and the economist is an academic named Glen Whitman. He gets chatting to a fellow patron and mentions his line of work. “So,” asks the stranger, “what are the Two Things about economics?” “Huh?” […]

CHARMING WORDS FOR NASTY PEOPLE…

February 15th, 2015

Ruffian, Scalawag, Knave, Rapscallion, Reprobate, Cad, Scapegrace, Hooligan, Scamp and Wretch. Which would you prefer to be called? Which would you prefer to be?

WRITING IS OUR INSIGHT MADE MANIFEST…

February 14th, 2015

The best thing we can offer to the world is our insight. To live our life in mindfulness and with concentration is to continue to produce insight—for our own liberation, healing and nourishment, and for the liberation, healing and nourishment of the world. p. 99 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh […]

BAD ENGLISH, BAD…! BAD…!

February 13th, 2015

That any of us can speak American (see comment No. 1 below), let alone read and write the horrible mess, however improperly, is a miracle. Luba Vangelova—against what I know will be a tsunami of I speak, read and write American just fine, thank you very much language apologists—makes the case that our convoluted spelling […]

WHO GETS TO TOSS THE FIRST WORD…?

February 12th, 2015

So why adopt error-hunting mindset? Simply because “it feels more authentic when we condemn error and enforce a rule… what good is learning a rule if all we can do is obey it?” Anger delivers ego-enhancing pleasure; so does strengthening the boundaries of group membership—and carping about language is far more socially acceptable than explicit […]

HOW TO FOIL THE PLUMBERS…

January 29th, 2015

People often tell reporters things their employers, or their government, want to keep suppressed. But leaking can serve the public interest, fueling revelatory and important journalism. This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: TED ‘EXCUSES’ DIADIUN,
THE PLAIN DEALER’S EXPLAINER-AWAY…

January 28th, 2015

Deception comes in many forms. It’s time to talk about Ted Diadiun. Or better identified as “Mr. P. D. Excuses”. A fake ombudsman for Plain Dealer readers. And believe me, he’s good at it. I have to admit. I think he could rationalize a murder as “all a little misunderstanding,” for the paper if he […]

DOWN A MODERATION RABBIT HOLE…

December 8th, 2014

About two years ago I began regularly reading The Guardian and leaving comments on the occasional story. In June of last year I was made a comment on a Steve Bell cartoon. (I don’t recall the exact comment, but I believe I made some reference to the image on the wall behind President Obama, and […]

WHERE I GO FROM HERE…

November 22nd, 2014

2004 me and 2014 me… I’ve invested a great deal of time in recent weeks considering the questions about the next part of my journey as a novelist and journalist, and where I want to take my blogs Have Coffee Will Write and The Writing On The Wal. Back in 2005, Cleveland alternate news weekly […]

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