Archive for the 'Writing' Category

August 28th, 2015

NOTE: THE FIRST TWO POSTS- BERNIE LEADS HILLARY 44-37 IN NEW HAMPSHIRE… AND ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS… -ARE STUCK TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE. NEWER STORIES DO APPEAR BELOW.

IS THIS WHAT TORTURE EUPHEMISMS GET US…?

August 15th, 2015

[Update at 1556 on 18 August—Lee Glendinning, Editor, Guardian US, was kind enough to send me a note regarding my concerns about the Kayla Mueller story. The correction would have been more than sufficient. Glendinning writes: Hello Jeff This wording has been changed, and a correction note placed in the piece. Thank you for your […]

I SAID* THAT THIS COULD NOT END WELL…

August 13th, 2015

*previously…

WILL WE ACCEPT A GENDER NEUTRAL HONORIFIC…?

August 13th, 2015

I adopted their as a singular pronoun when I was in college after learning that the word had had that role in the 19th century, becoming a plural pronoun in the 20th century. My decision was driven both by a desire to be gender sensitive and because I could not stand the convoluted he/she, him/her […]

VIVA LE DECROISSANCE…!

August 12th, 2015

I have a new favorite word this morning: decroissance. The word appears in a footnote on page 93 of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate. Klein writes: In French, decroissance has the double meaning of challenging both growth, croissance, and croire, to believe—invoking the idea of choosing not to believe the fiction […]

THIS CANNOT END WELL…

August 11th, 2015

POLICE PWN LA TIMES, GET TED RALL FIRED…

August 10th, 2015

Newspaper owners, editors and assorted flunkies are running scared. They’re drowning in a rising tide of new media that has rendered them, at best, marginally valuable, and no step seems to extreme to keep their heads above the surface long enough to retire and run. The latest shameful, from-their-knees act, is to take a faked […]

THIS IS REQUIRED READING…

August 9th, 2015

I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between The World And Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And it’s examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it […]

READING ABOUT POVERTY IS SO DEPRESSING…

August 6th, 2015

I’ve been a journalist—well-paid, paid, low-paid and unpaid—for most of my life. One of the books I’m reading right now is Ta-Nehisi Coates Between The World And Me in which, in addition to his insights on race, he talks about his own development as a writer and journalist. From Barbara Ehrenreich perspective the Coates who […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON STEVE LITT, THE PLAIN DEALER
AND CLEVELAND ELITES PUSH WRONG TAX…

August 5th, 2015

What happens when a reporter becomes the tool of what he’s reporting? He finds ways to lie by omission. Steve Litt at the Plain Dealer is an example of this phony journalism. If you’ll stay with me I’ll explain to your satisfaction, I believe. With his Public Square task pretty much completed, Litt’s project now […]

WOULD GO SET A SUCKER BE MORE APPROPRIATE…?

August 4th, 2015

If I lived in Traverse City I would patronize Brilliant Books. Retailers, or any service provider, that makes an effort to honestly deal with customers is a business deserving of patronage and word-of-mouth support. What has Brilliant books done that is so laudable? They admitted that their customers had been played. In US bookshop offering […]

YOUR MOURNED AND MISPLACED CREATIVITY IS…?

July 23rd, 2015

I firmly believe that getting a four-year (or six-year) education in Journalism or Writing is time and effort better spent elsewhere. If my graduate self could have had a beer or two with my new freshman self the single piece of advice I would have imparted was that a good editor can teach you all […]

SCOTT ADAMS ON THE MANUFACTURING OF LUCK…

July 12th, 2015

I was horrible at sports when I was young. I played three years of summer league baseball as a left and center fielder where my main skill was to get under fly balls and catch them before they touched the ground. The hard part was getting under the ball. If I did that right, then […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: IS THE PD STILL A NEWSPAPER…?

July 11th, 2015

The Cleveland Plain Dealer—if you still remember it—is down to 79 editorial workers. And it’s going down from there. I’m told there are about the same number working the digital Cleveland.com side. Or as the management calls it—Northeast Ohio Media Group. But the bloodletting isn’t over. As the PD hires cheaper and less experienced young […]

SCOTT ADAMS ON CONSISTENCY AND TRUTH…

July 11th, 2015

I finished reading Scott Adams’ How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big recently and, as is my system, I put my notes from the book into my Electronic Chapbook. Normally I start at the beginning and proceed in due course to the end. I’m not doing that this time. Instead I’ve jumped […]

OLIVER BURKEMAN DESCRIBES MY ANTI-LIBRARY…

July 8th, 2015

While I’m certain that my humble library pales before the grandeur of Umberto Eco’s collection, I too have been the interrogated as to how many of my volumes have I actually read. Oliver Burkeman, writing in What unread books can teach us provides, via Eco’s How To Justify A Private Library, a very neat solution […]

WAVES OF SAND AS DEVASTATING AS TIDAL WAVES…

July 4th, 2015

Dune, one of the 18 books that have shaped my world, was first published by Chilton on 1 October 1965. One of the very few DVD/Blu-Ray discs in my collection is the David Lynch vision of Dune. Hari Kunzru celebrates the golden anniversary: During the period he wrote Dune, his wife Beverly Ann was the […]

THAT VS. WHICH USAGE BATTLE…

July 4th, 2015

I always enjoy the Merriam-Webster Ask The Editor videos. While I have my own quirks—over vs. more than being one particularly irritating example*—I appreciate the squishy language aspect brought to the table by the editors. Language Arts teachers across the United States, and possibly in the rest of the English-speaking world, notwithstanding, words are what […]

HOLDING HANDS WITH BARBARIANS…

June 11th, 2015

We are guilty by association of imprisoning blogger Raif Badawi. We bear responsibility for each of the 50 lashes he received on 9 January of this year. We will take on further shame if Badawi’s beatings continue tomorrow. To do nothing is to agree to the barbarism of the House of Saud. A Saudi Arabian […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SEEMING TO BE THERE…

June 1st, 2015

My current project is a novel set a century ago in Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve only been to Charleston once, and that for only a single afternoon more than a dozen years ago. I remember the high bridge driving south into the city. I remember lunch and a bookstore. I remember park and battery at […]

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