Archive for the 'Writing' Category

JOURNALISTS MUST REPORT, NOT REPEAT, NEWS…

September 21st, 2017

Nader, in The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons, writes: For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media’s ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. How else can one explain the many years that passed before the tobacco, […]

WE LABOR IN THE DARK…

September 10th, 2017

I finished Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance yesterday and for the first time in many years, perhaps decades, I truly came across a new, for me, way to look at planning and goal setting. For most of my life I have relied on the wisdom of Charles Hobbs as recorded in […]

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: XVI…

September 6th, 2017

There is, I think, a desire among all writers, regardless of their experience, to discover some secret. I have found this to be true in my conversations, my readings of a library of books on How To Write and, most recently, in The Guardian’s My writing day series. No such secret, of course, exists. Kurt […]

REAL WORDS—PEEVE OR NOT—REALLY DO MATTER…

September 3rd, 2017

I have lots of personal peeves—partially destroyed and very unique jump to mind, thank you Dr. Evarts—regarding correct word usages, but I could do much worse than deferring to Harold Evans’ glossary. Evans, in The 35 words you’re (probably) getting wrong, writes: I freely acknowledge that, in a list of this sort, “glossary” is a […]

WHAT HAPPENED WHILE I WAS GONE THINKING…

September 1st, 2017

So, two weeks ago I went thinking to prepare for the beginning of the school year. My major challenge is that I’ve got an early start this year and I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings—even rising at 0330 which is my routine—to get all the work done that I like. The […]

RE: REPORTERS ARE NOT SOCIAL WORKERS; AND
WHAT PEOPLE POWER, WITH SOME HELP, CAN DO

August 28th, 2017

MEMO TO: Chris Quinn & “A Greater Cleveland.” FR: Roldo Bartimole RE: Slowly building empathy in Northeast Ohio Your program to use reporters as uneducated social workers has some problems, I think. First, you are dishonoring hundreds—thousand over the years—of social workers who have been working daily with families in need. It’s their job. You […]

ANNDDD, I’M BACK…

August 28th, 2017

A most fruitful week. Look for details tomorrow.

CONSERVATIVES CAN HAVES POETRY…?

August 10th, 2017

So, this morning I discovered that the conservatives read poetry. I ought not to be surprised, of course, there’s nothing progressive or liberal about poetry. I can only point to my own ignorance (or perhaps better put, my own indifference) on the subject and say that I’m happy to have corrected my error. This is […]

WELCOME TO MY WRITING SPACE…

August 1st, 2017

I recently purchased Gavin Aung Than’s In The Mood For Work to add to the walls above my typewriter. When I placed the order, Gav asked me to share a photo that he could post on his Instagram page. While I’m certainly far from the company of those that The Guardian has chosen to feature […]

EMBRACING BOREDOM IS A CREATIVE TOOL…

July 31st, 2017

One of my favorite authors—one I think of as a kind of mentor—plays solitaire (with real cards, not on the computer) when he’s stuck. I like that idea, but I can see the advantage of simply putting your head down. Louise Welsh, writing in I work best when I reach a mild degree of boredom […]

COUNTING COUP: KEEP, TRACK WHAT YOU DELETE…

July 29th, 2017

Writing is never like a beeline. Well almost never, Isaac Asimov claimed to write single drafts, and there may be other unicorns out there; but for the rest of us, writing is a meandering journey marked by innumerable dead ends and lost paths. We meander like Billy on a mission. (My own pre-dawn excursions with […]

TAIBBI CHECKS TWITTER, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN…

July 28th, 2017

Matt Taibbi, writing in Anthony Scaramucci Era Will Be Freakish, Embarrassing, Short for Rolling Stone… Oh, of fuck trying to excerpt and comment on Taibbi. Just read the whole fucking thing. (I have to say, however, that the last three paragraphs are particularly tasty.)

BEST DESCRIPTION OF PROCRASTINATION EVER

July 25th, 2017

Oliver Burkeman, writing in On being tempted by the call of the perverse for The Guardian, quotes a bit of Edgar Allan Poe on productivity’s hoariest demon: procrastination. Burkeman pulls only a few words from Poe but I was motivated to read the entire work—an essay-cum-short story titled The Imp of the Perverse. There Poe […]

MY JOB IS TO DAILY ENGAGE IN FAILURE…

July 23rd, 2017

Every morning as I sit down to this keyboard I remind myself of Walter Mosley’s revelation that: Writing is a kind of guerilla warfare; there is no vacation, no leave, no relief. In actuality there is very little chance of victory. Nick Laird, writing in My lists say things like 1. buy milk. 2. call […]

YOU CAN BE PERFECT, BUT NOT EVERYWHERE…

July 7th, 2017

There are many others like myself who find much to admire or even fetishize about Japanese culture. One aspect that came to be aware of decades ago is that Japanese culture is not innovative, but rather perfectionist. Given any foreign development, Japanese will work tirelessly to improve and improve and improve until perfection is achieved. […]

OBJECTIVITY IS THE IMPOSSIBLE MYTH…

June 28th, 2017

I graduated from Ohio University in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Journalism. (The double irony there is inescapable.) Unlike most of my peers I had the slight advantage of being a bit older than the norm and I think that maturity edge helped me resist the popular drive for objectivity. Yes, journalists should attempt […]

WILL CLEVELAND.COM RUN JACKSON’S CAMPAIGN?

June 19th, 2017

[Be sure to listen to Roldo’s talk with Ralph Nader on The Ralph Nader Radio Hour. JH] In August of 1983—some 34 years ago—I wrote this about the Plain Dealer: “It’s like a giant whale, beached in shallow water. Too embarrassing not to look at, too big to give it much help, and too obvious […]

THE MORE WE AUTOMATE, THE MORE WE CAN SEE…

June 17th, 2017

There is a sense that writers compartmentalize. That we have a time and a place where we write and that after we have written our self-imposed daily allotment, we stop and go about the rest of our mundane day. I don’t buy that. Being a writer is a 24-hour-a-day reality and we never stop being […]

ROGER EUGENE AILES, 1940-2017, RIH*

May 21st, 2017

Matt Taibbi delivers the best obituary for Ohio’s worst ever export. My highlights: When I mentioned to one of my relatives that I was writing about the death of Ailes, the response was, “Say that you hope he’s reborn as a woman in Saudi Arabia.” Ailes has no one but his fast-stiffening self to blame […]

I WANT A READING CHAIR LIKE THIS ONE…

May 20th, 2017

A cursory search on line did not turn up a reasonable facsimile of what wartier Ahdaf Soueif describes as his Victorian reading chair, but I think the chair, with a built-in book arm is near perfect.

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