Archive for the 'Writing' Category

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 […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: IT’S SO GOOD TO BE
ATTACKED, TO BE WHACKED BY FLACKS…

November 17th, 2014

I have been attacked! Whacked by a flack no less. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be attacked by a paid flack who was a big Pooh-Bah publisher and editor. My critic is Brian Tucker the former publisher for Crain’s Business Review, a pro-business weekly. His ad notes, After 25 years […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: WHY EXPECT NEWSPAPERS
TO BE BETTER THAN THE REST OF OUR SOCIETY?

November 11th, 2014

[Note: due to time constraints, the copy below has not been fully formated or copy edited. JH] The latest episode in the Plain Dealer history of shortchanging its readers by the removal of the taping of the single meeting of the Ohio gubernatorial candidates is hardly the first instance of corruption of a free press. […]

HAVE COFFEE WILL WRITE: THE BLOG
9 NOVEMBER 2004—9 NOVEMBER 2014…

November 9th, 2014

On 17 July 2002, there was Have Coffee Will Write, the website… Some 27 months later came Have Coffee Will Write, the blog. Gone thinking if I want to do this for another 10 years or no…

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI H…

November 8th, 2014

The fact that human beings have created, and daily create, this self-directed system through which they divest themselves of their innermost identity is not therefore the result of some incomprehensible misunderstanding of history, nor is it history somehow gone off its rails. Neither is it the product of some diabolical higher will which has decided, […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

November 8th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News After the military Early gift shoppers stroll city Marietta man accused of rape for contact with girl, 7 Devola man accused of kidnap, assault Museum fundraisers Top Headlines Poll: How would you assess job opportunities for today’s graduates? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on […]

ON THE SUBJECT OF GENIUS…

November 7th, 2014

For sometime I have had my personal aphorism on the subject of genius—Genius is doing the work… Now!—taped to the top of my laptop screen. I’ve even gone so far as to have the copyrighted phrase printed on pencils that I both use and distribute to my students. This morning I was reminded of another […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI G…

November 7th, 2014

Position in the power hierarchy determines the degree of responsibility and guilt, but it gives no one unlimited responsibility and guilt, nor does it completely absolve anyone. Thus the conflict between the aims of life and the aims of the system is not a conflict between two socially defined and separate communities; and only a […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

November 7th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Two old gems Vote on oil, gas leases a step closer Citizens dive into saving Beverly’s pool Race for holiday sales is on for retailers Rotary’s day for veterans Top Headlines Poll: Will we see less gridlock out of Washington in the next two years? […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI F…

November 6th, 2014

Everyone, however, is in fact involved and enslaved, not only the greengrocers but also the prime ministers. Differing positions in the hierarchy merely establish differing degrees of involvement: the greengrocer is involved only to a minor extent, but he also has very little power. The prime minister, naturally, has greater power, but in return he […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

November 6th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Business fire Ormet plant’s scraps for sale Tape has jail’s call; deputy’s report on fatality Panel rejects 5th St. permit proposal Changes touted at MMH Top Headlines Poll: What should Ohio do with Common Core? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: JOHN KASICH, CHRIS QUINN AND
CLEVELAND’S DYSFUNCTIONAL PLAIN DEALER…

November 5th, 2014

The Plain Dealer—and I use that name despite the division with the Northeast Ohio Media Group (which sounds like some ad consulting firm)—appears to display a dual personality disorder. A web site and a printed paper. Would Macy’s tell Gimbles? Why the division within a newspaper? And does the newspaper understand the confusion it displays? […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI E…

November 5th, 2014

If an entire district town is plastered with slogans that no one reads, it is on the one hand a message from the district secretary to the regional secretary, but it is also something more: a small example of the principle of social auto-totality at work. Part of the essence of the post-totalitarian system is […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

November 5th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Commissioner Deputy on leave after fatality County helps Johnson win 3rd term Thompson keeps Ohio House seat Race for Ohio’s 94th District seat too close Top Headlines Poll: What’s your favorite main dish for Thanksgiving dinner? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

PLAIN DEALER, HENRY GOMEZ, TAKE NOTE…

November 4th, 2014

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VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI D…

November 4th, 2014

The woman who ignored the greengrocer’s slogan may well have hung a similar slogan just an hour before in the corridor of the office where she works. She did it more or less without thinking, just as our greengrocer did, and she could do so precisely because she was doing it against the background of […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

November 4th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Poll workers Shriners make new kids gym a reality Pedestrian killed crossing Ohio 7 Common Core: Bill would create 3-year period of adjustment County health office targets juvenile diabetes Top Headlines Poll: Should Ohio require breath test equipment on vehicles driven by convicted drunk drivers? […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI C…

November 3rd, 2014

The greengrocer had to put the slogan in his window, therefore, not in the hope that someone might read it or be persuaded by it, but to contribute, along with thousands of other slogans, to the panorama that everyone is very much aware of. This panorama, of course, has a subliminal meaning as well: it […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

November 3rd, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Ohio 339 determines school split Most are unswayed or annoyed by campaign ads Pay it forward: Retired teacher keeps active American Legion toy run raises $6,000 for area children Remember safety as temps start to drop Top Headlines Poll: Do you think political ads and […]

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI B…

November 2nd, 2014

It seems senseless to require the greengrocer to declare his loyalty publicly. But it makes sense nevertheless. People ignore his slogan, but they do so because such slogans are also found in other shop windows, on lampposts, bulletin boards, in apartment windows, and on buildings; they are everywhere, in fact. They form part of the […]

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