Archive for the 'Writing' Category

May 2nd, 2016

NOTE: THE FIRST TWO POSTS- BERNIE VOWS A CONTESTED CONVENTION IN JULY…; ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…; and WASHINGTON WAKES UP TO DEMOCRACY… -ARE STUCK TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE. NEWER STORIES DO APPEAR BELOW.

CAFFEINE: THE ACCEPTABLE ADDICTION…

April 29th, 2016

On Thursday I commented on Oliver Burkeman’s examination of Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, and clearly the topic is so dear to Oliver’s (and my own) heart that he decided to revisit the book, focusing on the common coffee thread among artists. ‘Delightedly he seized hold of the bag containing the sugar and […]

MAGIC PRODUCTIVITY IS A SWORD IN THE STONE…

April 28th, 2016

Year ago I knew a woman addicted to self-help books. She read them like an a crack head lighting her pipe. She lived (and maybe still lives) her life in search of the perfect solution, Christ’s cup, Excalibur. I’m that way with productivity porn, but I’ve come, in recent years to see my addiction for […]

BOOKSTORES ARE A COMMUNITY’S SOUL…

April 18th, 2016

So, while reading Steph Harmnon’s Breaking borders: how to make the best bookshop in the world—a good read about independent bookstore chain Readings—I succumbed to a bit of click bait: The 10 best independent bookshops in the world—readers recommend. Years ago I did coffee house tours of Cleveland, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky and reading The […]

SNOWDEN, CHOMSKY AND GREENWALD TALK…

April 3rd, 2016

[Update @ 0637] So, I’ve just finished watching the discussion and while I found the entire conversation fascinating, I would make note of three bits. First, beginning at about time mark 1:26:10, Edward Snowden points to the single greatest flaw in our present security state when he says, “When you collect everything, you understand nothing.” […]

JOURNALISTIC OBJECTIVITY IS A PERNICIOUS LIE…

March 21st, 2016

Glenn Greenwald, writing in The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic “Neutrality” for The Intercept, explains: Contrary to what U.S. media corporations have succeeded in convincing people, these journalistic neutrality rules are not remotely traditional. They are newly invented concepts that coincided with the acquisition of the nation’s most important […]

TAIBBI ON NEW YORK TIMES’ SUBTLE SMEAR JOB…

March 16th, 2016

In my very early days as a blogger I recall a very early—like three o’clock early—morning accident when I caught a reader writing, and editing, a comment. I found the process fascinating. I watched as the reader carefully considered, changed, changed again, deleted and shifted tacks in crafting their message to me. That is what […]

I DISCOVERED A MENTION…

March 10th, 2016

Like most netizens I occasionally surf the google to see if anyone is paying attention. This morning I came across a rather obscure mention in the 2008 book Blog Wars, written by David Perlmutter. My very brief mention (Perlmutter thankfully got my name right) comes at the top of page 135. The reference is to […]

QUINN THROWS AT WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS

March 2nd, 2016

Is the Plain Dealer trying to confuse readers, simply trying to have it both ways, or just flopping around? I think maybe the latter, unfortunately. Chris Quinn, vice president of content, Cleveland.com (Whatever happened to editors?), writes that the Plain Dealer will endorse candidates but that’s not the end, as I think it used to […]

EDNA O’BRIEN READS SEAMUS HEANEY’S AENEID

February 29th, 2016

I ordered my copy from Mac’s Backs this morning.

HUSSY, MADAM, COURTESAN, SPINSTER, WENCH…

January 28th, 2016

George Carlin famously gave us the seven dirty words that you can’t say on television: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. The Oxford University Press, in an exercise of collocation, went Carlin one better and gives us eight words that indicate English (or for we secessionists on the other side of the pond, […]

HERE’S TO A GOOD 2015 AND A BETTER 2016…

January 1st, 2016

For the first few years of blogging I was obsessive about my reader statistics. I think we all were. That changed with time and not until Roldo Bartimole began publishing his essays here did I begin to regularly watch the number again. The past 12 months have been pretty good, as the numbers above indicate, […]

THE KEY TO CHANGE IS FINDING OUR WHYS

December 25th, 2015

The why we must seek, however, is not why we want to change, but rather why we do what we want to change. Oliver Burkeman’s column The truth about inefficiency reminded me of Thomas Moore’s Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism. While Moore focused specifically on Sadism, the principle involved is that we take actions—that […]

SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS LATER, FEWER REMEMBER…

December 7th, 2015

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet […]

DECROISSANCE, MINIMALISM FOR A SMALL PLANET…

November 16th, 2015

A great deal of thought in recent years has gone into how reducing our use of material resources could be managed in ways that actually improve quality of life overall—what the French call selective degrowth. [In French, decroissance has the double meaning of challenging both growth, croissance, and croire, to believe—invoking the idea of choosing […]

QUESTING FOR DELIBERATE PRACTICE

November 14th, 2015

I thought I wrote about deliberate practice earlier, but this morning, after a longish search I’ve turned up zip at Have Coffee Will Write. In my head this was something I first read in one of Oliver Burkeman’s columns, but I found nothing there. (While walking Buster this morning a different search criteria came to […]

NO ONE CAN SEE ME WRITE IN THE DARK…

November 10th, 2015

I’ve always been a bit of a cave dweller, a person who prefers darkened spaces with only the minimum of task lighting, and now Oliver Burkeman has provided me with a rational: I’m disinhibited in such places. Burkeman writing in Anonymity isn’t just for crooks and trolls for The Guardian expounds: Inhibition and disinhibition are […]

PLAYING CHICKEN WITH OUR ONLY PLANET…

November 7th, 2015

The essay below also appears today in the North Royalton edition of The Post. We cannot sanely burn the carbon reserves—oil, natural gas and coal—now on the corporate books. What is this bizarre reality where we waste hundreds of millions of dollars searching for more? One driven by greed so strong that the people responsible […]

NAOMI KLEIN ON THE GREAT TRANSITION, PART II…

October 21st, 2015

We will need comprehensive policies and programs that make low-carbon choices easy and convenient for everyone. Most of all, these policies need to be fair, so that the people already struggling to cover the basics are not being asked to make additional sacrifice to offset the excess consumption of the rich. That means cheap public […]

THIS SCARES THE BEJESUS OUT OF BILLIONAIRES…

October 19th, 2015

This is a message that I have done my best to repeat for most of my life: if you want to save the planet, don’t recycle, don’t reuse, feckin’ reduce the amount of crap you buy. Naomi Klein phrases the sentiment much better. Deep emission cuts in the wealthy nations have to start immediately. That […]

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