Archive for the 'Writing' Category

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 […]

LAY, LAID, LAYING, LIE, LAY, LYING, LIE, LIED…

June 1st, 2015

I was in the break room, filling my coffee mug, when one of the Language Arts, what we used to call English, teachers announced her entrance to no one in particular with “god I hate grammar.” Setting aside the irony of that moment, consider that I, and the other teachers in the room, felt for […]

HOW CREATIVITY REALLY WORKS…

May 31st, 2015

Creativity is hard. Really, really hard. If you’re writing/painting/sculpting/drawing/scoring ideas faster than your fingers can move, here’s a clue: you’re producing drek. Some writer—just who is a matter of debate—observed that writing was easy, you just opened a view and bled onto the paper. I think I like Derf’s graphic version better.

I AM NO. 46,028, THAT IS INCREDIBLY DISTURBING…

May 30th, 2015

I added my name this morning to a petition post by Reporters Without Borders after reading “Raif Badawi’s detention is an insult to intelligence and freedom” this morning on the group’s website. I generally ignore such online pleas, but I signed the petition because I could clearly read the language and fully support the intent […]

THE BOSS* WANTS YOU MEEK AND TERRIFIED…

May 29th, 2015

Writing in Anonymous Fearmongering About the Patriot Act from the White House and NYT Glenn Greenwald says: Several of the most extremist provisions of the 2001 Patriot Act are going to expire on June 1 unless Congress reauthorizes them in some form. Obama officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and new Attorney […]

MAKING A POLITICIAN IS SIMPLY RIDICULOUS…

May 29th, 2015

Did television change politics or simply maKe what had always been the case easier and so plain that we could no longer see the forest for the trees? Writing in The Book That Changed Campaigns Forever for Politico Scott Porch writes: Before Richard Ben Cramer and What It Takes, before John Heilemann and Mark Halperin […]

SMARTER NOT HARDER DOES NOT EQUAL BETTER…

May 26th, 2015

There are two reasons to work smarter, not harder: you either want more time for leisure (or at least to do non-work related tasks) or you want time to do more work. The former is obvious. The latter, however, depends upon who you’re doing the work for: yourself or someone else. What stagnant wages since […]

THE HACKS WANT SEYMOUR HERSH’S BLOOD…

May 18th, 2015

Seymour Hersh, by shining light on lazy journalism of what passes for a Free Press in America has earned the wrath of the bought and paid for media. Seymour Hersh has done the public a great service by breathing life into questions surrounding the official narrative of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Yet […]

SEYMOUR HERSH UNCOVERS THE LIES… AGAIN…

May 17th, 2015

When a government, or a corporation, speaks to you, the default position must be that you are being lied to. That was the credo of proto-blogger and journalist icon I.F. Stone. Any thinking human—like Seymour Hersh—ought to adopt the position as their own. Remember the crowing about how America, standing against the world, used CIA […]

REGARDLESS, YOU SHOULDN’T USE IRREGARDLESS…

May 13th, 2015

THRIVING ON, AND RELISHING, CHAOS…

May 4th, 2015

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ROLDO RIGHTS ON PEE DEE ECHOES OF THE PAST…

April 18th, 2015

I didn’t get an answer to the April 15 letter below. Not unusual. The following e-mail was written to Chris Quinn, vice president of content for the Northeast Ohio Media Group. We can expect more content-less content in the next few weeks as news retreats to make way for sports, the GOP convention and rock […]

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