Archive for the 'Non-Fiction' Category

OBAMA, TRUMP & TA-NEHISI COATES’ EVOLUTION…

October 9th, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates is tired. Really, really tired, and the mantles dropped on his shoulders by the likes of Toni Morrison, The New York Times and the MacArthur Foundation are not making his life easier. The man just wants to write, damn it! After publishing yet another insightful essay in The Atlantic and a third book […]

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 […]

ANNDDD, I’M BACK…

August 28th, 2017

A most fruitful week. Look for details tomorrow.

WHAT I’M READING NOW: BERNIE TO EDUCATION…

March 26th, 2017

First up this morning, Trevor Timm on Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party. My takeaway: In other words, [the DNC elite are] doubling down on the exact same failing strategy that Clinton used in the final months of the campaign. Sanders himself put it this way in his usual blunt style […]

TIME TO SHOVEL OUT THE BLOGPILE…

February 2nd, 2017

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens All You Need is Less says goodbye: the best comments from a year of columns Naval Academy reinstates celestial navigation TPP Isn’t About Free Trade — It’s About Protecting Corporate Profits Details of Dallas gunman’s larger plans emerge after protests around the US Gay Talese: ‘Most journalists are voyeurs. Of […]

WE HAVE LEFT THE TRUTHINESS ZONE…

January 26th, 2017

No wonder sales of George Orwell’s 1948 dystopian classic 1984 have, in 21st century terms, gone viral. Yesterday over morning tea I had just this conversation that Richard Wolfe suggests in Trump’s lies are delusional. But the dangers they pose are now very real. For The Guardian, Wolfe writes: Let us count the ways Donald […]

ANNDDD… I’M BACK…

November 25th, 2016

As promised, I’m back from a mini-retreat from the news, but over the course of the last 16 days a lot of news was published and guess what? My world didn’t collapse. So I’ve decided to ease my way back in over the balance of 2016 and decide, probably somewhere short of my previous deep […]

ADAM HARVEY, THE ORGANIC MECHANIC, RETURNS…

November 21st, 2016

I saw a lot of faces, that I haven’t seen in too many years at the memorial service for George Nemeth held at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Library in Collinwood last evening. I stayed about twice as long as I had intended and got to catch up people who were around in the beginning of […]

BLOGDADDY GEORGE A. NEMETH JR.: 1968-2016…

November 7th, 2016

If you’re a blogger you need to be at The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. for the memorial service for Cleveland’s blogger zero, George Andrew Nemeth Jr. You can read George’s official obituary here, and I’m sure that much more will be said over the consumption of adult beverages in […]

MY PLAN FOR 9-24 NOVEMBER: (NEARLY) NO NEWS…

November 5th, 2016

For the 16 days running from Wednesday, 9 November to Friday, 25 November, I have a plan. With a single exception—events in and around the Dakota Access Pipe Line (I’ve set up a Google alert for this purpose)—I’m not going to read any news. Full stop. I’m also not going to write any news here […]

WHERE ARE OHIO POLITICAL BLOGS NOW…?

October 6th, 2016

So, this morning as I was checking traffic I noticed a visitor from the Ohio page of Ron Gunzburger’s Politics 1 where Have Coffee Will Write is included in a list of political blogs in Ohio. Looking at the list I wondered how many were still active. The first blog I clicked on was Right […]

COULD I BE AS BRAVE AS ANDREW SULLIVAN…?

September 21st, 2016

I launched Have Coffee Will Write, the blog, on Tuesday, 9 November 2004 with LEARNING FROM HISTORY… The Republican ’20s (you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of page, this was before permalinks). A dozen years later I may be tired of all the glamor and ready to move on. Cal Newport makes the case […]

DIGGING FOR GOLD IN THE DEEPENING BLOGPILE…

July 25th, 2016

Biggest US coal company funded dozens of climate denier groups saved 41 days ago. Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone saved 40 days ago. Trump bans Washington Post from officially covering his campaign saved 40 days ago. Mormon Secrets: What the Missionaries Don’t Tell saved 36 days ago. Banned Mormon Cartoon—EXTENDED VERSION […]

TIME TO SHOVEL OUT THE BLOGPILE…

July 24th, 2016

Taxpayers Really Do Subsidise Walmart’s Wage Bill saved 410 days ago. Why I Hate the Internet found so many readers saved 69 days ago. The Persuasion Reading List saved 69 days ago. Impossible To Ignore saved 67 days ago. Walmart milk plant gets $10.7 million tax breaks, ups job estimate saved 64 days ago. Let’s […]

RALPH NADER KNOWS WHAT THE MEANING OF IS IS…

July 20th, 2016

Ralph Nader writes in Harvard Lawless School and You: Harvard Law School professors love to use hypotheticals in their classes. So let’s try one that they have not subjected their students to in its 200 years of storied history. What if the Law School split itself into two parts—each with different professors and students on […]

MILESTONE PASSED: 15,000 POSTS WRITTEN…

May 12th, 2016

I wasn’t paying sufficient attention to the counters and I only noticed this morning that back on 5 May I passed another milestone at Have Coffee Will Write when I published post no. 15,000. I passed the 10,000 posts milestone back on 4 April 2010. Just sayin’, cheers…

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO HAVE COFFEE WILL WRITE

May 6th, 2016

So, I’ve found a little time to play with the code beneath Have Coffee Will Write using the WordPress widget Jetpack. The first bit I’ve changed is to add a subscribe function to the top of the sidebar. If you think getting email updates wouldn’t be too intrusive, give the subscription service a shot. You […]

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 […]

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