“Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path”
Disaster Journalism High and Low
The New York Times has a human interest story, “Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path, Millions are United in Fear,” a fine example of quality upper-crust American journalism, against which it is interesting to contrast “’Waffle House Index’ is a real thing during disasters. How does the restaurant . . .
Searching for Tom Wolfe
Thinking about the writer Tom Wolfe, who died on May 14, I searched for his name across all my e-books. Up popped some thirty-six, leaving aside Wolfe's own novels and essays, containing a total of 151 references. An interesting fact of probably no relevance, the references were apparently distributed according to some power law. (See . . .
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Writing well to get ahead in politics
In his biographical essay ‘Asquith,’ Winston Churchill describes how an ability to write well helped him win swift political advancement in the reforming British Liberal government headed by H.H. Asquith from 1908 to 1915. Churchill entered Asquith’s cabinet as President of the Board of Trade in 1908, at the age of 34; . . .
Dead men sing no songs
Three men are riding through a dark wood, two common soldiers, and a noble lord.
“My mother told me that dead men sing no songs”, puts in the younger of the soldiers.
“My wet nurse said the same thing”, replies the lord. “Never believe anything you hear at a woman’s tit.”
On reading this, . . .
Buying a Smiley
I don't now remember the sequence of clicks that brought me to the Amazon page for John le Carré’s new George Smiley novel “A Legacy of Spies”. Maybe I was set off down that path by one of the several marketing emails the kindly internet titan sends me daily. Or perhaps I was already on the site browsing idly as a . . .
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