Writin’ (February 17, 2014)
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W1 “Read and write and read and write and read and write and read and write and rinse and repeat.”
W2 “Learn to juggle all the words in the English language and a few other languages behind your back in the dark with ease.”
W1 “And recognize the nuances of education, location, geography, employment, religion, politics, race and class.”
W2 “Develop an eye for detail and an ear for dialogue.”
W1 “Subtly appreciate and acknowledge the true nature and flow of actual daily discourse and conversation.”
W2 “And understand and capture the smell and feel and taste of a person, place and thing.”
W1 “Write what you know. And know much.”
W2 “Go beyond knowing and write what you understand.”
W1 “And understand much.”
W2 “Go beyond understanding and write about and with wisdom.”
W1 “Then write what terrifies you and satisfies you and mystifies you and pacifies you.”
W2 “Show. Do not tell.”
W1 “Tell a great story by showing a great story.”
W2 “Show and tell may be the most revealing show and tell.”
W1 “It is often easier done than said.”
W2 “It is only said if it is done.”
W1 “It is only done if it is done.”
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W2 “Celebrating one’s love for language is another way to celebrate the day.”
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W1 “Are ‘Doonesbury’ and ‘Prairie Home Companion’ the Great American Novels?”
W2 “A novel notion. The Great American Novel is not a novel after all but rather a visual depiction in “Doonesbury” and an oral transmission in “Prairie Home Companion” depicted and transmitted in dollops over the decades. They reward those with an eye for detail and an ear for dialogue.”
W1 “Devoid of all the insecure male posturing that seems to be deemed the sine qua non of the GAN.”
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[See the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/nyregion/ban-sought-on-microbeads-in-beauty-items.html?hp&_r=0 seeking to address microscopic beads that get into the water supply. See the “e-ssays” under https://e-commentary.org/category/plastic/ that are part of “Project Plastic.”]
[From the New Confederacy in Utah and Oklahoma to the Old South in Virginia, hate is on the run, on the retreat, and on the retrograde. See the e-ssay” titled The Sea Change Is Now A Tsunami (March 11, 2013). For those who are troubled by slavery in all its forms and permutations, the vote in Tennessee, a charter member of the Old South, on unionization at the Volkswagen plant is disappointing.]
Bumper stickers of the week:
Observe, Listen, (smell, feel, taste), Question, Comment
Art for art’s sake is somewhat uninspired and uninspiring. Exquisitely superb art that promotes positive political, economic and social purposes is the most inspired art.