Friday, March 24, 2017

When It’s Raining . . .

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. . . Go to the Library 


“A library is many things. It’s a place to go, to get in out of the rain. It’s a place to go if you want to sit and think.” . . .

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort.

“A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. 

“Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people — people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” 

—E.B. White, (1899-1985), writer, reader and book guy, letter to the children of Troy, Michigan, 1971


Editorial Comment: Naps, too.


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Creek’s a-Risin’












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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Heresy

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. . . and Lies  

“[J]ournalists may have to rethink their reliance on quotes, a heretical notion for many. When a quote is a lie, journalists should think about not using it at all. If the lie needs to be cited, it should be buried deep within the story, under the debunking, and not put in the headline or the first paragraph. If we learn not to lead with the lies, maybe they will lose some of their stickiness.” 


—Amanda Marcotte, politics writer, “Can journalists debunk Trump’s lies without amplifying them? It’s challenging but not impossible,” Salon.com, Feb. 15, 2017

Editorial Comment: But not their other grossness.

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Moorings in Waiting












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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In a Word . . .

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Hoovering and Snarfing



“I had spent years hoovering up words as quickly and indiscriminately as I could, the linguistic equivalent of a dog snarfing up spilled popcorn; . . . I was a woman obsessed: I traced words across the rough sword and buckler of Old English, over the sibilant seesaw of Middle English, through the bawdy wink-wink-nudge-nudge of Shakespeare . . . I hadn’t just fallen down this rabbit hole: I saw that hole in the distance and ran full tilt at it, throwing myself headlong into it. The more I learned, the more I fell in love with this wild, vibrant whore of a language.” 

—Kory Stamper, lexicographer and writer, “Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer,” Longreads.com, March 2017



Don't call me a journalist; I hate the word. It's pretentious!
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Editorial Comment: Just saying “lexicographer” sounds nerdy. But, Gawd, there are a lot of fine words just in that one paragraph.


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Dumpie’s Fan Club







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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Misery Quotient

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Let’s Take 5. Maybe 10.


“At a certain point, there’s a misery quotient that results from immersing one’s self in the news, in the almost forensic detail of the suffering, and I have to ask myself, ‘How does this affect my life?’” 

—Christian Livermore, writer, in Christopher Mele, Fatigued by the News? Experts Suggest How to Adjust Your Media Diet,” The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2017


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Editorial Comment: I’m begging you — Please, just make it stop!


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Ooooohhhh, noooooooooo!!!!












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Monday, March 20, 2017

‘Thanks for the use of the hall’

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News Note: Columnist Jimmy Breslin died yesterday at 88. —30— 

Goodbye, ‘unlettered bum’


“Don’t call me a journalist; I hate the word. It’s pretentious.”


—Jimmy Breslin (1930-2017), NYC columnist, author, Pulitzer Prize-winner and “unlettered bum,” died Sunday at 88.







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Editorial Comment: “Built like a Tammany ward heeler of a century ago, all belly and lopsided grin,” said People magazine in 1982. They don’t make ’em like Breslin anymore.

NYTimes Obit
WaPost Obit

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Confused Christmas Cactus — It’s the first day of spring!













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Friday, March 17, 2017

Mr. Trump’s Neighborhood

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

“The president finally got to the point where he said, ‘do I really want to make the coal miner in West Virginia, or the auto worker in Ohio, or the single mom in Detroit to pay for the National Endowment of the Arts or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting?’ And the answer is no.”
—Mike Mulvaney, White House budget director, on “Fox and Friends,” “Trump budget would end federal funding for arts endowment, PBS,” Fox, March 16, 2017




Editorial Comment: Well, yes, I want to pound something...

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Darkening Days













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