Category Archives: non-fiction writing

They Were Nice People. Generally.

“They were nice people. Generally.” Reportedly said by a witness to the dealings of Richard Nixon’s inner circle. That included henchmen like H.R.Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and John Mitchell. Nice people. Generally. Working Around Connected People in the late 1980s. A … Continue reading

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Kitsch-man as Tourist by Ludwig Giesz. And the Rise of the Selfie.

What is kitsch? Everything in the last town I lived in which was Las Vegas. I know it when I see it. I’ll leave a better definition to dictionaries and the great book KITSCH: The World of Bad Taste by … Continue reading

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Repost: You Better Drive. I Think There’s Something Wrong With Me

“You Better Drive. I Think There is Something Wrong With Me” This quote is from¬†Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson Reposted with bonus material on March 17, 2021 Updated November 29, 2020 I’ve railed before against the … Continue reading

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Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1)

Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1) Little writing is more stilted or conforming to its trade than legal writing. Anything submitted to the court must sound legal, just as the IRS tax Code must sound like all that previously written … Continue reading

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The Continuing Loss to the World of Amy Winehouse

The Continuing Loss to the World of Amy Winehouse Valerie Amy WInehous (1983 – 2011) Well sometimes I go out by myself And I look across the water And I think of all the things, what you’re doing And in … Continue reading

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The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo

The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) I think of Kipling (internal link — one of several) as a master of putting down difficult dialects on a page, similarly skilled as Mark Twain. The confidence and style … Continue reading

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Bots Censoring Even Storied, Factual Magazines

Few history magazines are more well respected than American Heritage. Its scholarship, impartiality, and stable of great writers have proven its worth over more than a half century in print and online. Today, mindless bots and algorithms are now attacking … Continue reading

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When Did Lying Become Illegal?

Freedom of speech includes the right to lie and make things up. That right is being threatened. Laws against slander and libel are well settled. The law’s insistence on truth in specific cases like contracts usually makes common sense. As … Continue reading

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Insane Expectations and Lies

Insane Expectations and Lies Express Writers’ current job post at Indeed.com expresses the complete and unrealistic expectations of every content mill, as well as the lie about pay. $20 to $30 an hour? Not a chance. Express points to this … Continue reading

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More On Real World Revising and Editing

Content writers don’t care about word choice. Not ultimately. It’s up to the editor, perhaps their boss, or ¬†maybe the client who makes the final decision on words and word usage. That’s why assessment tests with difficult grammar problems make … Continue reading

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