Category Archives: Thoughts on writing

America’s Favorite Victim

The title of America’s Favorite Victim was first awarded to Mabel Norman in 1913 for her role in Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life.   Jamie Lee Curtis won the title for the entirety of the 1970s when she starred … Continue reading

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Rhodesia Repost from Last Year

This needs to be said again. And again. Before free speech and accurate histories are regarded as only important to white racists. Updated September 22, 2021 As Long As a Free Man Breathes There Will Always Be a Rhodesia When … Continue reading

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But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only

This is what rappers can only dream of. Some of my favorite lines: So don’t fear if you hear A foreign sound to your ear It’s alright, Ma, I’m only sighing While money doesn’t talk, it swears But even the … Continue reading

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The NYT, Ukraine, and The War

The New York Times still cannot condone war under any conditions, even with the complete justification that Ukraine has to defend itself. “All across the United States, small groups of military veterans are gathering, planning and getting passports in order. … Continue reading

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Lord Walter’s Wife by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To quote Thackery, “unlawful passion, felt by a man for a woman.” True, but incomplete. More like a lecture by a woman. An admonishment to a man on his duplicitous behavior and judgment when a woman expresses passion towards him. … Continue reading

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The Content Mill as Crime: A Look at Urban Writers

One cent a word. Going up to two cents a word. I once did a number of writing jobs for Catalogs.com. They’re a content mill and I was paid $25.00 to $35.00 an article, depending on if I supplied photographs. … Continue reading

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When Did the Modern Writing & Poetry Era Begin?

When Did the Modern Writing & Poetry Era Begin? After World War II. A clear line exist between writers and poets who established their reputations before World War II and those that came after. I don’t read many of the … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Book versus Movie Script

A novel and its screenplay well demonstrate the skills of revising and editing. A book must be pared down to fit a film’s run length and to eliminate much of the scene setting in a novel done with words and … Continue reading

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“How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!” by Edward Lear

Edward Lear wrote nonsense poetry before Lewis Carrol (internal link) was born. Carrol, and perhaps the entirety of the literate English people, tremendously enjoyed Lear’s writing and drawings in newspapers and otherwise. By otherwise I mean he was a professional … Continue reading

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A Few Good Lines From a Few Good Men

Thomas Guy Farley Testifies in Court on thomasfarleyblog.com LTJG Kaffee: Mr. Farley. Did you build the website thomasfarleyblog.com? Judge Randolph: You don’t have to answer that question! Farley: I’ll answer the question. You want answers? LTJG Kaffee: I think I’m … Continue reading

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